Relocate the Nation’s Capital to ‘Gokanna,’ (Trincomalee) An Open Letter to Our Next President Gotabhaya Rajapakse and next Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Posted on November 15th, 2019

Geethanjana Kudaligamage

Rajapakses, Geopolitics, ‘Eurocentric Developmentalism,’ and the western hegemony 

(Part 20-A)

From time to time throughout history, if foreign powers recurrently have been hellbent on grabbing what is legitimately yours, at times by force and conspiracy, what options would you have in order to resolve that problem? If their land grab is targeting the most valuable property you have due to its strategic location in the Indian Ocean, and if this land is historically and ancestrally belonging to you, and if this conspiracy is being launched with the active help of some of your own family members plotting against you within, what is the simple solution you have in your disposal to resolve such dilemma? The full occupation of the said property is the only solution, isn’t it? Your significant presence in this property would be the only answer, correct? As long as you keep this property open without having your physical presence there, (not just partial presence, but a significant presence) that reason along encourages others to grab it. Because you haven’t shown that you value and beholden to this diamond in the rough, because you are so stupid, a congenital idiot not to know that it is a rare diamond hiding the future of your success. The land grab becomes easier when the true owner of this property doesn’t show interest in it. The same stupidity brought disaster to our nation earlier in our history and now it happens again. It is a time tested, historically proven truth about the relationship between man and the land, man and his geography. Outsiders will come in and fill the vacuum and settle there when you are not there.

‘Gokanna’ is the ancient name of Trincomalee, an ancient port city located on the east coast of Sri Lanka overlooking an insulated deepwater natural harbor. This is the only location in Sri Lanka where we have beautiful precipitous hills in the oceanfront letting an observer see several miles into the ocean. This is also a well-known habitat of wild elephants with a specific talent. It is a common spectacle to see them frequently swimming in the ocean, swimming between forests in the mainland and the hilly islands situated in the ocean.

Apart from the natural beauty, this has been the battleground for many battles in the ancient and modern history of Sri Lanka. Since the Portuguese era, this location has been one of the main interests of competition among world maritime powers to have it in their possession. Based on the evidence, we know our location in the Indian Ocean, especially Trinco harbor is one of the main reasons why most of the western countries and India supported separatism and terrorism in Sri Lanka. They might have strategized to weaken the nation trough division of its territory by pitting different races up against each other.

Trincomalee’s name has been written in modern world history due to a couple of reasons. One such reason was the greatest naval battles that took place in its vicinity, between largest maritime powers at that time, France and England off the coast of Trincomalee.

And also Trincomalee was well known for its being the commanding post of Lord Mountbatten (British), Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command, during the second world war.

The onslaught of western maritime powers who desired to possess this strategic island and the Trinco harbor has been intensified in recent history after China became an economic powerhouse in Asia., The western interest of having a foothold in Sri Lanka has never died for the last 500 years. If we do not put utmost importance to undertaking this dilemma and divert all our physical and intellectual resources/wealth prioritizing to resolve it to bring a lasting solution for this problem, our future in the Indian Ocean will be no different from that of the Chegosians in Diego Garcia islands. 

If we go back to the beginning of the modern history of the island nation, Sri Lanka’s first western encounter was the Portuguese. They ruled the coastal belt of the island from 1505-1658. Then the Dutches ruled almost the same areas approximately for another 150 years and finally, Britain managed to rule the entire island nation from 1815-1948. The western powers partially or fully possessed the island for 443 years, during this time they controlled our ports and maritime capabilities and even our access to the ocean most of the time. And the western rule tells another aspect of the culture and their political affiliations of the people of Sri Lanka. Although the people in coastal belt experienced and lived through western culture for the entire colonial period of Sri Lanka for 443 years, the people of the hinterland and deep countryside experienced it only from 1818-1948, just for 130 years. Isn’t that an important reason to understand why Colombian thinking is completely different from that of the village people in Sri Lanka? Colombian is the trusted foster child of western colonialism. 

