Is CHOGM a Red Herring to entrap Sri Lanka with the 13th amendment?
Posted on July 23rd, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

“One night with Venus and a lifetime with Mercury” aptly relates to the unfolding events taking place in Sri Lanka given the Government policy decision to embrace the pomp and pageantry to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in preference to rejecting the 13th amendment/Indo Lanka Accord.  The choice will place Sri Lanka in a perilous and irreversible situation sealing the fate of Sri Lanka and even its leaders. The public support lies with the valiant soldiers who want to get rid of the 13th amendment while the CHOGM is simply a Colombian satisfying event. CHOGM lacks roots and has no relevance to the public of Sri Lanka who are more interested in the 13th amendment/Indo Lanka Accord. Metaphorically speaking CHOGM represents Venus (one night stand) while 13th amendment is a lifetime threat to Sri Lanka.

The pithy saying quoted above was coined in the 19th century and refers to two planets to alert the public to the deadly habit of womanizing and risk of contracting syphilis, an incurable disease until the late 1920s. Mercury was used as a remedy to treat syphilis over a lifetime but it was an agonizing treatment. The eventual cure came with the discovery of Penicillin in 1928. We can now connect the saying with the current state of affairs.

Valiant leadership required

The13th amendment and the forcibly imposed Indo – Lanka Accord now remain like an incurable disease unless the same valiant leadership that withstood the tides to win the war on terror in May 2009 is adopted. The fault of policy makers not to immediately declare all agreements detrimental to the national security of the nation as being null and void, and unacceptable to Sri Lanka is a circumstance that again has come to haunt us.

CHOGM and the Colonial Legacy 

CHOGM or the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is all about former colonies meeting with their former boss. What is there to be proud about being enslaved or governed by a colonial power?

This is a question all former colonies need to ask. People unaware of history may think that like in the present the Queen or the British Empire shared afternoon tea with the natives discussing their woes? That is dreaming because colonial rule was nothing short of enslavement of subject people. So decades after gaining paper freedom are we to be giving an impression to the rest of the world that we are thankful to have been colonized by Britain and treated as slaves or second class people in our country? This is the question that people promoting the pomp of the CHOGM pageant shies away from answering.

Ideally at every Commonwealth event, Great Britain must be made to read out a speech of its atrocities and apologize to these nations while phasing out a plan to annually make amends for the gross human rights violations it has committed over centuries. Instead, Britain becomes the Chief Guest and former colonies want to celebrate the anniversaries of their invasion or conquest?  

What we all need to remember is that as Sri Lankans we have a score to settle with our former colonial masters. That chapter is not closed yet. Our national pride is at stake. Our leaders must not become lickspittle and show undue deference to those who have yet to apologise, account and pay compensation for their crimes on our land.   Posterity will never have a good word for those who prostrate themselves in subservience to former colonial masters. In short, our current leaders must not let our country down through belittling and self “”…” deprecating behavior.

 The material is all out there. What did the colonials do to nations they conquered? Did they come as guests and visitors with benevolent intentions? No, they were conquerors “”…” they plundered lands, they demarcated territory according to their wishes, they began plantations that would accrue profits to their nations and leaving the indigenous people landless, they divided people so that the people would not join against them, they murdered, slaughtered and raped the natives, they planned evil methods to kill at times to vanquish entire territories of people “”…” This being the colonial legacy ; is this what we are proud to hold in high stature?

Are we to continue to adopt a policy of come what may that will end up having to sacrifice another lot of people who will end up having to sacrifice their lives because leaders were undecided on what course of action that needed to be taken at a critical moment?

Are leaders not aware that the faƒÆ’†’§ade of Commonwealth wherein the President will be crowned as Head for the next two years will mean his wings will be clipped because he will have to chirp Commonwealth Human Rights maxims and so called “ƒ”¹…”Commonwealth values’ which will end up making him look ridiculous and blindly lead our valiant soldiers to the gallows? It will also create the effect that these Western-Indian agenda so wanted “”…” to make the hero-President into a zero in front of his own people and it does not take much for people to realize when the leaders are leading the country astray. Is this not why the Opposition Leader can never come to power “”…” again the Sinhala Buddhist vote of the Opposition ensures they do not betray the nation and so the votes never suffices for the Opposition to come into power.

