The ‘100 days’ that turned Sri Lanka to the brink: setting of the stage
Posted on August 7th, 2015

By Surangani Seneviratne

‘A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the heart of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politics so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear.’

Marcus Tullius Cicero, telling like it is.

Sri Lanka is currently on the precipice, after submitting itself to a ‘100 day’ experiment. The 2015 Presidential election was played on theatre of promised good governance. It had a cast of Shakespearian characters and a plot that reflected tones of the tragedy that unfolded in Julius Cesar. A Brutus who promised ‘Good Governance’ yet spoke with a lust for revenge. Like Brutus, he did not want blood on his hands. This Brutus got more than he bargained for- he was cast in the Merchant of Venice with Shylock who wanted a pound of flesh and several bags of gold, in fact all the gold in the nation.

When Maithripala Sirisena laid his hand on the most sacred Buddhist relic and promised Mahinda Rajapakse that he will not knife him. Sirisena cast himself in the character of Brutus. Some people over looked Sirisena’s deceit and took his promise of Good Governance in good faith. Those who were seeking ‘good governance’ over looked the fact the team Sirisena had formed to bat in the Presidential elections had a very bad batting record in ‘good governance’. In fact they did not know what good governance is – Ranil Wickramasinghe who does not last at the crease / only high score was in Batalanda; Chandrika Kumaratunga was into match fixing / selling off assets; others in the team had not even been at the crease / not batted, not worth mentioning.

How did Sirisena manage to fool the people? For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the heart of all men….Mithripala Sirisena was an opposing candidate, yet he remained in the SLFP. He spoke in a tone that reflected any rumbling his own party had, and he made a pact with the enemy while he appeared to remain true to his own party and his people. Sirisena did this by appealing to the need for revenge (= baseness that lies deep in the heart).

The need for revenge was well inflamed through lies and propaganda that was being circulated in advance and in anticipation of this moment. The traitor moves amongst those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. Claims and accusations of corruption, even murder and rape against the Rajapakses were circulated over the years. This was played in conjunction with accusations of rape and murder against the armed forces stationed in Northern Sri Lanka. In the ‘International community’ and their media, the ongoing theatre of the UN ‘War Crimes’ investigations and reports; chorus of NGOs with selective hearing playing their worn out ‘record’ on human rights violations.

Asks Joseph Goebbels, he will illustrate how lies repeated can be turned to tools of propaganda and gather a mass of followers. Hence, the stage was set well in advance and the opportunity fell on their lap when Mahinda Rajapakse called an early election. Mithripala Sirisena the turncoat was ready to pounce and repeat these lies. The most unlikely team of misfits to govern was elected on a stage of ‘good governance’. As they say the rest is history!

Now the people of Sri Lanka have to decide if they want Sri Lanka –the nation itself to be history on the 17 August 2015. The boat of ‘good governance’ has sailed with the Arjuna Mahendren / the Central Bank heist. The rumblings of self-determination by the TNA on the wind blown by the ‘International community and their media can turn into a major force with the help of the turncoats in the UNP lead coalition and a treacherous President.  An ambitious Tamil Eelam has plans for greater land mass than even admitted in their current mapping of the Eelam.

A nation once broken cannot be put back together again- ask the Palestinians. They will say being stateless and in refugee camps for ever is not much fun. Do not entertain any dreams of getting on to a boat and setting sail to another home. The welcome mat that was laid for the Tamil refugees will not be laid for you!

11 Responses to “The ‘100 days’ that turned Sri Lanka to the brink: setting of the stage”

  1. Charles Says:

    Beautifully said, and truth shines behind the words. Not one but many traitors are moving amoung those within the gates. The call for the nation to rise against traitors is apt and timely. A nation once broken cannot be put back again …..

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.”

    Indeed, it captures in a NUTSHELL the danger posed by the likes of Facebook LORENZO, the BACKSTABBING PARASITE, infecting the discourse right here at LankaWeb!

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Surangani Seneviratne has beautifully articulated in elegant prose why I have not been open to forgiving Palwatte Gamaralage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena his Shakespearean TREACHERY.

    HE HAS RICHLY EARNED the title of Somarama Sirisena!

    The GREEDY Jan 8th Coup PLOTTERS Champika Ranawaka and Ratana “Hamuduruwo” of the JHU, who were waving the flag of Sinhala Nationalism only yesterday, only to betray the Nation by OPENING THE GATES at the pre-arranged hour to the ENEMY banging outside on the Nations Defensive Walls, and co-conspirator Rajitha Seneviratne desperately trying to justify his treachery while wallowing in the protection of the UnPatroitic Party now, follow close behind on the National WALL OF SHAME and TREASON!

