Wicky is running Siri to the ground: Intellectuals and scholars join Mahinda
Posted on June 22nd, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The unfolding events, one more telling than the other, defines the emerging political trends which, in the foreseeable future, seem to be irreversible. The polarization of the contending forces into Left and Right camps has also fallen into two clear cut political domains. On the Right is the Siri-Wicky regime with Chandrika Bandaranaike as the Third Party in the troika, leaning heavily towards the West. On the Left is Mahinda Rajapakse, with stalwarts like Dinesh Gunawardena, forging forward with the inherited spirit of the rejuvenated Boralugoda Lion, with  Wimal Weerawansa firing his deadly verbal artillery on Siri-Wicky targets, and with no-nonsense Vasudeva Nanayakkara ripping into the Wickremesinghe-led Right.

All of them are marching hand-in-hand to regain the interrupted regnum of the  people. Collectively their alliance has given the New Left a reinvigorated meaning to rise against the Right-wing forces, both internationally and nationally. Collectively they have gathered an unexpected political momentum from a wide range of grass root forces. Simultaneously, the Right is witnessing (though they will not admit it) the fizz of the Siri-Wicky regime which bubbled on January 8, 2015 evaporating under their delusional eyes. The last bubbles fizzled out even before the abracadabra of their 100 days” ended. The disillusionment  creeping  up has come  to stay. Theirs is an uphill task to recapture the rapture that took them to their peak on January 8. From day one the Siri-Wicky regime has been going downhill. What the Right is losing is gained daily by the New Left.

It began as an over-sized trickle at Nugegoda. Political commentators agree that it has now turned into an unstoppable wave sweeping across the  landmass in the south. And this is happening at various people-to-people levels. The Siri-Wicky Right has no effective answer to combat the New Left. What is  noteworthy now is the momentum created by the Nugegoda Man has gone through  the ceiling and penetrated the upper levels  Initially it was confined to daring and perceptive intellectuals like Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Dr. Gunadasa Amerasekera and Dr. Nalin de Silva who exposed the hollow shell of the Yahapalanaya with their x-ray analyses. They were with the first wave that rose with the Nugegoda Man – the  new political man. They were  joined by public intellectuals like the former Chief Justice, Sarath Silva, who came out swinging with both hands to pummel the illegally constituted regime. Before long (i.e., within the 100 days) the sangha, trade unionists, artists, and  some journalists  who have the capacity to assess the new realities critically, joined the Nugegoda Man.

In the meantime, former President Mahinda Rajapakse was meeting various delegations at the Abeyrama Temple in Nugegoda for discussions” (ceremonial Dækum, says Professor Emeritus. Gerald Peiris) almost on a daily basis. The rush to meet him, whether in  Hambantota or in Nugegoda, is an unprecedented political phenomenon which reflects the underlying nature of the  political crisis threatening  the future of the nation. The rush to meet Mahinda Rajapakse is not to hero-worship him but to save the nation form the perils hanging over its head like the Damocles Sword. They have nowhere to go except to him. They accept him as the only leader available in the political landscape who could lead the nation in this time of crisis to save the nation, once again, and reinforce the power of all that was gained at Nandikadal.

At the same time, the  fire lit by the Nugegoda Man sparked off even larger fires in the other provincial cities. The Bring Back Mahinda” campaign was creating a political sensation never experienced in the post-independent era. The closest that I can  think of is the spontaneous mourning crowds that queued up to pay homage to Dudley Senanayake when his body was lying in state in the old Parliament. But that was a tribute paid to a dead leader. The people flocking to meet Mahinda Rajapakse is a tribute to a living icon. Never had a leader – a defeated one at that – received a spontaneous response from the people as in the case of Mahinda Rajapakse. In  both cases people have flocked to pay back their debt of gratitude for services rendered to the nation.

The  message was coming loud and clear. The failure of the Siri-Wicky regime  to live up to its promises was obvious even to the backbenchers who are putting up a brave front for public consumption. Oddly enough, just at the time when the forces around the Siri-Wicky regime began to fall apart they were hit by their close friends and political allies. The first big blow came from the NGOs. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Jehan Perera, Paki” Saravanamuttu, J. P. Weliamuna et al, realized that Wickremesinghe, who was running  the show, had cut the ground under the feet of Sirisena. As stated by the NGOs the Siri-Wicky regime was meandering  aimlessly”.

