“Chandrikka Kelinne Okkoma Pissu” – ( Sirimavo Bandaranaiyike 1994)
Posted on August 13th, 2015

Dr Sudath Gunasekara President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara 12.8. 2015.

Chandrikka Kelinne Okkoma Pissu” ( Sirimavo Bandaranaiyike 1994)

Could anyone imagine of a better evaluation of Chandrika Bandaranayike Kumaratunga (CBK) than this all time truth that comes from her own mother? As I was carefully watching the mess Chandrikka is currently making in the political situation in this country these days, it reminded me the truism deeply embedded in the above golden words of her mother, that Great Lady  of the nation, used to tell me way back in 1994 when I was her Ministry Secretary. The real value of the mother’s evaluation of her daughter’s behavior and character has become more relevant and obvious today when we see her rather fanatic behavior displayed by her these days against the very political party founder by her father and nurtured by her own mother, two of the greatest leaders this country has ever produced. Her behavior is nothing short of murdering her own parents.

As the man who suggested to call her back from England to Mrs Bandaranaike in 1993 (25th Dec 1993 at Rosemead Place) I now deeply regrets for the historic blunder I made that day. (You can verify this incident form Rev Keppetiyagoda Seelawimala Thera High Priest of Getambe temple Peradeniya and Prof Visva Warnapala my good friend who were there at the time it took place on that day). At that time I did not know CBK. I only knew her only as the, potentially worthy, daughter of so and so, which alone made me to think she will also act like the Father and the Mother.

The first time the above bitter comments about CBK came out from Mrs B one day when I told her my views regarding the appointment of Vasantharaja Perumal as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. As the Secretary to her Ministry it was my duty by her as well as by my country to give her the correct advice on matters of State. I knew Vasantharaja was an LTTE man or at least a sympathizer. As such I knew it’s would be broader implications and dangers that were bound to arise both in the short run and the long run. Therefore I suggested to the old lady that she ask Chandrikka who was Prime Minister at that time, to immediately remove Vasantharaja and appoint someone trustworthy to be in charge of this key media institution in view of the danger and the risk of putting a man like that, that will have a direct bearing on the security of the country. Hearing the news she was annoyed and disturbed and said Sudath Chandrikka Kelinne Okkoma Pissu Mama Kiyana kisi deyak ahanne ne}”.  These words implied two things. Firstly, her great disgust and secondly, her honest assessment of the daughter’s work by that time.

Even on the 25th of Dec 1993 when I suggested her to recall the daughter from England she hesitated. Sudath man kiyana de Chandrikka ahaida, then she posed? Hari kathawk ne madam, Chandrijkka obatumige duwa ne. Amma kiyana de ahanne netnam e duwa gen eti wede mokakda. Kokatath kiyala balantako. Hebei be kivoth  apata wena viklalpayak gena hitanata wenava. Mokada Anuratanam pakshaya godaganta be kiyana ekai me rate wedidenage adahasa. Apeth adahasa ekamai, I replied. My two companions also agreed. She then agreed with my proposal and said hondai mama kiyala balannamko. Ere two weeks passed CBK came back to the country with the two children and took over the party. The rest is history now. Everybody in this country knows how she messed up the country for 11 years thereafter. I do not want to delve in to details of her miserable performance as the President as everybody knows about the unique record she has left behind as a Chandrika legacy, with a guineas record of getting late for meetings, so much so people dubbed her as Pamawathi.

I do not know why, but CBK never liked MR. To begin with she did not want to appoint Mahinda as the PM when Mrs B passed away. But circumstances made her to concede though reluctantly. When CBK completed her two term as President in 2005 she had no choice but to nominate MR as the UPFA Presidential candidate.  But the way she acted and behaved after nominating him clearly shows that she didn’t like Mahinda at all. Immediately after nomination was given, she started the cold war. She asked the voters not to vote MR and requested to support Ranil who was her arch rival up to that time, the only similarity being the social class,  as against the nominee of her own Party. Her argument against MR was that Bandaranaike policies were not safe in his hands. She said if you want to protect Bandaranaike policies don’t vote MR. Both Chandrika and Anura supported Ranil at that election. When I came to know this situation I wrote a piece under the caption ‘Who are the real enemies of Bandaranaike Policies from Wisconsin (US) where I was on an assignment. It was published in the Island 3rd Nov 2005and. Prabath Sahabandu the Editor of the Island was so happy he sent me the following E-mail.   ‘Dear Sir Your piece went down very well. I don’t think anybody else would have done better, wrote back after publishing it within two days’. In that article I argued as to why MR should be supported by everybody who love the country and made a strong appeal to lukewarm and reluctant JVP and JHU to go all out to support MR as I felt it was the best chance to shift Colombo based political leadership monopoly to the true base of Sri Lankan traditional leadership, that is the village, as MR came from Magama.

