Mahinda, strongman of SL politics, seems to be returning

Mahinda, strongman of SL politics, seems to be returning

The pro-Mahinda group boasts that whatever be the shortcomings of Mahinda Rajapaksa, “lack of strong leadership” is not among them. Apparently they have a set plan to come back; key is a loyal follower who will resign after dissolving Parliament. The loyal individual who resigns his Presidential chair after ensuring Parliamentary polls get held, quitting in favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa, would be made Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the way the posts of President and Prime Minister were exchanged by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in the Russian Federation.

Among the possible for such a role would be Prof. G.L. Peiris, who has long been a backer of former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda. President Mahinda Rajapaksa finished off the war against the Sri Lankan State carried on by the LTTE under Velupillai Prabhakaran, who though being a Christian by faith, was considered by the Tamil people, as the hero of Hindu Tamil nationalism.

During those weeks in 2009, we are told that the BJP under L.K. Advani was giving a sympathetic ear to ally Vaiko’s admonition to the party to try and save Prabhakaran from final defeat, and the Congress was heeding the call of its allies in Tamil Nadu to make the Sri Lankan military abandon its pursuit of the LTTE. Others say that Congress wanted the head of dead Prabhakaran!

Govt supported by only half of Sinhala people

At the same time, pressed by the Norwegians (who were under pressure of human rights organizations of Europe became the protectors of the LTTE within the international community), both the US as well as the EU were raising to a high decibel pitch their commands to Rajapaksa to desist from finishing off the LTTE and its commander.

This is the result of the role played by the proletarians of the advanced world. Several times in the past, the Sri Lankan military had reversed its pursuit of the “Tamil Tigers” in deference to international pressure, thereby saving the lives of Tamil people.

This time around, in Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya (who as Defence Secretary was having a fascistic hold of the Sri Lankan armed forces), the Sri Lankan State had a pair who refused to play by the rules set by democratic UN charter and ruthlessly condemned the peace efforts of Ranil and Chandrika.

They wanted to send as fast as possible, Prabhakaran and his men to their deaths. Not surprisingly, many civilians too (especially the human shields placed in key locations by the LTTE) lost their lives. Since then, an all-out effort of radical Tamil organizations and HR organizations have been launched to ensure that at least a few Sri Lankan generals (present and past) be brought before the International Court of Justice to stand trial for “crimes against humanity”.

The Yahapalanaya Unity Government in Sri Lanka has gone a considerable distance in exposing the real situation and accepting the demands of the global democratic forces to inquire locally, in to the alleged war crimes. Also Yahapalanaya has agreed to implement the UN resolution.

At the same time the UN has recognized that country has been under a fascistic dictatorship since the final defeat of the LTTE in 2009 at the hands of the Sri Lankan military. Under the Mahinda regime Colombo and other towns in the country were at peace but terror continued harming politicians, media personnel and activists for democracy.

In the 2015 polls, because of a split in the Sinhala vote between fascistic Mahinda and democratic Ranil, Tamil and Muslim minority parties were able to determine who ruled Sri Lanka.

Because of the boost in voting percentages among the Tamils and Muslims under democracy to a level unprecedented since the 1970s. Muslim voters turned against Mahinda, because of the expose that he was tacitly backing hard-line Buddhist groups.

The present Government has the support of only half of the Sinhala population, relying instead on the near-total backing of the Tamil and Muslim populations on the island. Both of which came out to vote in unprecedented strength during the 2015 polls thus chopping off Mahinda.

Still the pro-Mahinda group believes, during the next round, Sinhala voters are likely to return to Mahinda, mainly because of a reaction to the consolidation of the minority (Tamil and Muslim) peacefully in the country as voters against him! The era of the strongman of Sri Lankan politics seems to be on the return.

(Ceylon Today)

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