Even Rathana Thero of the JHU is now calling for another regime  change. Champika Ranawake, who was crowing that he launched the war in Mavil Aru, that he saved the nation, and that he was the prime  mover behind all the victories, including the regime  change and the revolution” of January 8th, 2015, has suddenly ceased to claim fatherhood for the Siri-Wicky regime. JVP too is now insisting  that the Yahapalana-yakos should pack up and  go home. Even the lumpen Marxist School of the Peradeniya Campus blasted the Siri-Wicky regime.

At the end of 100 days the ground swell of Bring back Mahinda” movement has grown too big to ignore, or write off as a passing road show. The latest political move coming  from the re-awakened Peradeniya University confirms beyond any doubt that there is a distinct trend developing against the Yahapalana-yakos even at the highest levels. Almost  overnight  the leading lights of the Campus formed the Association of Intellectuals, Scholars and  Professionals in Kandy to back President Mahinda Rajapakse in the coming elections. The  opening lines of the communiqué, written  and  issued by Prof. Gerald H. Peiris, one of the brilliant scholars of our time, says  it all : In the context of the intensifying crisis of governance in Sri Lanka witnessed over the past three or four months we have inaugurated an organisation consisting of certain members of the academic staff of the University of Peradeniya (past and present) and other leading professionals in the city of Kandy and its suburbs for the purpose of promoting the prospects of the political group led by the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Our membership is united and unanimous in its conviction that Sri Lanka’s interests and aspirations – in particular, safeguarding sovereignty, ensuring political stability, and pursuing rapid and sustained socio-economic progress – would be best served if the post-election regime would be one in which the former president could perform the key leadership role. Accordingly, our association expects to engage in a pro-MR” campaign targeted mainly at the educated middle-class in our area of operation which we believe is critically significant to the overall outcome of the forthcoming parliamentary polls, and explain to those in that layer of society through a series of seminars and discussions the reasons upon which our convictions and objectives are based.”

This critical and perceptive response coming from our concerned  intellectual and scholars indicate the depths of feelings and the sense of crisis threatening and overwhelming the nation. This reveals that the disillusionment with the Yahapalana-yakos is complete, from top to bottom in the south.  The Bring Back Mahinda” has gathered a momentum which cannot be reversed. There is, of course, the question of how all this will translate into votes in the coming election. But the  prospects are that it  will grow from strength to strength because of the failures of the Siri – Wicky regime. There are no signs of the Yahapalana-yakos recognizing the new realities that are dragging them into a grave dug by their pseudo-intellectual, Wickremesinghe.

He is at his best in kuth-thu-fying behind-the scenes and wrecking his own  party and the nation. The Siri-Wicky-CBK troika was good at plotting with 50 other groups – i.e., 47 minor  local political groupings, plus CIA, RAW and NGOs – to overthrow the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. But they have failed to replace it with the political nirvana they promised on January 8, 2015. Let alone the ideal society” they promised in their manifesto, they have failed even to deliver the promised difference” (when-a-suck), which was their prime slogan in the last presidential campaign. They were, of course, euphoric when they dismantled the old regime but they were pathetic in their failure to create a substitute. Greatness  is in creating something valuable and viable, just not  in breaking  what had been  there. Breaking is easy. Rebuilding a new world is difficult as seen in the Arab Spring.”. It becomes impossible when the task of creating the new order is handed over to abject failures. President Sirisena’s biggest mistake  was in handing  over the powers of running the country to the two biggest failures in modern history : Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike. Their track record is abysmal.

Neither of them are figures that can  inspire confidence in the future because their past history has been the worst ever on record since Don Juan Dharmapala, the turn coat, sold the nation to the Portuguese. Following in his footsteps Wickremesinghe even invited the Portuguese Prime Minister to celebrate 500th anniversary of the invasion of the  first Western imperialists who destroyed every brick of Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites they could. Sadly, it is this pseudo-intellectual that is hailed as the hero by the half-literates in the UNP backbenches.

The response of the scholars, professionals and  intellectuals to the new barbarism of the Siri-Wicky regime comes as a redeeming beacon  of light to the nation floundering in the dark, choppy seas. A formidable band of intellectuals and scholars is leading  this new front.

