Snap polls, death penalty on hold

  • 10 Jan 2007 12:21:48 GMT

    Wasn`t president Rajapaksa once a defender of human rights? And now he wants to implement the death penalty. When it happends, that day will be a dark chapter of the history of Lanka. Wonder what Buddha would say if he were alive? Anyway, the death penalty can never be justified. It seems as Sri Lanka want to stay with the less progressive countries in this matter, while the majority of the world go forward and abolishes the death penalty.

  • 10 Jan 2007 12:39:32 GMT



    What about you prediction, in another thread, that there will be an election within the year?. How are you updated now? ]

    Kiyannaa kese keevath asannaa sihi buddhiyen asiya yuthuya.

    Neither UNP nor JVP will support the 2007 Nov budget. (for entirely different reasons.) MR is heading a minority govt. Does he have any other option than going for an election?


  • 10 Jan 2007 15:38:34 GMT

    The Death Penalty will never be brought back in SL because politically politicians would face a set back as murderous criminals are the back bone of most politicians when it comes to election time.

  • 10 Jan 2007 20:31:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka is preparing for a major war if not fighting a major war, and to go for an election under the current circumstances will have positive and negative impact on all the participating parties gaining`s. The decision by JVP to leave the government`s side also will have it`s consequences and the next election will show how right or wrong that decision was.

  • 11 Jan 2007 03:18:25 GMT


    The JVP leaving the Govt will hardly have an effect as already the country has seen what the JVP commands. At the last LG polls the JVP peformance was dismal to say the least. The JVP which predicted control of at least 12 LG authorities ended up with securing only the Tissamaharama PS. MR saw the opportunity and sidelined them and now he virtually has the UNP also in his bandwagon.

    The future in the country however is very likely to be chaotic as MR is interested in only being in power while the UNP too is interested in the perks and powers of office. As for the well being and the interests of the nation; hardly any political party is doing genuine work in that regard!

  • 11 Jan 2007 03:24:34 GMT

    [Commenting on the implementing of the death penalty, the President said `Ours is a country where there are protests even if we try to kill a dog. Implementing the death penalty, is therefore something that we have to do, after weighing the pros and cons, carefully]

    I believe that the `death penalty` issue must go to a referendum.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 11 Jan 2007 12:17:01 GMT

    MR will not make a decision on death penalty.

    Why ?

    He never make any decisons. and never made any decsion for last 2 years.

    even passed the ethnic problem to APRC.

    MR is like Narasimha Rao, those politicians who never make decisions.

    so called passive leaders....

  • 11 Jan 2007 12:39:45 GMT


    [MR is like Narasimha Rao, those politicians who never make decisions.

    so called passive leaders....]

    Hey, you are dead WRONG in saying this. Narsimha Rao, took some of the best and most critical decisions in the recent Indian history.

    First it was he who brought Dr. Manmohan Singh, one of the most brilliant economists and a former governor of Reserve Bank of India to mainstream politics by offering the latter the post of Finance Minister. One of the best decisions. Right man at the right time.

    Secondly, though it was Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram who pushed the proposals, it was Narsimha Rao who took the final decision about the market reforms in 1992. That was the single crucial point changed the history of modern India. It is thanks to Rao India had achieved so much of economic development today. (8-9% growth rate against typical 2-3% growth rates for 50 years time) Otherwise India still would have been struggling, with a per capita GDP of less than USD 300.

    You should have read `India Unbound` by Gurucharan Das.

    Das explaines nicely minute by minute how Narsimha Rao took that crucial decision. How Manmohan Singh and Chdambaram waited in the verandah of his house till he took bath, how he came out wearing a new vetti, after a true Brahmin and how he gave his consent to the proposals.

    Of course Narsimha Rao had no need to cry for popularity. That is why nobody knows the criticality of the decisions he took.

    BTW, if I remember correctly Narsimha Rao was the Foreign Minister when Indo Lanka pact was signed. Right or wrong is a different question, but nobody could question the criticality of that decision.

    Rao has never been a passive leader, though people saw him like that. He was a very active character in Indian politics.

    Comparing Narsimha Rao with our own Motta Raala is the biggest insult one can do to the former.


  • 11 Jan 2007 13:08:40 GMT


    I did not mean to despise Narasimha Rao.

    This is Narasimha Rao`s own words.

    # `When I don`t make a decision, it`s not that I don`t think about it. I think about it and make a decision not to make a decision.`

    # `Inaction is also action.`


    My feeling is the economic development credit goes Manmohan Singh, the Finance minister for implementng the reforms.

    Let`s leave Narasimha Rao alone.

    But Motta Rala is a passive leader, for sure.