The planetary preferences of yahapalana apologists
Posted on September 7th, 2016

By Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy The Daily Mirror

 A self-proclaimed Marxist recently listed 12 things that the Yahapalana Government cannot achieve. He should have put it this way: ‘Should but cannot achieve’. As someone who once said ‘we must hope that the Government will not defeat the LTTE’ when the latter’s invincibility braggadocio was being put to the sword, so to speak, his support for the yahapalanists is understandable. In fact he throws in a tired caveat by way of protecting everything-but-yahapalana regime:

All this is not the responsibility of the government alone. Religious bodies, public opinion and parents of young people can help, but some like the BBS are a part of the problem, not the solution. Recently the Cardinal (An outright Mahinda man) strayed, with political objectives, into matters he does not know the foggiest about.”

The man implies he knows the foggiest about religion, constitutions and reform of the same, policy prerogatives in times of economic stress, crime prevention, counter-corruption measures, responsible media practices, power and energy, judicial procedure, and even stuff like road behaviour, ragging in universities, the importance of English and even how to develop public consciousness.

He bemoans that political commentators harass readers with should-do lists, which he dismisses as ‘splendid stuff, IF only we lived on another planet’.
His list, which is of a should-do-but-cannot kind, is essentially yet another should-do list; only, he discusses the ‘why’ of the ‘can’t-do’, which is at best a convoluted apology for the can’t-do-anything yahapalanists.

He is not alone (And neither is he part of a massive crowd) in all this. There are many such geniuses who screamed in horror at the slightest anti-democratic act of the previous regime, who are blushing beetroot red over the daily dose of embarrassment slapped on their faces by the yahapalanists. Poor them. The man in question with his sad apology for yahapalana inadequacy and impotence is but an example.

A lengthy comment on the Central Bank bond issue fiasco perhaps helps him deal with the discomfort of an apologist but for our purposes the should-do list should do.
Here’s what appears to be the main elements of angst, aptly placed at the top of the list:
1) Redefine the State in Lanka as a secular state, and
2) Provide substantial devolution to the minorities to run their own affairs.
The list comes with a preamble which not surprisingly focusses only on these:
It is dim-witted to award Buddhism (or any religion) constitutional primacy; or to call Lanka unitary when the need is devolution.”

Since the notion on planetary realities and other-worldliness has been tossed into the discussion, one can legitimately ask ‘In which planet is there a perfect secular state?’ That is, a state which in constitutional text and in all the practices associated with the State does not privilege any religion over another?

And how on earth did ‘secular’ obtain some kind of god-given superiority over any other form?
On what basis are wits categorised as ‘dim’ and ‘bright’? Does the pinning of a ‘dim-wit’ label on someone simultaneously confer ‘brightness’ on the dude that’s dishing out labels? Could we say, for example, ‘only the dim-witted would talk about multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies without mentioning numbers and proportions’? Or is that for ‘another planet’ because it upsets some so-and-so’s fragile sensibilities of propriety?

The devolution call is even more hilarious. First we are told that it is dim-witted to call the country unitary when the need is devolution. Then we are told, by way of the wistful wish-list apology, that substantial devolution should be provided to the minorities to run their own affairs.

Now where do minorities in Sri Lanka live? In clearly defined geographical areas? Almost half the Tamils, for example, live outside the traditional-homeland-map of Eelamist myth-mongering, that have been swallowed wholesale for reasons that are hardly innocent by devolution advocates.
The Muslims are not confined to such an area either.

So what is being advocated here — the corralling (In the manner of the LTTE’s hostage-taking to forge a human-shield) of Tamils, Muslims and other groups into particular geographical areas so that they can ‘manage their own affairs’? How about asking Tamils living outside the ‘traditional homeland’ (Of Eelamist myth-mongering — yes, it needs to be repeated) for a show of hands with perhaps the additional ‘nationalistic’ impetus of ‘first go live there’?

Can we now talk about other planets, i.e. not planets in which the wish-lists of the wishful-thinkers who are hard pressed to apologise for the yahapalanists can make some ground but rather planets they probably inhabit right now?
Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer.

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2 Responses to “The planetary preferences of yahapalana apologists”

  1. S.Gonsal Says:

    Can someone get up say DEVOLUTION=RACISM ?

  2. plumblossom Says:

    In the Missing Persons Act, a relative or a friend can make an official inquiry (but a totally bogus inquiry) from the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) by email inquiring as to the whereabouts of their relative or friend.