The Committee of Advisors consists of :

  • Ven. Dr. Medagama Dhammananda (Secretary of the Asgiriya Chapter of Siyam Nikaya)
  • Dr. Asoka Amaratunga, Professor Emeritus, and former Dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya
  • Mr. M. D. Sirisoma, retired public servant (former Secretary of the Central Provincial Council)
  • G. H. Peiris, Professor Emeritus, University of Peradeniya

The following office-bearers too are drawn from various  disciplines: President: Dr. Ariyaratne Herath, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Peradeniya,  Secretary: Mr. Nimal Premawansa (school teacher and former member of Parliament from Nuwara Eliya District), Convener of Meetings and Treasurer: Mr. Sumedha Weerawardena, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Peradeniya. There are, in addition, 6 Committee members, five of whom are persons from outside the university.

This Association of Intellectuals, Scholars, and Professional  has come at the right time to fill a great void. They constitute the needle of the compass which points to the new directions.

Highlighting the first meeting  Prof. Peiris wrote : A seminar of the Vidvath Vrutheeyavēdīngē Sansadaya (Association of Scholars and Professionals) on the ‘Post-January 8th Political Milieu’ was held at the Pushpadhāna Hall in Kandy with the participation of about 200 invitees (seating capacity of the venue was 220). It reached a level of success which I myself did not expect – 2 O’clock on a sweltering afternoon at a place about 1km from the car park of the excessively crowded city would have been a formidable disincentive to the motorised invitees sympathetic to our cause.

Of the three main speakers Mr. Mohan Samaranayake (a reputed journalist at the peak of his career who had served at various times as Director of the UN Information Centre, Chairman of the Rupavahini Corporation and the Media Spokesman of the President’s Office) was extraordinarily brilliant. On the basis of what I observed from the Chair I felt that he really held the audience spellbound, not so much with his obvious oratorical skills, but with the content of his presentation. Professor Shantha Hennayake, the present Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Peradeniya and an ardent Mahinda Rajapaksa supporter, was also very impressive, especially in the submissions he made in order to show that the Muslims and Tamils have no reason whatever to be prejudiced against the former president. Dr. Wasantha Bandara, the Secretary of the ‘Patriotic National Movement’ headed by Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara (doyen of the community of the Sinhala creative writers) was, as usual, persuasive in his demonstration of how ominously our nation is being imperilled by those who hold the reins of political power at present.

My impression on the seminar participants,” added Prof. Peiris, is that the majority were from the educated ‘middle-class’ (but not of its highest stratum) – a segment of the electorate from which Mahinda Rajapaksa did not have substantial support at the presidential polls, especially in urbanised electoral districts of mixed ethnicity. Our seminar, targeted specifically as it was at that layer of society, was also intended to contribute to ‘post-war’ inter-group harmony. We did not invite elected political leaders – national or local. The success of the seminar was made evident further by the requests we have had for conducting similar meetings in several other towns by persons who pledged to undertake some of the related organisational functions.”

The Peradeniya campus has been dormant for decades. Once the home of the best and the brightest of the nation it went  into hibernation for reasons that  have yet to be explained. It is heartening to note that it has once again re-emerged to give leadership to the nation that has lost its way under the misguided leadership of pseudo-intellectuals who have no sense history (our past) or direction (our future)..

6 Responses to “Wicky is running Siri to the ground: Intellectuals and scholars join Mahinda”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Dear Mahindapala, your “Yahapalaya Yakkos” terminology is spot on. Very well said, indeed!

    However, I hasten to point out that the MORE correct reference to these Yamapalanaya micreants …. heavily used by me at LankaWeb not too long ago … is “Yahapalanaya Ado Yakkos”!

    I should warn you though, that it could ruffle the feathers the Yamapalanaya supporters who would begin to question you breeding … as they did mine … of course without any impact on yours truly.!

  2. ranjit Says:

    I hope someone read this article for him or he sees it by himself to know that how much people loves him and have hope that he will save this blessed nation again without allowing traitors within and from abroad to take our country backward than forward. I have never seen or witnessed politicians who has done immense damage to the country politically and culturally like those three Gobells Sira/Ranil and Choura. No Govt had so many traitors to the Motherland like this Jarapalanaya gang.