The British were the only colonial power that could claim to have their full authority in Trincomalee. Until then it was under the jurisdiction of Sinhala kingdom. (By the way, Wikipedia carries an article with falls history about Trincomalee glorifying it as a region entirely remained under the rule of Tamil kingdom for two millennia. Someone may have to correct this false narrative of history in Wikipedia.)

Then we were granted independence in 1948, eventually, we could establish a fully independent ‘state’ of Sri Lanka in 1972. We have been independent only for 70 years. However, within 25 years after the independence, some of the western countries and India rattled and ruined our so-called ‘Independence.’ They covertly and overtly backed separatism and terrorist movements in the island, who challenged the legitimate ‘statehood’ and its territorial authority. These terrorist organizations also desired to possess this land. Even in this conflict, Trincomalee was the target of many who had stakes in the national issue of Sri Lanka. On the other hand, we were told that our independence was won by Colombians without shedding a single drop of blood. How come? No one seems to question this false official narrative of our history.

‘In-dependent’ Sri Lanka was kept in-check all the way through

Sri Lanka was never given a chance to rest during her entire history. However, the desire of the west to get a foothold in Sri Lanka was not new. It never changed even after ending western colonialism. During the Portuguese era, the Portuguese had envisioned to create a second Portugal in Sri Lanka. That was the dream of Admiral Afonso de Albuquerque. (The notorious conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque who raided, captured, and conquered many coastal cities in Asia for the Portuguese Empire-Wikipedia).The reason and justification for his decision were related to our strategic location.

By 1590 the Portuguese were dreaming to colonize the entire island. So they planned to conquer Kandy. Just before the Portuguese invasion of Kandy, with the intention of enthroning Dona Katharina in Kandyan court to create a protectorate under Portuguese supervision, convincing the Viceroy and his war council about the prospects of conquering and colonizing the entire Island was presented explicitly by their war strategists as follows…

It is a desirable possession for any nation. It was, moreover the natural center of the rich traffic with the southern seas; and so long as the Portuguese were supreme at sea, its insular position would render its defense against all possible enemies no difficult matter. Could it be that Ceylon destined to be the scene of the fulfillment of AlBOQUERQUE’S dream that Ceylon would be established a second Portuguese nation which should hold sway over the whole of India?”  (P.E. Pieris)  

This insular position it mentions is nothing but the Trincomalee harbor I think. And also this statement reveals another timeless truth behind western desire to possess it. It is to hold sway over the whole of India. Controlling India would be an easy task for any power if it possesses Trincomalee harbor. This reveals that the short-sighted foolish Indians have dug their own grave by creating the separatist monster in Sri Lanka eventually to bite them.

However, the Indian thinking seems to be quite different. They seem to dig deep and entrench in the island when this endgame of dividing Sri Lanka happens. As the sole regional power, India might be envisioning to annex North-East Sri Lanka if everything goes in favor of separatism. When I say this, I am pretty sure that the Colombians will chuckle and even will post a comment refuting this hypothesis as complete bunkum. (It is clear that few commenters in LankaWeb are paid bots by external espionage agencies.) The reason for this reaction is simply because Colombians don’t get it. They do not get it because they are brain dead or their brains are full of sawdust. They live in an alternative reality. While living in such a bubble of a fairy tale type of false reality, they still possess the authority for giving interpretations and explanations, especially in our foreign policy matters. This needs to be ended. Yes fully ended.   

Why do we persistently having the same problem for the last 500 years even after the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation is ended? And even 70 years after the western occupation was ended? The reason is that we haven’t been able to get hold of the main location of western interest in our land fully into our hands. Until the Sri Lankan state fully occupies the entire eastern flank of the country, and until we move into Trincomalee and having our significant presence there, the separatism will stay, terrorism will stay, and the western and Indian interference into our internal politics will stay. Because the lifeline of all those disorders originates from a single epicenter, that is nonother than the desire of outsiders to have Trincomalee in their possession.  