In spite of Chanrika’s malicious campaign thanks to the Tigers miscalculations MR won the election in 2005 unfortunately for the tigers but fortunately for the Sinhalese Buddhists.  But the conspiracy did not end there. Chandrika continued her dirty  game against MR, marking for time she hatched the coup in collaboration with her chum Ranil and all those anti Sinhala Anti Buddhist elements both at home and abroad and finally in 2015 she was successful in hijacking Maitripala Sirisena (MS) as the common Candidate to hit MR. Hers is the mastermind behind this conspiracy, which definitely had both local and international ramifications. MS who has an ax to grind with MR as he was not appointed Prime Minister was used as the cat’s paw as both Ranil and CBK knew that Ranil cannot defeat MR as Tanil want get any SLFP votes in any case.  So this way on Jan 8th 2005 CBK got her first round of malicious wishes fulfilled.

Having done all the dirty work to ousted MR as President now again she has got down to the field to do the same treachery and wipe out MR from the political field for good. But what she has forgotten now is that she does not have any captive appeal, charisma or the power to attract the crowed. She does not have a following either. Her voice is not heard in the years of the masses. She is only a dead coin. Though she pretend to know Bandaranaike policies I do not know whether she has read at least the Charakaya and Goyam ketha written by her father in 1933, which succinctly outline Bandaranaike’s philosophy on politics. As a vicious woman who has deserted and betrayed her own mother and destroyed all what her father and mother did from1956 to 1977 she must be ashamed to talk about Bandaranaike policies now over which she has absolutely no claim at all. She hit the last nail on Bandarnaike policies when she openly declared few weeks back that Sinhala Buddhist Majoritarianism should be defeated in this country. This clearly proves that she does not know the history of this country and she refuse to accept the reality and even the basic principle of Democracy. She only displays her ignorance and hate towards the Sinhala nation. That alone disqualifies her from holding any public position in this country. A man or woman who doesn’t love his/her country or people ‘shall go down to the vile dust, from whence he/she sprung, Unwept, unhonoured, and unsung’ as Sir Walter Scott said.

Now look at the following list

How many times she has deserted and betrayed the party

Didn’t she plan to hand over the North and East to Prabhakaran for 10 years in 1997

Is she aware that the SLFP is the only political party in this country that is based on policies that go with the needs of the Sinhala Buddhist aspirations?

Is she aware that it was her Father who started the Sinhala Maha Sabha in 1935 in reply to Ceylon Tamil Congress founded by Arunachalam in 1910 and thus paved the way for the need of a political Party for the Sinhala people who constitute more than 75 % of the total population in this country?

Is she aware that it was his father who championed the cause of the Sinhala Language, Buddhism, Ayurveda, Sri Lankan culture and Independence, freedom and Sovereignty of this Island. Is she aware that she is injecting saline to a leaderless, rudderless anti Sinhala Anti Buddhist and treacherous political gang to destroy the SLFP while continuing to be the patron of the SLFP at the same time?

Does she know that SWRD and MRS B are turning in their graves these days in shame of their daughter’s betrayals?

Does she know that it was MR who defeated the LTTE and liberated the country after 30 years of political instability death and destruction restoring political stability and peace to this country and deployed an unprecedented programme of infra structure development and  Economic development and elevated the image of the country to great heights without kneeling down and giving in to external pressure.

On the other hand can she show us a single High way, Airport or any single development work or achievement at least a small culvert she has constructed during her 11 year period in office?

