Don't be a traitor Mangala
TREACHERY: Premadasa had won with great difficulty. He just managed
to scrape through. When the results were pouring in, it was touch and
go. One of the electorates that sealed his victory was Nuwara Eliya.
Gamini had worked tirelessly to ensure Premadsa won the battle. At
that time, no one was interested in the role that Thondaman played in
the gruelling battle.
The credit was given to Gamini, the King of Plantations. Premadasa
was hated by the Colombo based decadent elitists. Lalith was loved by
them. Lalith went to their school of first choice, Royal.
He later boasted that he was the only Minister in Asia, or perhaps in
the whole wide world, who had attended the two best Universities in the
World, Oxford and Harvard.
Lalith won his electorate handsomely. He campaigned for Premadasa
tirelessly and contributed in no small measure to his victory.
When the Commissioner of Elections, Chandrananda de Silva was
delaying the announcement of Premadasa's victory, it was Lalith and
Gamini who stormed the office and almost forced Chandrananda to announce
Such was the unity with which the UNP worked. What was the
contribution that Ranil made? Ranil who? One would ask. He was a
As Ravi Jayewardene hated politics and was instead the architect of
the STF, the unit which turned out to be the most formidable opponents
the terrorists faced in the East, as if to propagate the Jayewardene
dynasty a loser called Ranil Wickremesinghe entered politics.
After Premadasa was installed as the President, and the subsequent
General Elections, there were meetings held at Lalith's residence to
plan the strategy for his victory and make him Number One in Colombo.
There, I was privy to a discussion, where Lalith made certain
comments not very appreciative of the President. He was more interested
in the outcome of the Presidential Election Petition and the
possibilities of Premadasa being unseated.
This profoundly shocked me. Similarly, Gamini was talking to his
henchmen disparagingly about the President and laughing at the manner
Premadasa pronounced English words. Then came his reference to
The old wounds, the old hatreds had surfaced again. Lalith and Gamini
were trying to destabilise the government and unseat him to become
Presidential candidates and win the next elections.
Gamini never addressed Premadasa as Sir or any other appellation. He
never addressed Premadasa as H.E. Though Premdasa was criticised of not
appointing Gamini or Lalith as the Prime Minister, I dare say he was
You cannot have a Prime Minister who is constantly conspiring against
you and who tries to throw you into the dust bin of history and take
over your position. The conspiracies continued until all of them were
killed by the LTTE.
History never repeats, so they say. The greatest lesson in history is
that men never learn from it, Huxley said.
Today we see before our very eyes the Premadasa episode being enacted
again. Mangala and Sripathy were responsible for publishing a newspaper
targeting Mahinda as the leader of the opposition.
Obviously, at the behest of Chandrika, who was determined to push
Mahinda into a hell-hole. Like Premadasa, Mahinda did not have Royal
blood or the right of succession or inheritance to the throne. They both
came from the South.
Both Mangala and Sripathy worked tirelessly to make Mahinda win.
Sripathy did a tremendous job as skilful debater over the TV. Many
UNPers hated his guts for the thoroughly researched presentations which
Ranil's UNP representatives could not refute.
Mahinda won by a narrow margin. Why did Gamini and Lalith or Mangala
and Sripathy work so tirelessly for Premadsa and Mahinda respectively?
The reason is that all of them would be hounded if the opposition
came to power. The skeletons in their cupboards would be exposed.
They would suddenly realise that out of power is out of business,
like the portrait of dead policeman. No one is frightened of a dead
policeman. Possibly everyone would spit at him. Thus, self preservation
was the primary reason.
The same scenario of Premadasa's era was re-enacted. Mangala wanted
to become the Prime Minister.
Like Premadasa, Mahinda appointed Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, a
Chandrika loyalist as Prime Minister. Chandrika trusted him absolutely.
Mahinda would have known that Chandrika was not wrong when she did so.
The discontent was simmering. Everyone expected Mahinda's alliance
with the JVP to falter. But strange things happened.
The war, which was said to be un-winnable, the LTTE which was
supposed to be the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world was
found to be not so deadly, as was told by everyone.
A new Defence Secretary was appointed. Everyone expected Gotabhaya to
fail as others did. Some expected the LTTE to eliminate them.
Even the suicide bombers failed. For the first time the LTTE was
experiencing difficulties in accomplishing their missions. How did this
happen? Had the LTTE become weak, or the forces stronger?
The masses are not fools. They have, with utmost patience, waited to
see the outcome of the war. The deserters are re-joining the ranks. The
youth are queuing up to join the forces.
The soldiers often express their desire to fight for the country as
there is proper leadership.
One classic example was during operation Vakarai, the soldiers were
eating dry ration for two weeks inside the jungle and did not even want
to be relieved of their duties after the mandatory two weeks. They said
they would come back only after the operation was accomplished.
When these unusual things were happening in the East, Mangala made a
statement saying that someone in the South is being abducted every eight
hours. Is this true? What are the reports? Even the LTTE website does
not publish such fancy claims.
This is another method of weakening the Government and strengthening
the LTTE. The LTTE has fought this war for nearly thirty years with the
support of the Opposition in the South.
But yet I cannot recall whether the LTTE got the support of any
government Minister. We have come to a position where these statements,
made by powerful ministers in the Rajapaksa cabinet, have strengthened
the now weakened LTTE.
When the JVP was on a killing spree, there were massive human rights
violations and everyone in the UNP Government stood united against such
onslaughts by local and foreign organisations.
Today Rajapaksa has an unenviable task of defending his Government's
anti-terrorist policies from the enemies within. The LTTE has found a
loyalist and supporter to their cause in the former Foreign Minister.
The people of this country are undergoing untold hardship due to the
high cost of living. But, they remain silent. The city dwellers are
being harassed by constant road blocks and security arrangements. When
this happened in the past there were strikes and people were openly
critical of the Government. But today, the masses are silent. Why?
Whatever the propaganda blitz by the Government or the Opposition,
they know the truth. For the first time after 30 years of LTTE
domination, there is some hope that the Rajapaksa Government is at least
doing one thing correctly and that it is fighting terrorism as true
If anyone in the Government is trying to destabilise the Government,
then he is a traitor not second to the Sinhalese Army Major who worked
with the LTTE. The Major worked for the filthy lucre and the politicians
are working to strengthen their hands at the expense of the nation.
At times of war, every single government in the world has violated
human rights. When Chandrika blatantly abused her authority and
committed atrocious crimes, which were well documented by various human
rights groups, why did not Mangala make statements condemning such acts?
He was a resolute defender of her corruption. Mangala, do you
remember when 'SB' and you got into a vehicle and commanded the
underworld thugs headed by Baddagana Sanjeeva to attack a UNP rally?
Was it in keeping with the human rights that you seem to fervently
uphold now? When a human skull was sent to the editor of a newspaper, to
Kily Maharajah you did not open your lips. When Rohana Kumara, and Kumar
Ponnambalam were killed, why did you not express your displeasure
You and Sripathy defended 'Chandrika' like an Alsatian. Today, there
are no attacks on politicians in the opposite camps. No abductions and
disappearances of any politician. The allegation is quite contrary to
what happened under Chandrika. National security is under severe threat.
There is responsibility not only to thwart the LTTE but to protect
Colombo. Hasn't the Government done it effectively with minor blemishes?
Let us all get together and weaken the LTTE and find a lasting
solution to the Tamil question without pulling the rug under the feet of
Mahinda. History will portray such minions as traitors. Don't be a