For many, our location is the curse for our country, like hydrocarbon deposits for middle eastern countries and minerals for the African countries. But how if we think positively about it? Can we turn this curse into a blessing? But we know that the uncreative foolish Colombians cannot turn this curse into a blessing because they already have turned this curse into their personal blessing through NGOs turning our bleeding wounds into their source of income. If there is any hope, we can hope only that Rajapaksas would have the courage to change this situation. Mahinda and Gotabhaya are the only duos who can do it. That is the reason why I decided to write this article after almost ten years of silence.

Historical periods of a nation associated with the capital of that period of history. On every occasion, for legitimate reasons, far-sighted rulers have established their capitals in different locations in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, Kotte, Seethawaka, Kandy are some examples. Always there was the name of a king also associated with the establishment of these capitals.

But Colombo was established by Portuguese for colonial reasons. Getting out of this fake city is an overdue task if we truly need to be independent. If we analyze the reasons for relocating our capital in this period of political turmoil, the most qualified location will be Trincomalee. If Gotabhaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa managed to initiate this relocation, Tamils will be happy (not the separatists), Muslims will be happy; however, the less happy community will be Sinhalese. The reason is that a good part of the Sinhalese community is being hoodwinked by the Colombians through their power of interpretation and explanation of the history of our country. This monopoly of the Colombians for explanations and interpretations is another area that needs a radical change. 

The map below shows that the perfect location for establishing our post-independence capital is Trincomalee, not Colombo.

Spice route of Indian ocean in 16th century (See the significance of Sri Lanka within the route)

First and foremostly Trincomalee is located in the east, the emerging future of the world. Secondly, if Sri Lanka to be a proud nation with her own capital representing her history and culture and its visual traditions, then she needs to build her capital with her cultural metaphor imprinted and engraved in it. Colombo is not that capital. It harbors all the ailments of colonial historical injustices. It is an alien place to the native. Ask this question within the first few weeks of their arrival from university students who are coming from villages to Colombo University. They will tell how alien it is to them. Or they might sing the song of Weraliyadda as the answer to that question.

මල් වියනින් බැඳී මහ බැද්දේ උන්

අකුරු කොරාන්නට නුවරට ගියෙ මම්

නුවර පිරිලා එරමිනි කටු වැල් (unfamiliar and unfavorable  colonial weeds and thorny obstacles)

ආයෙත් බැද්දට එනවා මම්

මහතූන් වෙනවට වැඩිය හොඳායි මට (becoming a gentleman through colonial education) 

බැද්දෙ බතාක් කර හිටියානම්                                                             

Let us build our postcolonial capital of the new nation of Sri Lanka in Gokanna /Trincomalee

Moving the nation’s capital is not a new thing in our history. We have moved our capital so many times for the same reason of external invasions and interference. Then in independent Sri Lanka, Colombo, the bastion of colonial power, segregation and apartheid, became our capital. We have moved the capital from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa, then to Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, Kotte, Seethawaka and to Kandy. But we got stuck in Colombo. Why? There is no reason for us to be in Colombo

When we go into history, different historical periods are referred by the name of the capital of the said period; such as Anuradhapura period, Polonnaruwa period. The modern history of Sri Lanka referred to as the Colombo period. That is why we have poets of Kotte period and Colombo period. But the question is, does our capital Colombo truly represent the soul of the nation? I have a pretty bold answer. NO! Guarded by parapet wall culture, this is the symbol of Apartheid, segregation and even compartmentalization of our society. The demolition (symbolically not literally) of this city and its colonial ruins are overdue folks.  