Why don’t you admit the good work of MR and the stark fact that he is more capable than you as a leader?

In fact she should be thankful to MR for giving a new lease of life to the party and keeping the torch burning while she and even her brother were jumping from one side to the other

Dear lady at least now  accept the reality that MR is  an asset  not only for the SLFP but for the whole country who has given a new spirit to the country after 1956 , a man who has inculcated a sense of patriotism and a new vision that will enable to make this country once again a great nation. So lady please give up your malice and rancor against MR and stop your destructive actions against the party and the country by working against MR. Think about your great parents and If you can’t adjust please leave the shore of this Island and go to some place of your choice where you can spend your sunset days in peace.

I have told you even before this to behave like a Bandaranaike. Please don’t try to be  another Kuweni instead strive to leave a name as a Vihara mahadevi just like your mother did. Or please don’t go down in history as a Maname Bisawa, that foolish young girl who betrayed Dhanuddhara the King of Benaris to elope away with a Vedda king in the jungle and got destroyed herself. This is the destination you are headed to if you keep on supporting vicious and treacherous forces rallied around UNP  that has not done any good to the country after the death of D.S Senanayaka

Finally I must tell you that as for me I don’t have personalities or Political parties or axes to grind against anyone.  But I love my country more than anything else. I also love your father and mother and people like DS, CWWC and Lalith Atulathmudali and next in like MR.

My one and only concern is my country, Nation and the Religion. As such I don’t care whether it is MR, Ranil or any other. What is done and how is it done is more important to me than looking for who has done it. Even if it happened to be Prabhakaran resurrected, if he is committed to work for the protection of the above Trinity and for the wellbeing of people of my country and our people, I am with him. Other than that I don’t write with ‘malice towards none, but with charity for all’ as your great father declared, at that historic occasion in Parliament quoting Abram Lincoln, as he left the UNP and sat in the opposition in 1951 as the leader of the SLFP, that Great Political movement and beacon light that laid the foundation stone to the new national resurgence in modern times.

All   patriotic Sri Lankans, especially the Sinhalese Buddhist, in my view should vote for Mahinda, if they are really serious about protecting the country and the nation at this crucial juncture of our history. All Buddhist monks should and must take the lead in this Island wide operation as they did in 1956. They must, in the name of the country and the nation, should give up their green, red and even blue robes and go forth only in yellow robes of the Buddha, as the protecting deities (Jatiye Muradevatavo) of this Island nation, blessed by the Great Teacher and honourably offered to him thrice by our ancient Kings.

The purpose of my writing this piece is threefold.

1 To give a message to the people of this country not to tale CBK seriously as per above details

2 To request CBK to stop this anti-SLFP, anti-Sinhala, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sri Lankan actions and sayings and refrain from bringing discredit and disrepute to her parents who are universally accepted as world leaders of great fame.

3 Finally, caution her to refrain from attacking Mahinda Rajapaksa at this critical hour of the nation when he is identified as the Mosses of this country and the Sinhala nation by the great majority of people.

4 Responses to ““Chandrikka Kelinne Okkoma Pissu” – ( Sirimavo Bandaranaiyike 1994)”

  1. LANKAPUTHRA Says:

    Purpose of your article is noble. My question to you is: Will MUSLIM OBAMA ALLOW MR TO WIN? OBAMA has now a MUSLIM as the US Ambassador to SL? He has promised Muslims that support RANIL PUNK; he will promote Shariya LAW to be above SL LAW. Then create a situation to sourer relations with Israel. There by stopping Israel investing in SL.

  2. nilwala Says:

    THE FACTS PRESENTED IN THIS ARTICLE BY ONE WHO HAD WORKED SO CLOSELY WITH MRS. B AND KNEW CBK’S BACKGROUND FULLY, IS A REVELATION TO THE SINHALA PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY
    THE UTTER LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY ON THE PART OF CBK, VERSUS THE WAY MRS. B., DESPITE HER BEING THRUST INTO POLITICS ACTED AS LEADER OF THIS ISLAND’S PEOPLE, IS A LESSON IN CONTRASTS.

    PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA!
    DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO LOSING YOUR INDEPENDENCE FOR MATERIAL GAIN PROMISED & YET UNDELIVERED

    PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA! ..
    AWAKE FROM YOUR DREAMS AND DO NOT BELIEVE THE EMPTY PROMISES OF THOSE WHO HAVE DONE LITTLE OR NOTHING TO TAKE THE COUNTRY FORWARD,
    BUT WILL SELL THE COUNTRY AND USE THE MASSES FOR GAIN BY THE ELITES.

    VOTE FOR MAHINDA…
    HE DELIVERED PEACE FROM THE LTTE’S SUICIDE TERROR
    AND WILL DELIVER AN UNDIVIDED COUNTRY FOR DEVELOPMENT TO PROCEED……

  3. Nimal Says:

    When I met CBK,when she was the Prez,pleaded with her to fight the corruption in our courts where justice is terribly and cruelly delayed she said that she can’t do anything about it.Today my very sick sister’s court case to get back her house from a non rent paying tenant was postponed for another 6 months where her case had been going on for over a decade.
    This is a typical example of a corrupt practice the judge just postpone the case without a blink,giving the crooked lawyers to make a fee for not doing any thing for my suffering sister.They in fact just brought their case files,didn’t bother even to read the case but took another date.There’s injustice,malpractice and corruption every where in our lives in the island and the people must band together fight this by appealing to other true democratic countries to punish our leaders for not governing our countries.Our democracy and elections is a big fraud and I doubt that our politicians will ever solve our country’s problems.
    I am in SL attending to my business but sad to see the hopeless situation for the people.They seems to have no faith in the politicians who lie through their teeth to get to power.just to subjugate,dominate,cheat.
    I know a very rich and honest Sinhalese business man who has a home in UK who a bought a very big well known established company in SL wants to scale down and pull out.He find people corrupt and unreliable from the very top to the bottom and I feel the same and I will not pity my people as they are truly responsible for their demise.Politicians spreading hogwash using the culture and the main religion had completely and gradually corrupted our people,thus bringing their standards down which the people seem to accept.Those who spread and impose so called culture and the main religion are very divisive,counter productive as decisive and destructive as the Tamil separatist terrorists and they too are the enemies of our county who pontiffy from the safety of the secular Western countries,truly shameful. Latter have no clue about the ground situation in the country,which I am experiencing daily to our disgust.

  4. nilwala Says:

    To Nimal:
    Instead of CBK as Head of Govt. saying there was nothing she could do, and since she was obviously well aware of the widespread and continuing postponement of law cases just in order for lawyers to make more money each time they appeared in Court, without valid justification, she could have called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into it and suggest remedial measures. High-end lawyers bill large sums for each appearance and it is an utter injustice, which is why many people find Arbitration to be faster and less costly in the long run. This ought not to be so. The Justice System is exploitative of the citizens and we see under the Yahapalana govt. that it has become even worse with hounding of the previous regime as well as the BASL resorting to trade union tactics to remove Supreme Court Justices….completley unacceptable.
    Lawyers are PROFESSIONALS..and if THEY abuse the system…what can one expect of the common people?

    If an honest and patriotic Sri Lankan like the businessman referred to is so disenchanted that he wishes to pull out, it is a reflection on the country and FDI will continue to be slow.
    However, people should be aware that corruption exists in ALL COUNTRIES and that the Sri Lankan business community has learnt a lot of these tricks from foreign countries where global business has generally originated, and where “bribes” are permitted under euphemistic terms such as “Commissions”. Also, “Lobbying” is acceptable in developed countries because it is done through big business, while it is termed “nepotism” and “cronyism”in developing countries since it does not happen through revolving doors of well established companies.
    So these double standards prevail and many think that the developed industrial countries who are the power blocks of the world are clean and that they practise high standards of conduct.
    THIS IS NOT SO, BUT MIGHT APPEAR TO BE SO IF ONE IS NOT PERSONALLY COGNIZANT THROUGH EXPERIENCE.

    The truth is that the general level of corruption and bad business and professional practices exist in ALL countries, and Sri Lanka is no better nor worse than others except that the Political Propaganda Machine makes it appear to be so because people naively believe the propaganda especially in pre-Elections times! AND SADLY, MONEY TALKS.

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