Rajapaksa could not have made a more significant observation
after the swearing in of the new Chief Minister and Ministers of
the Western Province when he declared that voters today think
What the President meant was voters today are guided by the
more substantive concerns affecting the Nation rather than
mundane interests affecting their personal well-being or the
flowery speeches of the politicians.
The President said "the thinking of the voters have undergone
a more significant change. They no longer think about
materialistic gains based on election promises by politicians on
the campaign trail when exercising their franchise. Instead,
their thinking is on the lines of elevating the nation before
The recent avalanche of victories achieved by the Government
has borne out this truism. Perhaps for the first time in the
country's post independence history, the voters have taken
cognisance of the macro picture putting aside all other
They have echoed in one voice that the country has to come
first ahead of all other parochial interests. For them, the high
cost of living , road closures body checks are only minor
nuisances to be endured when it was clear that the country was
about to be salvaged from the scourge of terrorism.
Perhaps the only other occasion when the Sri Lankan public
voted en bloc with such national fervour was in the 1956
watershed that ushered in the cultural revolution when it was
clear that the country was going to be swallowed up by Western
interests. On this occasion, it was to save the country from
This shows that despite claims to the contrary the Lankan
voters are a matured lot and are eminently capable of good
judgement in deciding on their priorities. They have proved to
be capable of discernment and distinguishing between the genuine
and the phoney.
In the same way, the voters would not hesitate to deliver a
fitting verdict should the Government stray away from its
mandate. This the President is fully aware of. That is why he
has enjoined the newly elected councillors to do their utmost to
serve the people as a tribute to their new enlightened thinking.
The President said "the UPFA did not make any promises during
its campaign but still the masses kept their faith in us and
approved the path we have taken."
It is clear that national concerns will now supersede all
other considerations with the voters. They have now come to the
stage where election promises by various actors would have
little bearing on the decision unless they have a bearing on the
This trend can only bring about positive results for the
country since all parties in the fray would tailor their
political campaigns based on the national agenda.
In a way, the current military successes have precipitated a
sea of change in the psyche of the country's voting population
to give priority to enthroning national interests at future
hustings. Thus, all future elections will see political parties
and leaders espousing the national cause. It will be left to the
voter only to pick the genuine article among those who profess
It appears that criminality and lawlessness that are taking a
heavy toll on the civilised society has now made inroads to
unspoilt pristine Vanniyela Aththo's landscape as well.
According to media reports Vanniyela Aththo Chief Uru Warige
Vanniyela Aththo and his family members have been threatened
with death by certain anti- social elements engaged in the
felling of timber. A complaint has been made to the Police by
the Vanniyela Aththo Chief and we urge the IGP to leave no stone
unturned to apprehend the culprits.
We say this because the Vanniyela Aththo community is part of
our heritage which should be protected as a national treasure.
Harming them would be amount to destroying all vestiges of our
rich past. The Vanniyela Aththo community which is already
threatened by rapid urbanization and development should be
protected at all costs and their habitat preserved from
destruction and degeneration.
We are certain that President Mahinda Rajapaksa who only
recently met with the Vanniyela Aththo Chief at Temple Trees
would issue the necessary instructions to ensure the Vanniyela
Aththo community is left alone and not harmed in any way.
As mentioned, they are a national treasure that should be
left for posterity. Disturbing the tranquil lifestyles of Sri
Lanka's only known aborigines while driving them to extinction
would destroy the rich chapters of the country's history and