    Every human being knows about America and what is their evil agenda for the countries around the world.They destroyed many historical countries and made hell for the poor people in those countries. Millions have died by their bullets and they were not able to stop war on terror for nearly fifteen years. So why are we taking advise and go behind them for help? We won our war by ourselves and we sacrificed thousands of our heroes to achieve our goal and give freedom to walk,speech and worship. We were able to achieve that goal because of a strong leadership and the support our war heroes got from the Govt of the day. Does any nut thinks that it was an easy to end terrorism if the leader is weak? We had weak leaders from 77-2005 who milk fed the terrorists and their collaborators but fortunately by luck we got a son from South who stood tall to beat the hell out of Prabakaran and his evil gang of murderers. President Mahinda Rajapksa’s name will be written in gold in our history books for ending the evil war in four years. This is the man we need at this hour not Siri/Wicky two pimps and their western backed advisor Choura Regina the Bandit Queen.

    NUGEGODA MAN will rise from dead to take our blessed Motherland to the top and make it “WONDER OF ASIA” Let’s hope and pray to the Triple Gem to bring back PEACE and FREEDOM. Thanks H.L.D.M. for giving us valuable info which we cannot get from other media outlets. Appreciate.

  3. Sooriarachi Says:

    (I have copied below my own comments I made previously in response to this article, as I’m really concerned whether President Sirisena is guided by external strategists to take the rank and file of SLFP down the garden path and then abandon it at the last minute)

    However factually true Mahindapala’s analysis of the current situation, better not be so confident of ousting this hotchpotch minority regime constructed by Ranil/Chandrika/Maithri together with invisible foreign hands. They deceived the masses once with their meticulously planned sabotage of all the good things the Rajapakse regime achieved.
    Can we forget the strange events, such as the sudden appearance of a group of unknown ‘Buddhist monks’ under the banner Budu Bala Sena, who cleverly antagonised the Muslims and insulted the Buddhists with their ‘thuggish’ type of actions? The Muslims did not have time to assess who these people were and believed it was a Government backed group. The BBS is silent now, and up to now they have not bothered to answer the allegation that they toured USA and Norway prior to their elevation to an effective disruptive force. There could be similar schemes planned to appear just before the next election.
    Secondly, can we understand how a Northern population still struggling to sort out their lives, suddenly taking an election very seriously and turn out in large numbers to vote against Rajapakse who rescued them and gave a terrorist free environment? They say the turn out was a record 80% or so. I cant believe this.

    Thirdly, can we trust the current President after his unforgettable treachery to deceive Rajapakse up to the last minute and then the very next day cross over to a well organised anti-Mahinda camp under Ranil/Chandrika? Does anyone think he going to betray Ranil/Chandrika at the next elections. I see his task is to split the SLFP. He keep saying he wants to unite the SLFP and win the elections, but his actions do not match his words. He is steadfastly refusing to give Rajapakse nomination through the SLFP. Rather than trust him to maintain SLFP unity or even Sri Lankan unity, the patriotic forces should have a plan B for Rajapakse to contest under SLFP and maintain some level of unity, which I think Maitri will sabotage. I think he is still guided by the same forces that elevated him and we do not know what they will do just prior to the next elections. We now have a group claiming that there is a plan to assassinate Rajapakse and he should be given maximum protection.

    Let us hope the country will get a good leader who could re-start the economic development engine, which has been brought to a grinding halt by people who have other agendas and not the welfare of the Unitary state of Sri Lanka.

  4. Charles Says:

    Ranjit we all have the same fears…….what a mess it was to have had the Presidential elections in January,;2015……it is true what has happened has happened that is a Collectiove Karma of the Sinhala Buddhists

  5. Charles Says:

    Ranjit we all have the same fears…….what a mess it was to have had the Presidential elections in January,2015……it is true what has happened has happened that is a Collective Karma of the Sinhala Buddhists and Sri Lanka…. but how to regain the Sri Lanka we lost on that fateful 8th of January,2015

  6. ranjit Says:

    Charles ! The only way to regain our loss is to bring back Mahinda our great leader with a clean team of players who have experience,Knowledge and clean character certificate. MR must chose the best out of best.Don’t think for a second that all the S.L.F.P.er’s are thieves as mentioned by Jarapalana traitors. UNPer’s are more corrupt than S.L.F.Per’s and Opposition must expose all that during the election time then only people will believe. We need a true Sinhala Buddhist patriot like MR as our leader who can give our prestige back to live as free people not as cowards and traitors like Jarapalana Gobells.

    We are not down yet Charles keep up your hopes for a better future. Educate the people about the UNP’s sinister moves and plans they will hatch with the assistance of the west and Indian Parasites. Stupid people should not believe anymore Jarapalana fairy tale stories about jobs,salary increase,lowering food prices etc. They are damn liars and pretenders nothing more.

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