Sri Lanka Media and Information Minister says: TNA sticks to separatist manifesto

  • 19 Jan 2010 11:14:53 GMT

    Dear PORUTHOTAGE,

    I hope you can remember how we both stood up on different occasions to defend Somawansa Amarasinghe from barrages of multi-barrel attacks by his foes for reasons that were unfounded and untrue. One such unforgettable occasion is the incident he was criticized for stating that the security forces should be disbanded if they fail to protect Sri Lanka`s territorial integrity. That was September 2005 (yes that was when Somawansa was backing Mahinda`s candidacy). I opted to defend Somawansa Amarasinghe as I found it a clear case of misinterpreting and misquoting what he said (if you need some anecdotal evidence please visit: http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2005/9/3735.html).

    Do you know who deliberately misinterpreted his statement? It was none other than former General Officer Commanding Joint Operations Command General Cyril Ranatunga along with former Army Commander General Hamilton Wanasinghe. Do you remember what else they said during that press conference they called to criticize Somawansa Amarasinghe. They said `The whole world is aware that no solution can be found by war`.

    Most importantly, DO YOU KNOW WHERE THESE PEOPLE ARE NOW? They are sitting next to comrade Somawansa on General Sarath Fonseka`s stage.

    Dear Poruthotage, my concerns is not necessarily about people like Somawansa, who has proven beyond reasonable doubt their willingness to sleep with anyone for petty political gains.

    In contrary, my concerns is about individuals like you. How do you justify/ understand or interpret this pathetic decision made by JVP to side with people like Ranil, Ravi, Mangala, Kiriella, Mano Ganeshan, Hakeem, TNA etc. Breaking ranks with Mahinda is one thing, but forgetting 60000 odd cadres who died for a common cause in torture camps ran by UNP goons is clearly another.

    -Muchalinda

    PS: You also said,

    [..this government of Rajapakse brothers and company has super passed all the other governments at unimaginable rate of corruption]

    I, for a moment, do not think this regime as the most corrupt out of all the governments that ruled SL since independence. However, I wonder if your above statement should mean that IT IS ALRIGHT TO SIDE WITH PEOPLE WHO RAN THE MOST BRUTAL REGIME to defeat the regime that is most corrupted. I would rather tolerate a regime that is corrupt than living under a regime that is well known for killing their political opponents.

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  • 19 Jan 2010 13:17:22 GMT

    Dear Mucha-linda,

    Yes, you were correct when you say that we were on the same side to defend the truth. Yes we supported MR to become the president of Sri Lanka in 2005 for clearly defined reasons. However, as we all know that MR has clearly demonstrated his intentions. MR wants to use all the sacrifices made by our heroic soldiers for the benefit of his family and company. MR has no right to hold a presidential election as he had promised to abolish the executive presidency.

    You have misinterpreted what I said. I am not siding with anyone other than SF who has pledged to do the most important things for our nation at this hour. We need democracy first. The main obstacle to the democracy of the country is the executive presidency. It doesn`t matter who support SF because when he becomes the president and implements his program for democracy, no political party will get an unfair advantage.

    Therefore, this election is not about party politics. It is to decide whether you want to take the country further towards the corruption and dictatorship or change the country towards true democracy and good governance. After this election, when SF becomes the last executive president of Sri Lanka after the 26th, he will bring the required democratic changes through the suggested independent commissions of state services, Police, elections and judiciary. There will be a caretaker government comprising all political parties representing the parliament. The next parliamentary election will be held under this caretaker government. Then you can campaign for your own political party as you wish.

    If you disagree to see the UNP,JVP and others on the same stage, you had to disagree to see the SLFP and the JVP on the same stage in 2005 as the SLFP was the first to kill tens of thousands of young people in 1971. We can`t live in the past. Isn`t that a good thing the UNP who introduced the executive presidency has come to the same stage as the JVP who always stood for abolishing it?

    At this moment Tilvin Silva is addressing a huge election rally at Akurassa. SF has just arrived. You can listen to this rally on the net using the following link.

    http://sfoperation.blogsp0t.com

  • 19 Jan 2010 13:41:24 GMT

    Dear Mucha-linda,

    This is the link for live Akurassa meeting. SF is speaking now.

    http://sfoperation.blogsp0t.com

  • 20 Jan 2010 03:30:51 GMT

    [However, as we all know that MR has clearly demonstrated his intentions. MR wants to use all the sacrifices made by our heroic soldiers for the benefit of his family and company.]

    Dear PORUTOTAGE:

    I am not here to justify all the things MR has done. I do have my own criticism about MR and I can rest assured it remained the same when I opted to defend Somawansa Amarasinghe.

