We can have hopes of a few medals at the next Olympics. They are not going to be just bronze or silver but real gold! But, our success is contingent on our ability to select the right people for the task. All these years we have been betting on the wrong horses. We have blundered by sending athletes to the Olympics. This practice has to stop forthwith, if we are to achieve success. The time has come for us to turn to our multi-talented politicians to bring fame to this land. It is they who must be sent to Beijing. Nay, we are not talking about shooting, which our men excel in. They won`t do shooting by way of a sport. They display their shooting skills only during elections. On the other hand, we don`t want a Munich type situation in Beijing with our politicos taking to shooting, do we?
Instead, we must get our politicians to take part in jumping. Their jumping skills are unrivalled, be it high jump, long jump, triple jump or pole vault. Recently, we have seen a fine display of their jumping skills. Yesterday, of those eighteen UNP Reformists who jumped from Sirikotha to the Temple Trees only a few moons ago and got rewarded for their feat, one has jumped back to Sirikotha. Legend has it that near the Diyawanna Oya, once upon a time, a frog beat a cobra. But, today our politicos have beaten all the Diyawanna frogs.
Mr. Edward Gunasekera`s return to the UNP`s fold hasn`t come as a surprise. What does his return signify? He may have come back for fear of losing his parliamentary seat in case of expulsion from the UNP. But, his decision is also said to be consequent to some astrological predictions and the UNP`s propaganda campaign, which is being stepped up in the wake of the Katunayake airbase attack, to have the country believe that the days of the government are numbered. This is the month of April, when, the opponents of President Mahinda Rajapakse have promised a change of government. Some of them claim to have raja yoga (ascendancy indicated in the horoscope), which, they believe, will catapult them to power!
Had the LTTE been able to destroy the fighter jets at Katunayake, perhaps their raja yoga would have begun to take effect last week itself. For, with a diminished air power, the government would have had no way of sustaining the momentum of its on-going military campaign, from which it is deriving a great deal of political mileage. For the so-called April prophecy to come true, military debacles are a necessary condition. All the LTTE offensives, so far launched, have had the objective of wreaking havoc on an unprecedented scale to unsettle the government and effect a regime change.
Last year, on the eve of Vesak, the LTTE tried to sink a troop carrier with over 700 soldiers on board, in vain. It made another abortive attempt to destroy a ship full of troops last August. Had it succeeded in killing so many troops in one fell swoop, it would have been able to create a massive backlash, whose political fallout would have caused the government to crumble.
Parallel to the LTTE`s military campaign, there goes an astrological war at full throttle to demoralise the powers that be. Perhaps, it is the latter that has proved to be more effective in boosting the sagging morale of the Opposition politicians and giving the ruling party members the jitters.
Superstition is said to be the religion of the feeble mind. Politicians may look as hefty as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the eyes of their servile voters but inside they are as hollow as bamboos. Look at the gem studded rings, talismans and charmed threads that they wear. That is an indication of how insecure they feel despite the big noises they make. A former minister, it may be recalled, got into a gunny bag of thala (gingely), stark naked, on the advice of his astrologer and a close ally. Before him, astrologers had had a bigger politico bathed in kiri or milk at midnight. But, neither thala no kiri could prevent their downfall?the kiri man was killed and the thala man thrown out of power! The credulity of politicians is such that astrologers can even get them to take a dip in a cesspit with no questions asked.
So, the jitteriness of some of the Reformists is something to be expected. The raja yoga period of the Opposition top guns is said to last until June or July and astrologers of both sides are likely to go public with their predictions in time to come, the way they did in the run-up to the last Presidential Election. A lady is said to be getting ready to go places on her horoscope this month.
The star-crossed public is in for interesting times!