Based on this background, I would like to suggest our next president Gotasbhaya Rajapaksa and next prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to relocate our capital in Trincomalee. Why? Because of a myriad of reasons. This relocation would be the remedy for most of our vulnerabilities currently we are grappling with. For instance, when the central government of Sri Lankan state is located there in Trincomalee, the intensity and velocity of western and Indian interference will be faded away since we legitimately occupying their object of interest. And also it removes the kernel of separatism because a separate state cannot survive without Trincomalee. Since the state of Sri Lanka is firmly situated there, the adversaries who want to fork their fingers into our affairs to divide us will be discouraged. Without Trinco, the value of the Tamil cause will be decreased in western foreign offices. Fake crocodile tears of Human Rights organizations and NGOs will be dried off without profits. The funding sources for NGOs will be ceased. One single stroke of statesmanship will resolve a myriad of problems for Sri Lanka. It will be a Putin-ist masterstroke by Gotabhaya and Mahinda. If they can do this, Gotabhaya and Mahinda’s names will be written in golden letters in the history of Sri Lanka. Because it will open a new chapter in our history called the ‘Trincomalee period.’ Just like every other period was referred with the name of a king associated with the respective period, Gokann or Trincomalee period of our history will be referred to Rajapaksas.

Gotabhaya already has mentioned about the development of Colombo into a futuristic city. That is a good thing. He should do it. However, our future will be tainted in Colombo and the futuristic city that he envisions to build in Colombo will be built on the smelling rotten ruins of colonialism, its tradition of apartheid and segregation. The entire Colombo is full of rotten colonial ruins contaminating the air in Colombo mixed with the odor of colonial leftovers. Sorry for the foul language, but it is the truth. This is the allegorical Trumpian ‘shithole’ by its very meaning of the word, (This is the new word that US presidents added into the vocabulary of political science in American English, so I consider it is not a bad word anymore) This is the place where our colonized brown sahibs thinking that they can become more civilized merely by associating with bathroom tissues, Sunday English newspapers while constantly uttering empty English phrases.

It is the place where all these champions and the admirers of our ‘charitable’ free ‘independence’ from Britain live in. Colombians brag that they won independence from Britain for us in Sri Lanka. But they never tell us that they never fought or contested anything to win. They never fought for our independence per se, but instead, received it through kissing rear ends of colonial masters, and begged for it. Compare the Indians’ independence struggle with our independence struggle; the Indians have fought tooth and nail to gain their independence. However, in the case of Sri Lanka, independence was not at all a glorious achievement to be proud of, it only confirms our conformity to Britain. The Colombians assured to Britain not to change anything fundamentally and assured to maintain the status quo in post-independent Sri Lanka was one main reason why Britishers granted in-dependence to Colombians.

Colombians can write volumes about how to win any independence without shedding a single drop of blood, without firing a single shot, just by using a mere tongue. Mahathma Gandhi used his tongue for orations of his ‘Ahimsa’ strategy of nonviolence. In other words, Gandhi made Britishers be tired of beating the shit out of Indians. because there were too many Indians. India lost its freedom through the insurmountable violence of Britain and won it back by getting even more beating. Colonized Borgoisies in India were very happy with the outcome. But nobody questions why Indians had to get beaten once again to reclaim their lost freedom. By comparing the cost of Indian independence through nonviolence, Indians could have won their freedom through an armed struggle with the same human cost? The Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the killing spree due to partitioning India are some of the monumental examples. If the Indians are proud of the human cost of their independence through bloodied nonviolence, why shouldn’t I? Although this cost of nonviolence is significantly greater, alas…still, the Indians are happy and they say they are proud of it.

But again, Indian official historians never question the reason why the British authority never adhered to even greater violence for the suppression of Indian independence when they really neede their colonies to rebuild England in the post-war era. What was the guaranty for the safety net of Gandhian moment come from? First and foremost, the historical moment was in favor of Gandhi. Otherwise, he also might have been ended like Patrice Lumumba. We might have found him hanging in a tea plantation or in a similar location. Churchill was a well-known megalomaniac criminal doubly insane than Prabhakaran, capable of using extream violence, but couldn’t push his already violent suppression into the extream in India. Why? Why even the leaders after Churchill could not use full force to suppress Indian independence?

