Time for vigilance
Soon it will be election time once again. Whatever its
nature, a national election attracts international attention.
On one hand, there are those forces that have delegated
themselves the role of international monitors and probe into
every incident in the campaign with microscopic detail. They are
fed by a new type of fifth column embedded in the NGO sector
that is not so discreet in its activities. They have also
yardsticks to measure our performance. However, they do not
apply the same yardsticks to their own societies.
On the other hand, one could also expect some open collusion
between certain Opposition elements and those external forces
and agencies that are bent on destabilizing the country.
There are also many instances in which certain Western powers
openly intervened to influence the outcome of national elections
in Third World countries. In some countries such as Venezuela,
Chile, El Salvador, political parties were openly funded to oust
popular governments or prevent the possible victory of political
parties that were not pro-Western and subservient to them.
One could also find examples of such intervention by covert
or overt means from our history too. It is only necessary to
recall the developments following the nationalization of foreign
monopoly concerns that were distributing petroleum in the
It is necessary to be vigilant about such dangers.
It is no secret that certain powers are not happy with the
way the three-decade-old conflict ended. Perhaps some of them
would have had an interest in prolonging the conflict. The many
attempts to put Sri Lanka in the dock for alleged human rights
violations are an indication of that displeasure and that
Another cause for displeasure would have been the fact that
Sri Lanka could overcome all such attempts to humiliate her with
the assistance of an overwhelming majority of nations. The fact
that countries such as China, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela were
foremost amongst such friends besides India could also be
another thorn in their flesh.
To put it in other words, those powers that held global
hegemony are irritated by the articulately independent foreign
policy pursued by the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration. Perhaps
it may be due to the fact that certain administrations that
preceded it were always willing to obey the hegemonic powers due
to ideological reasons or were too weak to assert independence.
It is nothing but natural for such external powers to favour
those who are on the same wave length and punish others.
As far as the country is concerned, its foreign policy should
be friendship with all while strongly asserting our national
interest. This is what the present administration has done. This
could be seen best when one peruses the Western media or those
local political columns that openly show disapproval of our
Mischievous attempts are also made to vilify China, one of
our best friends and also drive a wedge between China and our
closest neighbour and friend India. They want to hide the fact
that India and China have been inching closer and are entering a
new period of mutual cooperation in many fields including joint
attempts at international economic and political fora.
The best way to thwart all such attempts to threaten the
independence and sovereignty of the land is to forge the widest
unity among the people. It is such unity that could ensure the
defence of territorial integrity and the continuation of the
development drive that has just begun.
Highest common factor
What do some businessmen, Police officers, high
ranking Army officers, devil dancers and persons in robes have
in common? Greed and an inclination to become rich instantly. A
perusal of recent and not so recent media reports revealed that
all of them were caught on various occasions in treasure hunting
or digging for buried treasures in temple grounds and other
Stringent laws must be enacted to impose severe punishment on
these treasure hunters. They not only desecrate sacred places
but also deprive the nation of valuable historical artifacts and
archeologically important findings.
In most instances it is the vigilant public that led to the
arrest of the offenders. It is sad that some law enforcement
officers were also lured to join in such treasure hunting.