Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratna
Makes Ridiculous Demand For A Sinhala Nation's Apology To the Tamil
Community Forgetting his Ethnicity Status And The Composure Of The LTTE?
Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratna one of the more controversial members
of the Ranil Wickremasinghe Cabinet has once again indulged in one of
his many ego trips which has directed him along a rather erratic path
and probably is the reason for his garbled statement to the BBC demanding
that the Sinhala Nation apologize to the Tamil Community for what they
LTTE term the Black July Uprisings of 1983.
The confusion related contradictions in his statement to the Sinhala
Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation - Sandeshaya depicts
Senaratna in very poor light as a patriotic Sinhalese and as usually
has been overly melodramatic, sometimes ranging from the sublime to
the ridiculous where he has called the former PA Foreign Minister Lakshman
Kadirgamar a (Tamil by birth) 'A Sinhala Racist ' for his affiliations
with the SLFP while demanding an apology to the Tamil Community and
the apology which he is demanding incidentally is for the Black July
Anti Tamil uprisings which in fact transpired during the tenure of his
own party the UNP during a previous UNP regime as he seems to have all
his facts mixed up together with the simplest interpretations of ethnic
Perhaps it is Mr. Senaratna himself who owes an apology to the Sinhala
Nation on his obstreperous outburst about the morals of racial tension
which were propagated to great intensity through the errors of judgement
by the founders of his own ruling party the UNF then UNP and without
the proper facts and decorum needed to address such a sensitive issue
should learn to put up or shut up.
He has been misnomered as a 'Powerful Cabinet Minister' by certain factions
of the newsmedia and powerful probably by virtue of his vocal chords
and the many occassions he has had the nerve to stand up to the President
in his pesky irritable manner where the President has always been conciliatory
and classy in her responses to puerile outbursts such as those of Mr.
Senaratna who should contain his emotions to accomodate the principles
and beliefs of the great Sinhala Nation which he could easily be cast
out of in the manner of a pariah if he keeps up such sentiments for
Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar happens to be one of the highest respected human
beings recognized Internationally and throughout Sri Lanka as a man
of vision, courage and integrity for all his accomplishments as a politician,
analyst and mediator and for Mr.Senaratna to denigrate him is shameful
on behalf of the ethnic community to which he belongs and a community
which certainly does not collectively or otherwise endorse such outbursts!
In quoting the well known news reports of accomplished Feature Journalist
and Political commentator Mr. Walter Jayawardena whose sources of information
are impeccable, it has been reported that "If Senaratne's statement
were to be taken seriously, the political guru of the present Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , the late J.R. Jayewardene who wiped
out all other contending parties in the party for the leadership and
placed Ranil Wickremesinghe at the head of the waiting line strictly
on nepotism for the leadership of the UNP should be held responsible
for the "Black July" Riots." wnd quote But his party,
according to his myopic interpretations still ruling the country should
not apologize since it was different from the UNP of the yesteryear
immediately labelling a double standard and a contradiction where he
seems to have taken a page from the expressions of the LTTE to whom
he very aptly appears to be playing the role of bucket carrying sychopant
much in the manner of his colleague Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena who recieved
a rude welcome of intimidatory thuggery recently by LTTE supportive
University Students on a visit to Jaffna together with a high ranking
official of the European Union!.
An interesting aspect of for the record with indelible reality is that
riots of July 1983 brought into focus by Mr. Senaratna was sparked off
by rioters provoked by 13 dead bodies of the Sri Lanka Army soldiers
killed by the LTTE in the North and brought to Colombo for a mass burial
at the Kanatte Cemetery by the J. R. Jayewardene regime.
There have been near proven allegations that some of Jayewardene's
Ministers instigated the riots with an incidence of Political Thuggery,
which was rampant during the J.R Jayawardena era and continued further
into the Premadasa years . As a disgusting fall out of these ignominious
foundations of infamy, it stands out today that Members of the ruling
UNF as well as their counterparts of other regimes also have proved
their capabilities in acting with total impunity and high handedness
in assaulting Police Officers, Senior Government Officials and whomsoever
they deem fit who are invariably from opposition factions at the worst
contested levels of political rivalry which seems somewhat indigenous
to many developing nations sadly and Sri Lanka being no exception nevertheless!.