    As for your above statement, there is no doubt it was the heroic soldiers who finished LTTE on the banks of Nandikadal. However, most of these soldiers in general, and the Sri Lankan armed forces in particular, remained the same under previous regimes, albeit they never managed to succeed. That is in spite of the fact LTTE was less powerful at the time (you may recall LTTE first launched their aerial attack after Mahinda resumed power). The only difference this time was undoubtedly the political leadership given by Mahinda Rajapakse. I am certainly not undermining Sarath Fonseka`s military expertise. However, I do not consider him as more capable than others like Lt. General Denzil Kobbekaduwa or Maj. General Wijaya Wimalarathne. In contrary, I truly believe that Mahinda Rajapakse is considerably capable compared to others like JR, Premadasa, Chandrika and Ranil as far as fighting LTTE is concerned (IF YOU DISPUTE THIS, PLEASE CLEARLY ADMIT IT).

    To cut a long story short, my argument is Mahinda Rajapakse has all the rights to get credit for annihilating LTTE, given the prevailing political culture. If you insist that Mahinda does not deserve that credit, then please do mind that UNP also does not deserve the credit for those massive infrastructure development projects carried out during the JR regime as they were done mainly by Engineers and labourers. On the other hand, if we are to simply ignore the political leadership, then we should stop blaming UNP for brutally suppressing 1989 uprising, as it was the ground soldiers who tortured and killed JVP cadres, not any of their polit-bureau members.

    [MR has no right to hold a presidential election as he had promised to abolish the executive presidency.]

    I agree that the powers vested on executive presidency need some trimming. However, we should not forget that it was the power of executive presidency that helped Mahinda to successfully wage a military operation against LTTE and that must be the first time during the history of executive presidency the power of that position was used for the betterment of masses. Given that, is it not ironic for JVP to demand Mahinda to abolish executive presidency soon after its powers were used for the benefit of the country for the first time in the history. Besides JVP had no issues when forming a Parivasaya with someone like CBK who broke the promise she made to abolish the executive presidency in broad day light, but they still want Mahinda to honour the promise (Shylock was at least consistent with his demand).

    On the other hand, if you argue that Mahinda has no right to compete for a position that he promised to abolish, then what right JVP has to ask public for a third time in a row to vote for their candidate promising that the said position will definitely be abolished this time.

    [If you disagree to see the UNP, JVP and others on the same stage, you had to disagree to see the SLFP and the JVP on the same stage in 2005 as the SLFP was the first to kill tens of thousands of young people in 1971.]

    1971 is a different kettle of fish altogether. A group of armed people (JVPers) attacked police stations and military establishments around the country and the then government has opted to defend their interests. During that process, thousands of armed JVPers who came to kill government law enforcement and military personnel got killed. Those JVPers who died during 1971 were hardly tortured and hardly any of them were killed having taken out from their homes. In contrary, during 1989, hardly any of the JVPers got killed while actively attacking any government establishments, let alone WHILE armed with any weapons. Almost of all of them were killed having taken away from their homes and after severe torturing. That is just one of the differences between 1971 and 1989 uprisings.

    Apart from that, during 1971, JVP was actively seeking to topple the government through an armed struggle and they were banned because of that. During 1989, JVP was forced to take up arms against an aggressor who banned them for no valid reason. Given the above, it was the SLFP which should have thought twice before siding with JVP and not vise versa.

    [We can`t live in the past.]

    This now seemed to be the official stance of JVP whenever the contradiction between their past and present conduct is pointed out. In any event, my friend, go and tell that to the parents, wives, brothers and sisters of those who got killed during the 1988/89 insurgency supporting JVP to not live in the past.

    [Isn`t that a good thing the UNP who introduced the executive presidency has come to the same stage as the JVP who always stood for abolishing it?]

    If you truly think that UNP has finally decided to side with JVP after REALIZING the vices of the executive presidency, I can only commiserate your innocent way of thinking.

    -Muchalinda

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  • 20 Jan 2010 12:10:05 GMT

    [Mahinda Rajapakse has all the rights to get credit for annihilating LTTE,]

    MR sure needs to be given the credit for giving the political leadership to finish off the LTTE. That is because MR was not afraid to do an all out flattening war killing anyone and everyone in their way.

    MR was not afraid of the West and did not care a dime for human rights. None of the other previous leaders were prepared to go to that extent as they wanted to rule out civillian casualties.

    MR took the bold step of `konaka indan denna suddey` which was the only `kasaaya` to rid the country of the LTTE `waatha amaaruwa`. The typical `gamey chandi` part `deepiyaw kuduwenda` which no doubt worked.

    Civillians get killed in a war situation but they got killed this time around in enormous numbers BUT their deaths are not in vain. They sacrificed their lives for the others to live freely.

    So MR gave this much wanted political leadership and the war ended BUT does that give MR and the Rajapaksa family a free run of the country?????? Does it give MR a right to strengthen his power base by appointing family members to key posts in government and where-ever else he sets his eyes on????? Does it give MR the right to rule the roost in the country according to his whims and fancies??????Does it give MR the right to brand as traitors anyone who opposes MR and his UPFA government????Does it give MR the right to take away democracy from the country???????

