So this is what they voted for: While Mahinda spoke about expressways and skyscrapers, Maithripala talks about bras
Posted on January 3rd, 2016

by Way Ahead for Sri Lanka

So it turns out that people voted not for a new politics but for the same old politics — as long as it was carried out by new faces. Most of the faces now at the top of Sri Lanka’s political pyramid aren’t really new at all though. They are in fact the faces of characters we have known for ten, twenty, thirty, forty and even more years. They are the same faces, just older, more saggy, more sclerotic and balder than when they first appeared.

And when the country’s once booming economy and rapid development was handed over to these old, old, old, stuck-in-the-past characters with ulterior motives, anyone could predict accurately the state of affairs we would see at the end of this tumultuous year.

A politician daughter sends her family’s thugs to attack opponents in broad daylight. The population on the verge of a general strike. Haarthals almost every other week by extremist elements. The state planning to pry into every aspect of citizens’ lives through a Big Brother” database. The pilfering of pension schemes. Hyperinflation of food and other basic necessities. The induced crossing over of MPs through ministerial positions, cars, drivers and perks.

The good governance” brigade’s corruption is worse and more brazen than ever.

And to top it all off, there was the whole Enrique affair: the famous cricketers who were poster boys of good governance planned it, the good governance Twitter youth debased themselves during it, and to end it, the good governance president — in an attempt to distract from the orgy of crudeness that his regime enabled — muttered some nonsense that made Sri Lanka the laughing stock of the world.

Our nation’s journey to development came to a juddering halt between January and August, and from September to December the engine pulling us forward was dismantled and sold for scrap. The good governance goons took a country that was on the cusp of financial success — finally ready to join the rest of South East Asia after a 40 year delay — and reduced it to a banana republic.

Not bad for just 12 months in power. Almost as if that was the good governance plan all along…

Next year will be far worse. The goons running the show at the moment are planning on a new constitution. This is no small matter. Every fault line that runs beneath the surface of Sri Lanka’s hodgepodge society (if we can even call it a society) will be put under severe stress. The minority groups will see this as their moment to entrench and codify systemic advantages for themselves at the expense of the majority community. Various other special interests will also demand their pound of flesh.

By redrawing electoral boundaries and changing the structure of Sri Lanka’s political system, treacherous politicians will try to ensure that a patriotic force can never be elected to power. The new constitutional court will prevent future leaders from emerging, will obstruct patriotic parties by ruling that their election manifestos are “unconstitutional,” and will stymie any future efforts at restoring democratic representation by blocking patriotic bills and Acts.

However, we must remember that the country is severely split. The votes at the general election divided almost 50-50. But the key point is that the 50% who voted for Mahinda were almost entirely Sinhalese. So 2/3 of the majority voted for Mahinda, while 1/3 voted for servitude. Such a narrow base of majority support is not a strong enough mandate on which to write a constitution which will, by definition and intention, marginalize and delegitimize the indigenous majority group in their own homeland.

Sri Lanka is being colonized and Balkanized. But its citizens — especially the Sinhalese — will have only themselves to blame. They were warned. And they made their choice. I hope they are ready for the earthquake that is coming.

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3 Responses to “So this is what they voted for: While Mahinda spoke about expressways and skyscrapers, Maithripala talks about bras”

  1. Christie Says:

    Namaste: The 2015 Sri Lankan Presidential election: How it happened? What it means for Sri Lanka? What it means for Indian Empire (Indian Union & its colonies)?
    How it happened? Another Indian job. The former President called an early election. The Indian imperialists (India) were ready to correct its mistake in 2005 when it backed Mahinda Rajapaksa over Ranil Wickramasinge. Then, Indian imperialists advised Indian block vote in the island to abstain from voting. The reason for the preference was Indian imperialists thought it will be easier to negotiate with Mahinda an unknown matter for India. Unfortunately for India, Mahinda did not follow Indian directions as former Sri Lankan leaders did since 1956. In 2010 India enrolled General Sarath Fonseka as a presidential candidate against Mahinda and failed. So behind the scene as Indian imperialist always do they were planning for years and got former governor Chandrika Bandaranayake-Kumaranatunge to do the job and succeeded with doing a repeat of what India did with her father Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranayake in 1951. India did not have to wait for four year this time. India managed to divide the non-Indian vote and got the Indian block vote for Maithripala Sirisena the new governor of Sri Lanka who may be the proxy for the real governor Chandrika.
    What it means for Sri Lanka? Nothing much. It will be the same as what the island nation had from 1956 to 2005 and before from 1792 to 1948. The Indian minority will run the country with the privileges they enjoyed since their arrival under the cover of the British fire power and their own nonviolent aggression and oppression. They will claim they are the victims of Majority Chauvinists; the same claim that they make in other colonies from Fiji to Guyana. For example; finance and justice; most important ingredients in the world and heads of these two institutions in the island now are from the victimized minority and one of them has been brought from another colony.
    What it means for the Indian Empire? It means a lot to the Indian Empire. The former partner of the British-Indian Empire from Fiji to Guyana that is all former tropical colonies of the British-Indian Empire. India lost its control over the island nation since 2005 as the new government of the island nation managed to wipe out the Indian terrorist arm; trained, armed, financed, managed and branded Tamil !Tigers by India. Since the election of the new governor Indian cars and food have become cheaper with reduced tax on Indian products. Indian Imperialists have already indicated massive investments and projects in all sectors of the economy. This will not be a hard act as the island nation’s economy has been in their hands for more than two centuries and the business language in the country is an Indian language spoken by more than 75 million of them in India. The wealthiest in the island are Indian though their wealth is not stored in the island but most of it in India. Reclaiming the control over the island nation will supplement its control over the Indian Ocean and Indian Ocean countries. With its unchallenged military power; with ICBMs, Aircraft Carriers, Nuke Subs, Nuke (Peace) bombs and purchase of hundred billion dollars’ worth of military hardware the island nation provides the best step with Mauritius a third State of India to lay a drag line across the Indian Ocean.
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  2. Hiranthe Says:

    Very well written Christie…

    We are doomed!! The Island nation is doomed!!!

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Points to take into account to save Sri Lanka :

    *. It was INDIA that imposed the 13-A on Sri Lanka.
    *. It were the TAMIL LEADERS who brought in the Vadukoddai Resolution (1976) to get Tamil Eelam through use of Violence.
    *. It was the British & Dutch who imported over one and a half million Tamil folk to work as indentured labor in the various tea, tobacco, coffee plantations.
    *. Hundreds of thousands of Tamil illegal migrants have poured into Sri Lanka since Independence in 1948.
    Reasons : Run away from Tamil Caste based Atrocities in Tamil Nadu. TN has over 15 Million Dalit Tamils.
    Run away from famines, floods, etc.

    These moves toward illegal migrantion into Lanka tacitly encouraged by Tamil leaders and various religious bodies for the sake of conversions. Tamils convert mainly to Catholicism, Christianity, Islam and some to Buddhism.
    Sri Lanka has laid a welcome mat with the Tamil language in place, free education & health care, jobs, etc. !!

    To set the situation right,
    – first get rid of the 13-A, imposed under Duress by India. It is an illegal piece of legislation. The People of Lanka must get this done through the Parliament.
    – Implement the 6-A, which to date has never been activated. Why have laws if not used when needed ?
    – The new Constitution : why ? Do Lankans need one ? We only need to get rid of the 13-A and implement the 6-A when needed.

    – Govern Lanka through a body of able, loyal, savvy, time tested senior (5-8) people.

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