Until 2006, there have been number of people ruling our country whereas it was one supreme self appointed leader in the enemy side in the North. The leaders in the south had many issues to tackle, but Piripaharan had one mission and it is to defend their Ealam territory by military means. When it comes to elections, people in the south were divided in different political ideologies and their focus was often diverted from the core burning issue of terrorism by those who strategically manipulating the media.
The political front of Ealam seperatism
Once LTTE got hold the full control of North and Eastern provinces in the post Indo-Lanka peace accord era, LTTE had very little effort in military front. Their next main focus was to inroad into politics in South and to convert their military victories into political means. They were ably supported by the international community which was completely misled by pro separatist media campaigns in the Western world.
When the south was burning in 88/89 period due to insurgency by JVP, it was a happy time for the political front of the Ealam to invest in the south. It came with the partnership with international community (selected number of pro separatist nations like UK, Norway and Canada) in the form of INGOs.
The INGO, their media agents and the role of R. Premadasa
President R.Premadasa, being a leader emerged from the common people had good sniff on the back ground activities of LTTE`s political wing and its agents in the South. He directly challenged the post colonial influence by sending then high commissioner for UK, Mr. Gladson back home. Then he ordered full inquiry into the activities of INGOs.
The international political wing of LTTE reacted R. Premadasa by extensively pumping their money into media sector. The result was the surge of vikalpa (alternative) newspapers in the country. One time defeated revolutionists Victor Ivon and Sunanda Deshapriya who had lost their way in the society were selected as key agents and `Rawaya` and `Ukthiya` was busy attacking the R. Premadasa regime. At that time, these so called vikalpa news papers were pretending to be totally in the side of common people and they made image of R. Premadasa as the enemy of the people. Despite their INGO funded media campaigns, R. Premadasa being a tempered politician was too much for them to tackle.
The military and political wings of LTTE always work with a plan to complement each other. It was in this backdrop that LTTE`s military wing took up the terms and assassinated president Premadasa.
Once R. Premadas was assassinated, the political wing took back the precedence in their role and it was their turn to bring a leader who can full fill their aspirations of separatism. Their choice was non other than CBK who had been living in exile with their colonial masters in London for years. The rule of the choice was that inherently opportunistic characters with lack of political leadership are always easier to manipulate with their tone.
While INGO funded Rawaya and Ukthiya was busy promoting mere character CBK, who had not any track record of prior political experience in governing, as queen of peace and whole mark of good governance. On the other side, the military wing cleared the way by killing Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayaka whom LTTE considered as possible threat to the victory of CBK. These two killings not only pave the way for CBK for easy victory, but also it completed the prune of UNP`s leadership and allowing a mere political clown in the name of Ranil Wickramasingha to grab the leadership of UNP. At that time, the people had only to choose one of the lesser evil in the subsequent elections.
The true face of the vikalpa media exposed
Once the political wing of separatists grab the power in the south in the name of CBK, the vikalpa media started showing their true face. They began to implement the next step of their INGO master`s plan and it was selling the separatism in the form of federalism in the south. It was supported within the government by organizing pro separatist campaigns like `Sudu Neluma` and `Thawalama` where Mangala Samaraweera was playing a key role.
Despite large amount of money being pumped in, the papers like `Ukthiya` and `Ravaya` lost their reader base after their pro separatist face is exposed to the general public. Ukthiya news paper was subsequently closed down (after having done their role) and Ravaya is now just keeping the publishing with nominal presence in the society.
The people`s victory in 2006
It is after long time that people got an opportunity to select people`s leader in 2006 and their decision was quite clear and loud. It was a victory against terrorism and separatism. It is amazing to see how things have turned backed in a matter of less than two years. The government clearly identified all the fronts of LTTE terrorism including its political front in the south in the form of INGO funded and directly waged media persons. For the first time, the government started full fledged war against both military and political wings of LTTE.
The armed forces were given full control of tackling the military front of LTTE and they have shown the result by completely liberating the entire Eastern province and seizing the LTTE in limited area in Wanni jungle. It is just a matter of days that LTTE carders start to get suicide themselves in their bunkers itself or surrender because they are under complete seize and there is no supply of arms and ammunitions to them.
Political leadership matters
The military fight against terrorism started not only in the battle field of Mavil Aru, but it was in the mind of the people as well with campaigns to boost the moral of the nation with the theme of `api wenuwen api` (be together for all). The war was once called by then leaders as `the miserable war`, but now it has become the people`s victory against fascist terrorism.
On the other hand president Rajapaksa was successful in uniting the divided Sri Lankan nation. The government is now truly people`s government where nearly half of the UNP MP`s are actively playing ministerial portfolios. The government has got the support of one time pro federalist parties like SLSSP and Sri Lanka Communist Party as well as nationalist parties like JHU and MEP. The predominantly Tamil parties like EPDP and part of TELO is with the government. It`s not only Thondaman`s CWC but all other parties which represent up country Tamil community is supporting the government. Even handful of members from SLMC is with the government. The government has managed to keep meaningful dialog with JVP which is popular for its extreme views as well.
The current challenge from Political wing of separatists
We should not expect that once LTTE is completely defeated by military means, the political front will stop their activities. In fact now, LTTE knows that it is no point trying to smuggle arms and ammunition to Wanni jungle because it all ended up in the bed of Bay of Bengal. So they will completely divert their money pump into political wing in the South in the form of INGOs.
Although the Ukthiya news paper is no longer operating after being exposed their separatist face, the people behind those are still in operation. Now they are not directly exposing their rotten faces, but they are still working in more innovative ways behind the scene targeting different segments in the society. Once paper based pro separatist news mongers are now coming in the form of eNews cyber robots. They will again try to tarnish the people`s leadership and boost the image of mere feeble characters eying for grab the power in the south. In the mean time, LTTE`s military wing will always keep their eagle eye looking for possible weakness to get the lives of national leadership.
It is the obligation of the true patriotic people in the country to unite with the political leadership and military leadership to strengthen the fight against both military wing of separatism in the North and political wing and its beneficiaries in the South.