  • 21 Jan 2010 01:12:25 GMT

    [So MR gave this much wanted political leadership and the war ended BUT does that give MR and the Rajapaksa family a free run of the country?????? Does it give MR a right to strengthen his power base by appointing family members to key posts in government and where-ever else he sets his eyes on????? Does it give MR the right to rule the roost in the country according to his whims and fancies??????Does it give MR the right to brand as traitors anyone who opposes MR and his UPFA government????Does it give MR the right to take away democracy from the country???????]

    MAGNUM:

    No. I never said MR has a right to do things you mentioned, just because he annihilated LTTE.

    HOWEVER, this is not the first time the family members and friends of presidents were appointed to key positions of this country. JR did that. Premadasa did that. Chandrika did that and Ranil did that (in case of Ranil and Chandrika, they came to politics because of the so called Pawul-waadhaya).

    In contrary, this is the first time a president has done that after annihilating LTTE, an act several successive presidents have miserably failed. Not only that, two of the people Mahinda appointed from the members of his family did an admirable job in annihilating LTTE (namely Gotabhaya and Basil).

    My argument is this. Mahinda is not a saint (but a real gal-aandha, a fact I iterated even when he stood up for the 2005 opresidential election). He too has his virtues and vices. In spite of all his vices, he did successfully put an end to the menace the country has suffered for three decades.

    If we didn`t bother about re-electing people like JR, Premadasa and Chandrika for successive second terms, all of whom not only failed to resolved the terrorist problem, but made it worse in addition to appointing their family members and friends to key government positions, why should we bother about re-electing Mahinda who has at least finished off LTTE for his credit.

    -Muchalinda

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  • 21 Jan 2010 02:58:14 GMT

    [No. I never said MR has a right to do things you mentioned]

    I have not said that you said so, have I????????

    [JR did that. Premadasa did that. Chandrika did that and Ranil did that]

    Did they all do it to the magnitude and level of MR??????? MR has taken family bandysm to new heights never before seen in Sri Lanka and may be in the world!!

    [he did successfully put an end to the menace the country has suffered for three decades.]

    He did not do it alone did he????? Wasn`t it the result of a team effort where all the players did their parts extremely well?????

    [why should we bother about re-electing Mahinda who has at least finished off LTTE for his credit.]

    You do not have to bother re-electing MR neither will I bother. MR or SF, either way the people will be the losers and those elected will be the winners. They will enjoy life while the people will suffer. Why elect rascals to enjoy life when the nation is left to suffer?????

  • 21 Jan 2010 03:36:51 GMT

    [Did they all do it to the magnitude and level of MR??????? MR has taken family bandysm to new heights never before seen in Sri Lanka and may be in the world!!]

    MAGNUM:

    First of all, I do not think he has taken `family bandysm` to new heights. Without disputing that he indeed has appointed his relatives and friends to government position, let me say this so called unprecedented `pawul-waadhaya` is nothing but a media hype. For example, how many occasions have we heard media and opposition politicians criticizing Chandrika Kumaratunge for appointing his uncle as the deputy minister of defense compared to the accusation flattened against Mahinda for appointing Gota as his secretary of defense.

    [He did not do it alone did he?]

    No, he did not do it alone. But he played the key role that mattered most out of all the roles played by the others in the team.

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  • 21 Jan 2010 04:28:14 GMT

    [For example, how many occasions have we heard media and opposition politicians criticizing Chandrika Kumaratunge for appointing his uncle]

    We are not talking about a brother or an uncle being appointed to some key position. What we see is sons, uncles, aunts, brothers, neices,nephews, brothers in law, sisters in law and variuos other members of the entire Rajapaksa family jim band being positioned in key positions all over the country, be it local government, provincial government and central government. That was not seen before.

    I do not have the list with me but on a Rathu Ira TV programme on Swarnavahini a few days ago some politician tharshed out the entire list which was indeed mind boggling and surprisingly was not disputed by the government politician who participated. SO this is why I say MR has taken family bandysm to new heights.

  • 21 Jan 2010 05:14:11 GMT

    MAGNUM:

    Let`s assume that Rajapakse has indeed taken Pawul-waadhaya to new heights. Still he has not done some bad thing that any of his predecessors never attempted. What he has done is mastering what his predecessors have done. That amidst the fact that two of the key appointments he filled played a critical part during our victory over LTTE.

    On the other hand, when it comes to winning the war, none of Mahinda`s predecessors ever bothered about giving the appropriate political leadership to our armed forces. Moreover, they did whatever they can in their capacities to further demoralize our forces (remember those `Kalakanni Yuddhe` remarks by Chandrika). In a lineage like that, Mahinda not only manage to provide the required political leadership, he also managed to emerge victorious.

    In brief, while Mahinda mastered some bad deeds attempted also by his predecessors, he did some thing beneficial to the country that has not even imagined by his predecessors as something achievable.

    Am I going to turn away from someone who led us to achieve something that was considered unachievable by the rest, just because he has also done some bad deeds that has also attempted by the rest, the answer is definitely not.

    MAGNUM, there is no point arguing about this. Let`s wait till 26th.

    -Muchalinda

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