The reason was that Churchills’ hands were tied by US president Roosevelt; Roosevelt envisioned that the post-war world was favorable to USA inasmuch colonial empires are dismantled and Europe is completely decimated.  He was envisioning a new American century. He truly wanted Europe to be destroyed, or in Clintonian political vocabulary, obliterated. That was the exact reason why he delayed sending American troops to Europe when the battle was very thick. Not only that, Rosevelt depleted Churchills’ treasury. Took all the gold for the payments for the equipment he sent. He demanded the end of the Imperial preference scheme in trade and wanted Churchill to dismantle the colonial empire. So wittingly or unwittingly Roosevelt’s position strengthened Gandhi and created the safety-net in favor of Indian independence.

India’s meek acceptance of independence and the admiration of their very oppressors by leaders like Naru would be the reason for the Colombians to adhere to the liberation philosophy of the tongue. Here I am not referring to patois of Colombians, or their talents in liberatory orations or sermons. But a completely different way of their use of tongue that nature had never envisioned. Alas…if there was a single Colombian in Mout Vernon Virginia with General Geoge Washington during American independence, General Washington could have averted the wasteful bloodshed and unnecessary human cost of American independence. The same goes for Haitian leader Toussaint Louverture, Simón Bolívar, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Lenin, and other revolutionary leaders. 

However, Britain granted independence to Colombians, not because of Britain’s merciful benevolence. Or, it was not because they awesomely satisfied the butt liking style of the Colombian tongue. Actually, it was completely a remote reason, that was the US policy led by Roosevelt. As I said earlier, Britain granted independence to all its colonies because US president Roosevelt demanded Britain and Frace to do it if they wanted the USA to involve in the second world war. Roosevelt’s arm twisting strategy made British PM Churchill to grant independence to all British colonies. Roosevelt’s position about America’s involvement in the war was clear. Roosevelt stubbornly demanded that if the USA to get into the war to save Britten and Europe from Germany, England and France must agree to dismantle their colonial empires and imperial preference scheme that choked all other economies including the USA’s. Dig deep into the history folks, you will find not only this reality but also that Churchill had hated Roosevelt more than he hated Hitler.

Our independence was just an offshoot, a side effect of this larger world event. We never fought for it. Oh no! I am sorry, in fairness to our ‘Nidahase Piyas in Colombo,’ I must say… yes, indeed, Colombians fought a fierce battle for our independence with cutleries and wine glasses in dinner and cocktail parties with Brits.

As a result of the aftermath of the second world war, Colombians slavishly received our independence as a merciful charity from Britain on terms and conditions of the Brits. In India, British conditions brought disaster. The partition of India was one such condition that Britain created. Colombians never questions the reasons as to how and why Britain granted our independence without a fight when they actually vanquished us after beating the shit out of us in Wellassa in 1818 and in Matale in 1848. Dear folks, can you be proud of such independence when it is granted without a fight, at least through a war of words? No, no, no! February 4th should be a day of mourning, not celebration. Because Colombians received independence after they destroyed the real fighter, Anagarika Dharmapala, who fought for respectable independence. Now Colombians can ask why we should have an unnecessary fight for our independence when Britain was ready to grant it free. Then the question arises as to why then Britain didn’t want to grant the same independence free to Anagarika Dharmapala? Isn’t that fishy? 

Well, it won’t go both ways; either you have to live in shame rest of your life or you have to win your freedom in the same manner you lost it. At least stop this bragging about it. It is sickening for those who know history. Bragging about winning our independence this manner is similar to that of bragging about winning a cricket match (our colonial master’s game) due to bad weather. Since the Colombians received our independence as a charity (Pinata) from Britain, we must call the receivers ‘Nidahase Pin-Piyas,’ rather than ‘Nidahaser Piyas.