Self “”…” deprecating behavior

A former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe paid a heavy price electorally for his gaffe in calling for country wide celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese in Sri Lanka in 1505. Only people lacking any sense of national pride would make such statements. Jews do not celebrate the Holocaust. They commemorate with great sadness the extermination of their fellow Jews at the hands of the Christian gentiles during the Second World war. So do the Russians, French, Dutch, Polish, Greeks, etc who were victims of Nazi aggression.

Exploiting the vanity and lust for honorifics

A tactic of the West and our country’s enemies has been to always tap into the vanity and weaknesses of people and shower plenty of worthless titles devoid of real power combined with pageantry so that covertly they can carry out their real agenda.

In the long colonial period of our country’s history we find many a victim of crass stupidity and denationalizing missionary education that finally had the effect of pushing them to desert their country, cross over to the enemy, denounce their race, betray their religion and ultimately give up their Sinhala or Tamil birth name for the sake of an alien Portuguese or Dutch or English name. It is with a sense of shame that we recount that the ruling classes of this country during the extensive colonial period found resounding honorifics such as Maha Mudaliyar, Gate Mudaliyar, knighthoods and memberships of the British Empire and the like from foreign conquerors as acceptable a compensation for the loss of the reality of power.

It would be a far greater shame if the leaders in the post “”…” independence era of our country were to ape the shameless Maha Mudaliyars and Gate Mudaliyars of our colonial past and run behind the very same colonial power Britain today for another set of worthless titles e.g. Chairmanship of the Commonwealth, that is not at all in step with the proud image of a liberated country.

Sri Lanka found common cause with peoples of Africa and Asia among others in the long bleak period of colonial domination. We had as role models the likes of Ho Chi Minh(Vietnam), Subhash Chandra Bose (India), Aung San (Burma), Nkrumah (Ghana), Nassar (Egypt), Sukarno ( Indonesia) U Nu (Burma), Patrice Lumumba (Congo), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), and our own Anagarika Dharmapala. Even Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe continues to refuse to bow down to Western pressures.

De-colonization

None of these leaders bowed their heads down in subservience to their colonial masters. The challenge we face today is de “”…” colonization; to be truly free from a colonial influenced mindset and as proud people with a rich history of over 2, 500 years we must accept that challenge.

The CHOGM is working perfectly for both the West and India and no sooner the Indian-backed Wigneswaran secures the North and given that he is already echoing India’s demands in calling for the removal of the military and the Governor to be a non-Military personnel, it is time to ask if the Government is aware of the risks involved.

It is now too late to lament for the failure of pursuing a programme similar to the “ƒ”¹…”de- nazification’ programme that the victorious Western Allies launched soon after defeating the Third Reich in 1945. The Nazi aims and goals went down with their defeat by the Allies. The Germans were not allowed to raise the cries of the Nazis in their dealings with the new masters. The Allies would have punished any German who raised a cry for withdrawal of the Allied armies from Germany.

In Sri Lanka over 27, 000 soldiers sacrificed their precious lives to ensure the preservation of the unity and territorial integrity of the country. The defense of the country is a matter for the central government and not a provincial council.

The presence of the Army in the North is for the security of the entire country. Nobody has the right to ask for space and territory free of the Army in the Northern Province to create conditions that may result in the beginning of another terrorist movement similar to that of the LTTE.  

