In Retrospect,The Rajapaksa Defeat Is A Reminder That Democracy And Autocracy Never Mix!
Posted on January 21st, 2015
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
“ You Can Fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time but never all the people all the time” Abraham Lincoln….. ..Perhaps is an apt summation of what happened to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential election concluded recently. He is undoubtedly someone who has done a great service to all the people of Sri Lanka although in so doing he has also committed certain grievous errors which proved to be harmful to himself as well as being a heavy penalty to the Sinhala Nation which once adored him as an air of uncertainty now hangs over the Island Nation .
Irrespective of ethnicity, all the communities within this country , particularly those who believe in the freedoms that need to be enjoyed by all with no compromise to aspirants of secession and supporters of degenrate terrorism seemed to be dividerd in their vote.
Sadly though, those who have greatly benefited by the former President’s leadership have also been disillussioned beyond reprieve through his conduct and direction that led to his undoing which was a path towards autocracy and one intolerable in the climate of Sri Lanka today and as always.
One which carries no acollades and has merely transformed his image and credibilities into something dubious and in light of what is being revealed through various plausible investigations his image is being tarnished and depicted as someone who despite all his accomplishments as a liberator of Sri Lanka and the rapport he had with powerful international sources which benefitted the country immensely neglected the primary needs of the country in post terrorist Sri Lanka despite token attempts to portray to the contrary which eventually did not sustain him..
He appears to have had as a priority the carving out of a huge slice of material assets together with his friends and family where the hardships and sufferings of a majority of the population( impoverished and straining their last resources towards eking out a living at best) seemed to be of little or no consequence to his longing for power at ayt cost which is what in all probabilities the voting masses as well as a well put together coalition acheived by ousting him. Surely a “Coup de Grace” that ended his incumbency!
The mood in the Nation today is one of speculation and great expectations towards the future, greater perhaps than what was portrayed during the Rajapaksa regime which all seemed to fall apart in the end where it is hoped the new administration will implement what is best for the country with no self centered motivation on the part of anyone where time will tell the outcome of the ignominious dumping of a once much loved President who succumbed to the viles of his alter ego that prompted him to seek power and control he was not entitled to as his legacy unfolds.
Despite the misgivings attached to his loss as a self inflicted one through neglect and one where he was totally misled by his aspiring campaign ‘big wigs’ who paid scant attention to some of the key pointers suggesting a possible defeat~ and were already celebrating a victory that was not to be, there are shades of good in what the world sees as the Sri Lanka of today, one which has been transformed from the depths of despair linked to an insurgency of near nation destructive proportions into what many believe is the ” Miracle of Asia” whose creator very definitely is Mahinda Rajapaksa and no one can take that away from him!
In the aftermath of his defeat which was by no means resounding~ a margin of some 46.5 % to 56.1% or thereabouts, there is reason to believe it could have been prevented had he taken appropriate steps to clean out his administrative team’s bunglings somewhere in the middle of his second term where he was indeed riding a wave of support from many quarters and should have corrected some of his policies which were in the end detrimental to his eventual demise.
He carried on inasmuch as the Emperor with no clothes did regardless of public and foreign opinion never believing that he would fall as he considered himself unassailable and infallible even as far as the soothsayers predictions which saw not his victory but doomsday!
Undoubtedly His “campaign staff” has in all probabilities done something which rang not victory bells but his political deathknell. as quoted from a recent report ~”They created an euphoria of victory. They also had more than enough money to spend and the facilities of the print and electronic media of the state sector to use and abuse with impunity. Not even the Elections Commissioner or Court orders could stop him.Without looking at the statistical reality of the vote by the Tamils (TNA), the Muslims and the upcountry Indian Estate population (even without Thondaman), Mahinda’s strategists made up their own minds that the President would win. They entertained no other views and could see, hear or speak of nothing else but certain victory.” rhetoric, actions and folly perhaps which dumped him ignominioudly on his rear with nowhere to turn to sadly in the end!
A proud Sinhala Nation has thus lost their once patriotic and iconic leader whose image in the end became distorted to the point of non recognition and lost in the anger of the vote that defeated him where the misdeeds and erratic direction of he BBS angering the Muslim voters, overtolerance of the TNA and the surge of the LTTE sympathetic Tamil voters avowed to take revenge after their champions were de-commissioned, as well as a total neglect of the needs of the common man who worshipped him yet watched in despair as the opportunist regime ran amok with patronage, corruption, thuggery and false promises to restitute their grievances and their pathetic exsistences augmented into misery as the runaway train which the Government of Sri Lanka eventually became had a felt need to be stopped in its tracks .
What the New Regime now has as immediate priorities seem insurmountable and overwhelming towards restoring global credibility in an economic sense as well as winning ther trust of many who virtually gave up on Sri Lanka towards the latter part of the Rajapaksa Administration as the lapses were painfully visible and blatant!
Although there is every possibility it will make good on the lapses and huge indiscretions of the past there is also the danger of leaving certain areas of vital importance open to compromise and attack translating to cautions necessary in how the TNA and Muslim leaderships are dealt with. Said with trepidation as there are those who once were willing to bargain with the security and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka in a hapless bid towards sustaining either their own agenda’s or simple stupidity or perhaps both!
Sad would be the day if the New Sirisena Administration unleashes the devils and enemies of Sri Lanka that were coralled and kept under control by the previous administration by being overly zealous in how it appeases the world and certain sources alienated from the Sinhala Nation who wanted nothing but Regime Change! Realistically the ungainly support it had from what many term undesirable quarters that gave their support with certain favours in mind could also prove to be the undoing of the presently euphoric Sirisena Presidency!.
What transpired during the 2015 Presidential election however is a classic example of the veracity of the truism that Democracy ( or the lack thereof) and Autocracy in the end never mix!