    With Pseudo-Patriots like this, WHY DO WE NEED ENEMIES? At least we KNEW WELL who Ruinous Ranil was!

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    And here comes the Tamil Nadu LEFT HAND of the Yamapalanaya EELAMIST Plot to DIVIDE our Motherland into a PATCHWORK of Ethno-Religious Bantustans!

    EMBALA SINHALAYENI … AWADIWANNA!

    Obey mathrubhumiyata tharjanaya ella karana siyalu sathuran antha parajayakata path karanna!

    Eklath Janata Nidhahas Sandhanayata obey chandaya denna!

    ……………………..
    Indian PM urged to ensure decentralization of power in Sri Lanka for Tamils to realize their aspirations

    Aug 08, Chennai: The Indian government is urged to take all possible steps to ensure that the process of democratic decentralization is expedited in Sri Lanka so that the Tamils can realize their aspiration of Tamil Eelam.

    In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister of India Narendra, Modi on Friday, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa said India has a commitment to protect the “life and liberties” of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    “I strongly urge the Government of India to take all possible steps to ensure that the process of democratic decentralization, which is integral to the survival of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, is expedited,” Jayalalithaa noted in her memorandum .

    She said the Tamils’ distinct identity and cultural presence in Sri Lanka, particularly in the Northern and Eastern regions, was the guiding principle behind the Indo Sri Lankan accord that led to 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution.

    “The process of securing the right to self-determination, through the devolvement of democratic decentralization by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, should be the spring board for Sri Lankan Tamils to eventually realize the aspiration of Tamil Eelam,” the Chief Minister said.

    According to the Chief Minister the decentralization of power should eventually lead to the Sri Lankan Tamils realizing their legitimate aspirations.

    “I hope that the Government of India, as a leader in the region and as a champion of human rights and democracy, will decisively take a bold stand in support of the much discriminated against and long suffering Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka,” Jayalalithaa said.

    The Chief Minister also urged the Indian government to take necessary measures to bring to book those in Sri Lanka who had perpetrated the genocide on innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    “Government of India should take the initiative in this regard in appropriate international fora like the United Nations Human Rights Council,” she suggested.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    I didn’t know I’m LORENZO ALMIGHTY!! Thanks for elevating me to a god almighty.

    IF I could topple governments, I will topple the UNP govt. and make MR the PM right now (NOT the president).

    Anyway I’m trying my very best to get a few more seats for MR PEOPLE.

    The BIGGEST threat comes from WITHIN the UPFA. UPFA will win 15 national list seats but MARU SIRA as the leader of the UPFA will ONLY appoint his men. VOTERS CANNOT appoint or elect national list MPs!!! These 15 clowns will JOIN the UNP. That is the biggest threat we are faced today.

    UNDEMOCRATIC!!

    After winning the election, UPFA MUST appoint the SPEAKER from the UPFA. That is MORE important than PM.

  6. asoka2468 Says:

    Here is something that all Sri Lankans have to remember on election day. Can one trust a traitor? Because he can look you in the eyes and say anything you like to hear and turn around and do something totally different. When you figure that out it should be pretty easy to walk in to the booth and cast your vote for the no nonsense straight talking courageous and brave Mahinda.

  7. cw Says:

    Beautifully written. Thanks Surangani. My only advised to MR is ” Be aware of the DOGS”. If I had a dog I will definitely name it “******pala”.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Surangani has written down the subtle and ghastly truth about the Yahap group i.e. MY3, CBK & Ranil. Thank you !

    ——-

    There is also a ghastly truth emerging about the UNP Economic Plan for the Nation of Lanka.

    What does Ranil plan for the Economy ? This is what the emerging scenario appears to be. After the NORWAY debacle, we ought to be doubly watchful of the Economy and how the people will be ill used in the UNP project envisaged.

    (1) for the NORTH : Federal state for Tamils.
    Bridge across the Palk Sts. Bring in thousands of Tamil Dalits.
    Bring in Tamil Nadu business folk plus Tamil Diaspora business folk to invest in all sorts of projects.
    TNA wants the right to take loans from abroad whilst likely the GoSL is held for repayment of these loans !