Mistake of J.R. Jayewardene

The greatest mistake that the Government of J.R. Jayewardene made soon after its victory in 1977 was to withdraw the armed forces from the North which were strategically placed by Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike’s Govt. upon the advice of N.Q. Dias (Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and External Affairs) to forestall illegal immigration from India and any other incursions from overseas promoted by local groups bent on the division and break – up of Sri Lanka.   President J.R. Jayewardene withdrew the troops at the behest of A. Amirthalingam, then leader of the opposition. President Mahinda Rajapakse we trust is astute enough not to repeat the mistake of J.R. Jayewardene. Present leaders should not exchange the mandate given.

What needs to be said clearly is that now is not the time to apply a come what may approach given that the scenarios are far too risky to be delaying decisions that need to be taken. Already we see the possibilities of the East also embarking on a separatist drive.  The Oluvil Declaration of 2004 is now in full swing with US and Saudi funds coming in through the cultural and religious path. The track record of the leaders of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (some of whom supped with Prabhakaran under the LTTE flag while holding Ministerial Portfolios in the Central Government of Sri Lanka) should suffice not to place too much trust in them. The Muslim leadership in the Eastern Province wants to remake the East in the image of Saudi Arabia rather than emulate the culture of Sri Lanka. This is an unsettling trend.

King Senerath (1604 “”…” 1635)

King Senerath (1626 CE) who out of compassion protected the Muslims when they were attempting to escape the wrath of the Portuguese under the leadership of Captain “”…” General Constantine de Sa de Noronha, and re-settled them in Batticaloa and surrounding areas, being land under the Kandyan Kingdom, would be “ƒ”¹…”turning in his grave’ if he were to see the rapid changes that had taken place there.     

It would be a crying shame if we ignore the sacrifices that the brave ranaviru made on our behalf which the nationalists and the other forces of the nation are today repeatedly telling the country’s leaders not to overlook.

What glory is there if the nation were to be divided and the people having to again face a terror no different to what the LTTE dished out?

If leaders of the past were not aware of the mechanizations at play the present leaders cannot be excused because they are accommodating some of the very people (who have sneaked through the back door) who caved in to the demands of the enemy without any firm resistance and misled the country and our people through their “ƒ”¹…”unwinnable war’ attitudes and cowardly and treacherous conduct in public office. Such people do not deserve high mantles.  Other self “”…” respecting countries would have had no hesitation in treating such unreliable characters as persona non grata.

 

 

11 Responses to “Is CHOGM a Red Herring to entrap Sri Lanka with the 13th amendment?”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said Shenali!

    SLs were TOO KIND to outsider minorities. This is the MAIN PROBLEM in SL.

    13th amendment and CHOGM BOTH should be dumped. One helps the other.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    SHENALI ! We all see that you are making a valiant ditch attempt to save Sri Lanka from a catastrophic end. The President is enamoured with Title Collecting. No Sri Lankan is impressed by our President, carrying the Title “Head of CHOGM for the next two years. It is akin to King of Donkeys of Delft. The Brits are taking him for a good ride. The Tamil Diaspora will be happy to provide DUNCE CAPS from Britain, to all the Parliamentarians, and a special tall one to the President He is in a dream world. Once he lets down the Ranviruwoes in toto, His is likely to get the best Title he never envisaged, THE POMPOUS JACKASS. In his insanity, moving with lunatic clowns in parliament, this is exactly what he is asking for. The WIG DOCTOR is waiting for this event. He has two Embassy Anasthesists, and an Indian Man Surgeon, ready for Bifurcating Surgery of beautiful Sri Lanka.

    The Health Officers found Rs200,000.00 worth of Sleeping Tablets with a Patriot. He kept it for the Parliamentarians, to be taken on Surgery Day.

  3. S de Silva Says:

    Thanks to all. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see the catastrophe of 13A coming at us like a runaway train to demolish the nation. Is anybody awake?! – S de Silva – London

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    MOST popular UriNePee guy Dayasiri crosses over to UPFA.

    May be he will cross back after winning.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO ! Please read John MacKannon’s article down below. Do you see what I see ?