They have undisputably been also linked with murders of politicians
within their own ruling clan and of the Opposition Parties.
There certainly seems to be apologies in order for UNP related lapses
in recent times which once began with the dismantling the Army check
points from Vauniya downwards. In July 1983, when late President J.R.
Jayawardena who would fit the role of a modern day Nero, powerful President
of Sri Lanka that he was, continued sleeping perhaps fiddling also!
( if the expression is applied ambiguously) for days, while UNP mobs
aided and abetted by the notorious late Mr.Cyril Mathew and other UNP
'goondas' went on a frenzied rampage which led to carnage, resulting
in the loss of life, limb and collossal property damage to the minority
Tamils and the Nation burned from Jaffna to Dondra Head. On two consecutive
days, Tamil Prisoners were brutally hacked to death or maimed. An eventual
curfew though imposed seemed a little too late. The damage had been
done and Sri Lanka was further dragged to a never ending war with the
It seems incongruous that the whole Sinhala Nation according to Mr.
Rajitha Senaratna should now ask for a pardon from the Tamils where
in reality it should be the UNP who should condescend and relent their
past sins and perhaps offer the pardon to the Tamil Community so impassionedly
sought by Mr.Senaratna and in turn demand from the Tamil Terrorists
and their collaborators, restitution and compensation for the attrocities
committed by them in the name of Eelam which has caused far greater
damage to a Sovereign Independent Nation than all of the Armed Forces
engagements assigned to what was a constitutional right in protecting
Sri Lankas's Territorial and Sovereign Integrity.
There have been unconfirmed reports that Mr.Rajitha Senaratne was allegedly
given a leading position in the ruling United National Party strictly
for his anti-Sinhala idealism, by the current leader of the party Ranil
Wickremesinghe who was also alleged at the time to be secretly negotiating
with the rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam the LTTE.
Mr.Wickremasinghe has also been accused of authoritarian rule within
his party where he was not cordially disposed towards pro-Sinhala UNP
politicians and that there have been examples of nationalistic Sinhala
fervour within the UNP being purged and eliminated and prominent politicians
subjected to career ending crunches
A final Bulletin which sounds very plausible suggests that Mr. Rajitha
Senaratne has in fact helped his close leader Wickremesinghe in his
palaverings with the Tamil rebel group, LTTE who have impassed the teetering
Peace Talks while staring directly at the LTTE's constant clandestine
gearing for war which carries more of a verbal threat and deemed ignorable
by virtue of default against the International Accords against terrorism.
A critical stage of the new political relationship has however arrived
with a loss of face to himself as well as the UNF Administration when
under the pressure of the rebel group Mr.Rajitha Senaratne has had to
cancel an official visit to attend to land matters in Trincomalee, which
the rebel group is planning to make their 'capital 'after they 'separate'
the Northern and Eastern Provinces from the rest of Sri Lanka which
of course is pure conjecture.
Tamil Tiger spokesperson Sampanthan in a most reprehensible manner refering
to the latest Government proposals is quoted as saying"We cannot
accept any hasty decision taken regarding land related problems in the
Trincomalee District at a time when all attempts are made to take forward
the Peace Process and serious consideration is given to the establishment
of an interim administrative structure with adequate powers."This
very proposed Interim Administrative Structure is presently on the verge
of being rejected by the LTTE unless the necessary subjugations and
capitulations to their advantage are incorporated in it.
Probably irrelevant to Mr. Senaratna's demand for a Sinhala Nation's
apology to the Tamil Community but very relevant when considering the
arrogance of the LTTE to whom pussyfooting by the likes of Senaratna
seem to come naturally while also invoking the laughter of the Sinhala
Nation in so doing