In 2002 November JVP backed Inter University Student Federation brutally assassinated a young undergraduate called Samantha of Sri Jayawardenapura University by hitting him on head with a computer monitor.
This article was written at that time.
However, it is still appropriate as the same people who were responsible for this murder now come as Upaasaka Mahattayaas to preach us democracy.
ILL MAHA MARUWO
By a strange coincidence, the funeral of Samantha Vithanage, the 23 year old third year student of Sri Jayawardenapura University, who was inhumanly assassinated by the JVP backed Inter-University Student Federation goons, fell on the same day the JVP selected to honour their past `heroes` including the founder of the party, Wijeweera sahodaraya. The JVP, which never lacked the ability to create attractive slogans in vernacular, has named this commemorative function as `Ill Maha Viruvo!` You are forgiven for thinking that there is a typo in this catchphrase. Yes, it should have been `Ill Maha Maruvo!` ? as undoubtedly that is what they really are!
Adding more to coincidences, the Sinhala movie `Salelu Varama` by the veteran film director Wasantha Obesekera, screened right now in Colombo, portraits how an undergraduate stabs his ex-girl friend within the university premises. However, Obeysekera`s cinematic creation is no match for the cold-blooded brutality of the drama that took place at the Sri Jayawardenapura University premises. That was not a random event. That was not a murder done on rant and rave. The hunters were carefully prepared with their `weapons`, including bed poles fitted with nails. The innocent students, including Samantha, never had any form of defence. The assailants have clubbed the victims even after the latter lost consciousness and even while they were being taken to the hospital.
Does this incident bring a sense of `deja-vu`? Quite probably. That is, if you have been living in Sri Lankan during the period of 1987-89.
To refresh your memory a bit, the forerunner to 1987-89 JVP bheeshanaya was the assassination of the student leader Daya Pathirana by the goons of Samajavadi Shishya Peramuna, the student arm of the JVP. Daya Pathirana too was murdered in the most brutal manner, by denuding and beating him. That was only the beginning of a long series of equally atrocious killings varying from those of Vijaya Kumaranatunge to Prof. Stanley Wijesundara and from Thewis Guruge and Premakeethy de Alwis to Prof. Patuvatavithane. That was the beginning of one of the most horrifying periods of the Sri Lankan history, which a contemporary Sinhalese writer correctly termed as a `Bheema Samaya`. It`s pointless attempting to describe this period. No words can do justice to the agony the whole country went through.
It is surprising what a period of thirteen years can do to our memories. Today we see the jovial face of Wijeweera sahodaraya on posters all over the town, giving us `what a good boy I am` smile, while we have entirely forgotten the real hero who brought back the lost freedom of ours (and paid the supreme sacrifice from his life) ? a great man called Ranjan Wijeratne. The ungrateful nation conducts no commemorative functions for this brave officer cum gentleman.
It is surprising how even the present day rulers seemed to have forgotten about the diabolic past of the JVP. The true nature of these people, is hidden in the wise words of one of their own leaders. President Jayawardena, could not be more correct when he called them `murugayo` (the wild beasts). How appropriate! Can anyone ever think of a better term?
It is also surprising why the government allows JVP to portray criminals like Wijeweera sahodaraya as heroes, thereby endorsing the terror culture he created not once, but twice before.
Wijeweera sahodaraya was hardly a hero ? not even by his own terms. When his cadres were fighting a game between life and death what this so-called proletarian leader did was to disguise as an estate owner to spend a life full of super luxuries. He had no qualms in lavishly using the services of some `sahodarayas` and `sahodarees` as his full time servants. Four out of his six children were born during this four years of captivity! Perhaps breeding was the only constructive activity he carried out during this period. (Why Wijeweera sahodaraya has given such a high priority to reproductive activities is a mystery we will never be able to solve. Probably, he wanted relieve the pressures of masterminding the great proletarian revolution or he just might have thought using petit bourgeois tools like condoms does not suit for an unrivaled working class leader like himself.)
If you have a lucid memory, even thirteen long years later, the smiling face of that `bigger than life` leader will give you a shock. You may even be amused to watch how successfully the JVP has now got into the sheep`s clothes. The present JVP leaders now appear more like `upasaka mahattayas` observed `ata-sil` on a poya day. Still it is worth remembering what lies beneath this innocuous sheep`s clothes is a ferocious wolf ready to attack. This wolf has sharp teeth, which can penetrate deep into the flesh of the nation.
We are a nation, which has undergone enough calamities. At this crucial moment, while waiting in the threshold of a peaceful Lanka, the last thing we need is another JVP tyranny. There is no way we can allow the same mistake to happen for the third time.