    There are over 8 lakhs to 10 lakhs Tamil diaspora asylum seekers (actually economic migrants), a vast majority of who support the separatist terrorist LTTE and its aim of a separate state. If even 40,000 of these Tamil diaspora who support the separatist terrorist LTTE write bogus emails to the OMP inquiring the whereabouts of their friend or relative (but this friend or relative is actually living alongside them in these countries i.e. the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India etc.) these inquiries will officially be accepted by the OMP as 40,000 missing persons.

    According to the provisions of the OMP Act, even if the OMP inquires after these let us say 40,000 and finds out that these are all bogus inquiries and that all these 40,000 persons are actually living alongside the inquirer i.e. their relative or friend and these complaints about these persons being missing are all bogus, the missing persons, now found by the OMP, can request that their whereabouts not be revealed to their relative or friend or be made public. So officially these 40,000 persons will still be missing!!!

    Then the OMP will use these bogus 40,000 missing persons (who are actually living comfortably in the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India etc.) as manufactured ‘evidence’ that war crimes happened in Sri Lanka (and all these bogus inquirers will state that these persons went missing during the 2006-2009 period) and our Sri Lankan Armed Forces will be persecuted for committing war crimes that they never, ever committed by a judicial process using these bogus email inquiries.

    The Missing Persons Act states specifically that if the missing person who is now found requests that the fact that they are now found not be revealed to the public that person will remain as missing as far as the OMP is concerned. That is how the OMP will manufacture bogus ‘evidence’ of 40,000 missing persons so that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces can be persecuted for committing bogus war crimes.

    The OMP emails cannot be checked by any outside body as stated in the Act since all evidence (almost all bogus) gathered by the OMP remains confidential. The OMP cannot be taken to the Supreme Court on this issue. However the OMP should absolutely and immediately be taken to the Supreme Court regarding what has been written above which is what would happen when this OMP is set up.

    The OMP will become a bogus ‘evidence’ manufacturing machine which will gather such bogus inquiries via email from those members of the Tamil diaspora who are supportive of the LTTE terrorists and who will send bogus email inquiries by their thousands. All these bogus inquiries (of people who are actually living in the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India etc.) will then be misused as missing person inquiries.

    I did not realize that the Sinhalese were this stupid as to allow such a process within the Missing Persons Act which can be blatantly misused in order to manufacture bogus ‘evidence’ like this. The OMP process is not transparent, it will happen in totally secrecy, no one in Sri Lanka will be able to question it, not our police, not our courts, not our Sri Lankan citizens, nobody. All the OMP will do is gather bogus email ‘evidence’ such as described above which will then be misused as missing person inquiries to try the Sri Lankan Armed Forces for bogus war crimes that they never, ever committed.

    The OMP process as described above must be stopped immediately. If a relative or a friend really and genuinely wants to find out about their genuinely missing relative or friend (i.e. perished LTTE terrorist), they can make a complaint to the OMP in person in public. This is the only way that Sri Lanka and the world will know that their inquiry is genuine. This was the methodology followed by the earlier Paranagama Commission which then received 23,000 complaints from relatives or friends of the missing person (i.e. perished LTTE terrorist or our perished Sri Lankan Forces soldiers) but they made their complaint in public in person to the commission. This is the only way to ensure authenticity and make the process transparent since this happens in the public arena. However, even with such safeguards, even some of those complaints may have been bogus.

    The OMP should be stopped immediately since it is not a transparent process at all as described above but a totally secretive process where no one and nobody can request to be provided an opportunity to even peruse, investigate or look at the email inquiries received by the OMP. If the UNHRC, the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India, the TNA and the separatist terrorists genuinely want to find out about perished LTTE terrorists, this Yahapalanaya Government could expand and extend the scope of the already set up Paranagama Commission in order to make such inquiries. This process should be totally following Sri Lankan Law, within Sri Lankan jurisdiction, paid for totally by the Sri Lankan Government only and with only Sri Lankan citizens appointed as commission members and investigators. In fact the entire staff should be composed Sri Lankan citizens only. The process should be a totally domestic process with no interference or input whatsoever from foreign countries. Most importantly, all complaints should be made in person by relatives and friends in public if their complaint is genuine.

    The Missing Persons Act is totally dangerous as pointed out above and should be dismissed totally as it is highly dangerous and a totally secretive process as described above designed and set up to manufacture bogus ‘evidence’ against the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

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