Please let us stop this bogus history lesson about the independence of Sri Lanka. Let us face the bitter reality. We never being independent folks. That is the truth. Just see how the Colombians behave even today. Aren’t they behave like foreign agents? Are they behaving independently? Or behaving in-dependence?

By the way, although it is going out of our subject matter too far, we must thank our first prime minister of independent Sri Lanka D. S Senanayake for his dedication to the resettlement program in Galloya project. He also built splendid Senanayake Samudraya without borrowing a single cent from external lenders. We must bow our heads for it, not because he never borrowed funds, but for not breaking the central bank when it was having full of cash.

The reason why D.S did not need to borrow money for the construction of Senanayake Samudra was that the British colonial administration had had a wonderful fiscal policy throughout the colonial time to leave the treasury full of cash when we were granted independence. And for the foolishness of the Brits, they didn’t know how to break a central bank. Alas…poor Brits foolishly left the central Bank of then Ceylon full of cash. For the bad luck of the British colonial leaders, Ranil was also too young, therefore, he could not teach them how to break a bank; not just a regular bank, but a central bank. That is the only talent he had learned in Royal Collage and had mastered in politics. We also must thank D.S for not breaking the central bank when it was full of cash.

But however, we also must grudgingly thank Senanayakes for their immense contribution to making us an independent nation of insurmountable alcoholism (pardon me, because I love alcohol). According to Kumari Jayawardene’s brilliantly written historical account of the rise of our colonial bourgeoisie, ‘Nobodies to Somebodies,’ Senanayake family was one of the leading families in Sri Lanka with a humble beginning, who became wealthier through Arrack licensing in colonial Ceylon. Also, do not forget to compare that information with the British prisoner Robert Knox’s account about Sinhalese in the 19th century Ceylon. Knox said that Ceylonese of the time never consumed alcohol at all. Robert Knox was a prisoner in the Kandyan kingdom at the end of Duch occupation and beginning of British influence.

Great job by our Colombians who became somebodies by spreading alcoholism among locals. It is remarkable to see what they have done to a non-alcoholic nation, turning them into the number one alcoholic consuming nation in the world within a short period of time during the colonial era. No wonder why people called Senanayake’s ancestral house The Manor of the Bottle.” (බෝතලේ වලව්ව)  

Colombo is a city of slavish mental slaves

Colombo is a city without morals. It is the epicenter of all ill wills of our country. Colombians are the shameless callous bunch of baboons walking in the breeze of Gallface green with open butts. Think about the current politics of UNP, NGOs and so-called civil society. All these parasites are originated in Colombo working hard to enslave our nation.

First of all, Colombo was created as a colonial city by the Portuguese. If we were truly gained independence in 1948, we must have built our own capital elsewhere at that time. But we couldn’t do it then, because the postcolonial Colombians who gained political power after independence didn’t want to do it. Now with all the internal and external political reasons, it is time for Gotabhaya and Mahinda to do it. At the same time, I would like to add specifics to it by suggesting to relocate our capital to Trinco once again so Gota and Mahinda can begin their true futuristic city from ground zero there.

Since Gotabhaya has envisioned other development plans, our entire resources cannot be diverted into building cities alone. But his first task must be developing the Gokanna/Trinco harbor into a modern harbor. Then we must have an international airport in the suburbs. Let us create an administrative district in it where we can have beautiful boulevards especially for all government ministries and departments. We also can have an embassy-row in a newly created beautiful boulevard. All government ministries can be next to the embassy row. The parliament can be in the center of the administrative district. The city center can have a gigantic monument, it could be our own ‘Arc de Triomphe.’ That could be a part of the monument for our independence. We also can have all cultural centers art galleries, sports grounds…what not? The streets also can be super-wide allowing for future expansions.

Gotabhaya and Mahinda are the futuristic leaders who are capable of taking on this kind of history-making task.

