07 August 2020
Have Lankans voted for Chinese Rule?
Yesterday, I highlighted the following:
[Will get 2/3 majority created in parliament if not at polls: PM] and linked it as follows:
[I felt that the message I sent on 04 August, under the Subject heading ‘UNP Had 96% Approval’ had reached the true seeker.]
Yesterday some – including journalists, indicated that they interpreted it as the kind of ‘quid-pro-quo’ manipulation that happened in Parliament during the 2018 Constitutional Crisis. Each would interpret as per their ‘home-group ’ structure. But then between 2018 and 2020, we have had the 2019 Presidential elections and observed subsequent policy level differences which Dr Dayan Jayatilleka also highlights as follows:
length by this newspaper in 2013, I stated (in response to a question posed by
Chamitha Kuruppu) that: “…there has been an intra-regime change. The centre of
gravity is shifting from the pragmatic populism of Mahinda Rajapaksa to a
harder, harsher neo-conservatism which is more visibly represented by Gotabaya
Rajapaksa… ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ is in danger; it is increasingly overshadowed or
overtaken by the ‘Gota Chinthana’…Sri Lanka cannot successfully manage
relations with its minorities and also with the neighbourhood and the world as
a whole with a bunker mentality.” (‘We are on the road to losing the peace’,
Daily FT, Friday 10 May 2013, pp. 11, 15)
This election will show how far that process has
gone towards irreversible completion.] – Daily FT 05 August 2020 – ‘The real story of 19A and the executive presidency’
My 96% approval message also referred to the passage of the 19th Amendment. I am largely unaffected by individual personalities and therefore am more focused on the issue itself. One who believes sees both sides as her/himself. I highlighted the value of belief trough the Appendix to my article of 29 July 2020 - headed ‘Cultural Borders & Sovereignty -’. This Appendix was published by eLanka newspaper, the following day. That Appendix shares the ‘Mango Legend’ which is about the Separation of Powers between Ganesh the elder brother and Murugan the younger brother. Ganesh represents Autocracy and Murugan represents Democracy.
By position, younger brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the senior of the two Rajapaksa brothers. We in Northern Sri Lanka had the parallel situation in 2013 when Mr Sumanthiran by virtue of longer period in Politics became senior to former Justice - Mr CV Wigneswaran within the leading Tamil Political group. The above legend is about diversity in structure which happens naturally due to time. When one or the other does not change – they separate naturally. The way to intellectual win is different to the pathway to business / economic win. When the two are separated one cannot measure their successes through the same yardstick. I shared my mind as follows with a member of the Tamil Diaspora (TD) who supports Mr CV Wigneswaran :
TD: Sent the Jaffna list of election wins
Gaja: ITAK leads unless the others get together to form Opposition
TD: The curse of our community is that we have seven members from Jaffna and when they sit in the parliament they will be seated like ‘Navagraha’. In the Hindu temple - one won’t face the other. What is consoling here is at least we have one genuine person to talk about our problems - that is CVW.