  6. AnuD Says:

    Shenali:

    Think. If Prince Dutugemunu never went to war, instead he was sleeping as a lazy or depressed boy would we have a Sri Lanka like today. He was Brave, He did not think even about himself or what he would lose if he were preparing to all these wars. But, he sacrificed everything and left this country for us. King Dutugemunu had a vision and he wanted to do it and he did it.

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    When looking at the topic of Colonisation through the lens of human feelings, it is hard, no, impossible, to accept any type of Colonisation and the accompanying humiliation & removal of self reliance/self respect of entire races/countires of human beings over long periods of time, leaving behind a confused & warring population when Colonisation ceased.

    Question: was CHOGM thrust on Sri Lanka ?

    I am all for teaching of the English language as a strong second language. It is the language of the computer and the main language used in the world for the purpose of communication on any topic. Also keeping cordial relations with all countries in the world, wherever it is possible.

  8. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    It is not a problem unless on makes it into a problem. Those western nations hell bent on Sri Lanka including the 13th amendment in her new Constitution are also the former rulers of the world. From the British Empire to the modern institutes such as the UN, UNHRC, Geneva conference, IMF etc have been formed by these powers. But with independence Sri Lanka should realize her sovereignty from the influence of former Western powers.
    Colombo has full control of how the new Constitution is to be formed without any input from the same Western nations who joined together to damn Sri Lanka with human rights issues done at the end of the war and only addressing one side of it.
    These European nations are at the brink of collapse as their own method of governance has led them to bankruptcy. They are now morally and economically bankrupt and should be viewed in that manner. Just as India has no say on the 13th amendment neither do these “has been” Western powers. Take the reversal. Would any of these nations entertain input from Colombo regarding their own amendments to their constitution? No. One must understand that the UNHRC never issued any human rights violations on the US when segregation was the law of the land nor to Australia when their immigration regulations banned people of non European descent.
    To date no matter how many human rights violations the Western nations have indulged in they are immune to any accusations. In this light of a double standard Sri Lanka has the full moral right to dismiss any representative mollycoddling the Tamil issue at the expense of the integrity of Sri Lanka.

  9. jayasiri Says:

    Thank you Shenali & others also who responded with acceptable arguments. I for rone, would not say that we should give up holding the Commonwealth conference, BUT at the same time delay in implementing our OWN agenda with respect to 13 Amendment & activate 6th ammendment to keep Tamils & Minorities at bay, must continue regardless.

    Holding CHOGM is some what questionable, BUT at least some good might come out of it…HOWEVER to delay or avoid taking any action re: our constitution is fool hardy to say the least.

    Lets hold this conferemce BUT continue our countrie’s agenda with respact to our well being & governing of our country. NO ONE should stop work we have to do, just beacuse there is a conference coming up. SO IT IS WISE to demand our politicians to CONTINUE solving present problems re: 13th amendment & many other issues, irrespective of the conference.

    We all know, India is behind every move as OUR politicians are fighting among themselves, so that Tamils & Muslims are having a hay day. They see HOPE for their short-comings through IN – ACTION of our Sinhalese Parties, starting with UPFA, UNP & JHU etc.

    Sinhalese have this unpatriotic attitude, when it comes to governing our country. If our political leaders SPECIALLY SINHALESE, were UNITED & have some principals, then other partties will respect any govt. When they are corrupt, & helping their own friends & relatives, HOW CAN ordinary public support any party TODAY?

    We must NOT blame all our problems on India & Int. Community. WE DO HAVE TO TAKE THE BLAME for some at least as we continuously FAILED to do the right thing by the country we ALL DEARLY LOVE…..Thank you all

    ……Anothere expat… mouthing alone..as usual..~ J

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    Jayasiri,
    We agree with your point of view.

  11. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    AnuD,
    SWRD Bandaranaike, D S Senanayake are brave leaders than the current lot although incomparable to Dutugemunu.
    What we have not are Andares pretending to be Dutugemunu.
    Dutugemun did not eat sausages, ham , bacon and wear a Endian dress. He was not fat. He was young.
    Who are the current jokers ?

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