Gotabhaya is not a typical politician that calculates every move through the prism of selfish political gains and party politics. His not being another politician is the exact reason why people trust him and hoping that he will bring peace and prosperity, and resolve many of our postcolonial political, economic and social ailments.

The main reason for people to invest a lot of expectations on Gotabhaya is that they think he has the courage to do the unthinkable; unthinkable for many other politicians. When many other politicians repeated the same mantra of the invincibility of the LTTE, he managed to convince his brother, then president Mahinda Rajapaksa to think otherwise. With his brother Gotabhaya’s military conviction, Pres. Rajapaksa professed to Erik Solheim, that he will defeat Prabhakaran. And he did it within two and a half years of a time frame. No one in the world could believe it. The entire western world who covertly and overtly supported terrorism in Sri Lanka took by surprise. In an article I published in 2010 on LankaWeb, I said…

In politics, the creative spirit demands tremendous courage to take risks; all remarkable politicians in world history were as audacious as they were fearless risk-takers. Sometimes, of course, creative destruction helps to build new foundations. In fact, colonial Sri Lanka has been built on a fake structure that has been reached to its limits. In order to go into the future, SL ought to demolish not only this fictitious structure itself but also its ruins. Indeed, as political history revels, there is nothing right or wrong as such in political actions but only justified measures, justified to the given circumstance and their contexts. If anyone can suggest an alternative strategy to disprove the actions of Rajapakse within the current Sri Lankan political context, then this writer invites them to come forward and submit their views to Lanka Web to enlighten the readers.”

I think Gotabhaya and Mahinda have this creative spirit and the courage to apply creative destruction to establish our nation anew.

The other reason for people to trust Gotabhaya is Gotabhaya never aspired to be the president of Sri Lanka, but people are the ones who wanted him to be the president.  Although it looks so trivial, it is a very important reason. This is the exact reason why he had the courage to trash the 13 conditions of the Tamil parties without even reading them. That tells that he is not in a position to do anything and everything to grab power like his opponent. 

People want Gotabhaya to bring lasting solutions to our national issue. We know that although we won the war in Nanthikadal, we haven’t been able to defeated the ideology of terrorism and separatism.

Gotabhaya era must be an epochal period of change. The history is yearning for a new beginning with a new chapter of our history. The ‘Colombo period’ of our history, the history of the swamp of two river watersheds of river Keleni and Kalu, must be ended. Sri Lanka demands a Gotabhaya version of draining the swamp in Sri Lanka. Colombian ideology must be destroyed into smithereens. The new historical period that begins with Gotabhaya will represent a different Lanka. That new historical period will be called the ‘Gokanna Period’ or the Thrikunamalaya period. Gotabhaya and Mahinda will be the pioneering establishers of this new historical period of Sri Lanka. Is Sri Lanka ready to accept the sea change that is awaiting in the horizon?  

One Response to “Relocate the Nation’s Capital to ‘Gokanna,’ (Trincomalee) An Open Letter to Our Next President Gotabhaya Rajapakse and next Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

  1. aloy Says:

    Agree to a great extent with Geethanjana. The SWAMP should be drained and the RATS driven away. Colombo is nothing but “Kuala Lumpur” (meaning the land mass at an estuary where the traders established their post), a Malay port. A Malay will pronounce it as Kolompu. The Colombians like NM, Colvin, Felix et al were instrumental in changing the name of our country from Sinhale to Lanka which again is a name for a land mass (or Godabima).

    However, establishing naval bases for world domination is old hat. Today the wars are won not by navies but by Nuclear bombs and cruise missiles. The battle of Trinco that he mentioned was lost by Brits due to lack of communication. Today we not only have all sort of RF communication including GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. but counter measures to hijack these with simple and inexpensive devices.

    We should also not allow the Eelam map to stare at us again after Nandikadal. One addition to this map today is the central hills as Malaya Nadu. Gota should keep that in mind while attempting reconciliation. Sinhalas voted him to power as the last chance.

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