Thuggery Within The Framework Of A Democratic Nation? The Perpetrators Need To Be Brought To Book!
Posted on January 9th, 2012

Insight By Sunil Kumar

January 8th  2012
There is no room for  the tolerance of thuggery and criminality in the offices of power in any capacity of the Administration of a Democratic Nation and an affront to the title  Socialist Democratic Republic  if some of its members choose to indulge in it, given the actions of some within the ruling party as well as the opposition who seem to think that being in public office is carte blanche to resort to lawlesness and social disobedience at times even within the precincts of the Parliament while in session. These types, it may be said unequivocally need to be brought to book and punished under the law or else the State is likely to become one of lawlwssness and anarchy to follow if the examples set by criminality escalate!

 If democratic principles are ensconced in the Constitution of Sri Lankan which it is, there is no provision for any member of parliament, cabinet minister and the like to resort to strong armed tactics sullying the nation’s political culture and democratic principles and as refered to in a recent editorial “seems to be one that is empowered by gun-power more than the power of people” to which it needs to be added  “while somewhat amazingly the Chief Administrator apparently turns a blind eye to certain incidents deemable as attrocities or is blissfully unaware of what goes on in his own backyard which of course given the true personality  and awareness of the nation’s leader is somewhat inconceivable , inadvertency through no fault of his own notwithstanding.

 However, and alarmingly so, in the wake of the elimination of Tamil Tiger Terrorism there is a new reality that seems to be infiltrating the environment of Sri Lanka where trigger happy, armed individuals some in an official capacity and others not, seem to be waging their own gunfights at the OK Corral or so it seems where the OK appears to be an inference to the leniencies shown by the top guns of the Administration and the corrals, of indiscriminate venues whether official or not and a point to ponder upon towards the future of Sri Lanka from many perspectives including the influx of tourists waning, a nation surrounded by fear and uncertainty which are ominous signs for the Nation in rebuilding and restrictions to progress not all that speculative.

Tougher laws on weapons, heavy penalties for violators and a complete clamping down of every form of criminal activity regardless of what clout some of them might have seems imperative in Sri Lanka today lest the problems faced in this respect turn the nation inoto one of anarchy. Student and Trade Unions as well as opposition political parties should not be expempt from this either as there is no need for trigger happy, armed to the teeth types running amok in a country which was once reputed for its tranquility and peace which although seemingly returning after the terrorist wars sems to be re-surging in a different perspective, that of internal thuggery and criminality!

 One cannot shove under the carpet the stark realities of what goes on almost on a daily basis as criminal activities, personal vendettas of politicians and big businessmen who at times even have links  to  gangs and underworld criminals take place sometimes  in  plain public eye without conscience or remorse. The perpetrators of these activities are sometimes by-passed and overlooked based on the influences which protect them as some analysts believe perhaps with valid reason and could come back to haunt all the good that has resulted from the war against insurgency and terrorism which the administration and the armed forces quelled in admirable resolution but would be to a degree worthless if it implodes into a new kind of terrorism devised from within as officialdome turns into authoritative attrocities and a cause for disdain and condemnation!

 It has been correctly observed by many independent sources who are courageous to comment on it through the media that  many brutal crimes committed by the underworld  does come to light but  those  who instigate the criminals  towards commiting  them are seldom identifiable as they hide behind the safety of their official capacities and political clout. There are cases of extortion, indiscriminate  killings, disappearances and may other forms of criminal activity reminiscent of LTTE attrocities during their day with little difference towards eventualities, liabilities and ramifications where the authorities need to get tough or face the condemnation of the global community all over again! The  question  needs to be asked –  Have there been any lessons learned through the hounding of Sri Lanka by the UN, USA, Britain and Canada albeit baseless and unfounded and how can they be confronted if the very infrastructure  of the nation’s environment is polluted by what goes on today in shameless perspective and tolerated?

 An editorial in InfoLanka has summed up veritably in one instance and just one example amongst many  as quoted that ” the truth is that, if the investigation comes closer to the mastermind, the suspect dies mysteriously, and the case files are gutted in a sudden fire. This is the predictable conclusion, quite common to all the stories that have strings attached to those who sit on higher echelons, whose demonic sides people know very little of.” which is part of what transpires in what the world sees as a Resplendent Isle, where only man is vile perhaps as he cuts into its resplencency through criminal activity !

 One needs no rocket science to ascertain that the recent t Mulleriyawa shooting  at a local polls booth between rival political factions, resulting in the death of presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra is a prime example of the criminalities refered to and under review.  It was no isolated incident  and one of continued attrocities by those responsible, with a screen towards their protection where on Boxing Day the nation as well as the world  was shocked by the death of the British National who was shot dead in Tangalle and his girlfriend, brutally raped by  suspects linked to the ruling party and a chairman of a local District Council which augurs very positively towards the accusation that attrocities in Sri Lanka linked to the power block of the ruling party are painfully visible regardless of who sanctions them overall and beyond a doubt the responsibility of the President and his team of Administrators whether inadvertently or not!

The trend needs to be officially motivated towards a safer Nation and those responsible for continued criminal activity brought to book surely regardless of the rhetoric of some who are cocky enough to be arrogant in justifying their own contributions towards what many term as Sri Lanka’s shame!!

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