    (2) for the SOUTH : Cluster Villages.
    What this means is absolute CONTROL of the Southern Sinhala Buddhist population. They will be herded here and there to suit the Plan for use of Land by Foreign investors (likely Corporations from abroad). The Sinhala villager will have to leave their traditional home areas and be re-located to areas with no proper facilities. This means that vast tracts of land will be leased long term or sold to the foreign Corporate sector.
    People will not matter. What will matter is the Profit motive.
    Essential life support items like water, food, Energy, etc. will be PRIVATIZED. Cost of consumer will immaterial to Rambo Ranil’s Economic ideas.

    Note what happened in the Vanni with the Norwegian Peacekeeper experiment. Mini-subs were the main item built – for what ? Suicide missions on the high seas ? Correct me if I am wrong here.

    Between Rambo Ranil, CBK, MY3 & Rosy (not so Rosy), Lanka will be a wasteland for the Profit Motive. Those who will make the fast buck profits on dud ventures will leave Lanka for greener pastures.

    I am truly sorry to state the above. But that is what happen with a future UNP govt under Ranil & Co. Old DS must be turning in his grave.

    It is time all bad politicos stopped treating Lanka like their backyard to waste and plunder. Identify them and Chase/Vote them out !

    Re the Economy :

    Lanka has to remain a Socialist State. All of Europe after WW I&II, is today composed of Socialist states with Capitalism mixed in. It is essential that ideas are developed to make State enterprises a little profitable. Private enterprises can easily complement the State sector enterprises. E.g. feeding of solar & wind (Green energy) energy to the National grid. Different types of shelf ready, healthy food with proper labelling, garments sector, machines & cars (safe emissions) – there are a great deal of ideas (Intermediate technology) for the private sector to flourish by without endangering the population.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    correction : read as ” …… cost to consumer will be immaterial to Rambo Ranil’s …. “

  10. Cerberus Says:

    It is our greatest misfortune that the Sinhala people are so disunited. For someone who did so much for the country at great risk to himself and his family they were willing to turn their backs on him based on mere here-say. They are always envious of others and are willing to believe the worst about people. If the country is to survive President Rajapaksha will have to work with the traitor Sirisena otherwise if the Sinhalese start fighting with each other it will be end of our people. That is exactly what the TNA and the others who want the country fall want. Sirisena in turn must subdue his personal feelings against President Rajapaksha and think of the good of the country to take it forward. Let us hope it happens.

  11. Samanthi Says:

    ‘බැඳුම්කර මගඩිය’ ග්‍රන්ථය එළිදකී

    රට තුළ ඉමහත් ආන්දොaලනයට තුඩු දී තිබෙන මහ බැංකුවේ භාණ්‌ඩාගාර බැඳුම්කර නිකුතුව පිළිබඳව ‘බැඳුම්කර මගඩිය’ නමින් ලියෑවුණු නවතම ග්‍රන්ථය එළිදැක්‌වීම ඉකුත් 03 වැනි සඳුදා සවස 3.30 ට කොළඹ 07, නිදහස්‌ මාවතේ, ජාතික පුස්‌තකාල හා ප්‍රලේඛන සේවා මණ්‌ඩල ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේදී සම්භාවනීය ආරාධිතයන් රැසකගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් සිදු කෙරිණි.

    මාධ්‍යවේදී ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත විසින් රචිත මේ ග්‍රන්ථය ඔහු විසින් රචනා කරනු ලබන ආර්ථික ග්‍රන්ථ මාලාවේ හත්වැනි ග්‍රන්ථයයි. මෙම ග්‍රන්ථය එළිදැක්‌වීමේ උත්සවයේ ප්‍රධාන ආරාධිත දෙසුම පවත්වනු ලැබුවේ හිටපු අගවිනිසුරු සරත් එන්. ද සිල්වා මහතා ය. හිටපු කෝප් සභාපති ඩිව් ගුණසේකර, හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සහ කෝප් කමිටු සාමාජික මහාචාර්ය රජීව විඡේසිංහ සහ හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් යන මහත්වරු ද මෙහිදී අදහස්‌ දක්‌වනු ලැබූහ. ඡායාරූපයෙන් දැක්‌වෙන් ශ්‍යාම් විසින් එම ග්‍රන්ථයේ පිටපතක්‌ හිටපු අගවිනිසුරු සරත් එන්. ද සිල්වා මහතාට පිළිගැන්වූ අයුරුයි. හිටපු කෝප් සභාපති ඩිව් ගුණසේකර හිටපු කෝප් සාමාජික මහාචාර්ය රජීව විඡේසිංහ සහ හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් යන මහත්වරුන්ද පසෙකින් සිටිති. සියලු විමසීම් 0714834627 දුරකථන අංකයෙනි.

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