The Sunday Leader

Those That History Will Remember…

The Mahinda Rajapaksa government has invested millions if not billions of rupees in infrastructure development of the war ravaged regions. But that is clearly not enough because the aggrieved Tamil community by and large remains sullen. Their dignity as a people, who have rights in this land dating far back into history, has yet not been restored.

Their basic demands such as the reduction of military presence in their areas of habitation; restoration of land taken over by the government during the 30-year conflict and other demands on devolution of power are yet to be resolved.

On the other hand Sinhala nationalists fear the resurgence of Tamil separatism with the patronage of foreign forces. There are well funded LTTE Diaspora organisations that are promoting not only separatism but also another armed struggle. There is the virulent anti-Sri Lanka hatred spawned by Tamil Nadu politicians who are attempting to sway the Central Indian government to take an anti-Sri Lanka line as it happened in the eighties when Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were prime ministers.

These moves have been generated within Tamil circles here and are resonating in global power centres. The most devastating effect is that Western powers have taken a firm anti-Sri Lanka stand and appear to be with the Tamil separatist forces although they swear that they have not deviated from their anti-terrorist policies or their commitment to a united, sovereign Sri Lanka.

Compounding the Tamil-Sinhala problem is the clash of Sinhala rightists with the Muslims and newly emergent Christian denominations.

These are challenges faced by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in its eighth year in office. In the vacuum for speedy recovery, the issue has gone beyond our shores and is resulting in blatant foreign interference in Sri Lankan affairs. The Tamil problem emerged in the mid-1950s and was passed down the line by successive governments and is now with the Rajapaksa regime. A critical point is being reached as is evident in the deliberations of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

It now becomes the duty of the present administration to resolve the Tamil concerns post war, so that problems created by Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, Western powers and the Tamil Diaspora will cease to exist. The wind will be taken out of the sails of all these opposing forces.

To do this Mahinda Rajapaksa has to be statesmanlike. He cannot please all disparate forces - Bodu Bala Sena, Muslim Organisations, Jathika Hela Urumaya, TNA, Tamil Diaspora, Jayalalithaa, Narendra Modi, the USA, UK and the UN at the same time. What is in the best interests of the nation and its future must remain primary. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the seasoned politician, far more comfortable in his vote bank than any other leader at present, has the capacity to undo many historic wrongs.

Carried out under the pretext of nation and religion by those with vested interests, these wrongs are what will ultimately decide the path President Rajapaksa will take this broken country towards. His is the unique opportunity of ensuring a home for the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims alike.

The privilege of building a nation, which the people of all ethnicities and religions are truly proud to call their home, must not be allowed to pass at this crucial juncture in the history of this country.  The fact remains that these people devoid of petty politics, be they Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim believe in his capacity to do so. His must not be the mistake of failing the people.

The failure of Sri Lankan politicians from the mid-1950s to the present day has been that in resolving the Tamil problem, they had to entertain the Sinhala vote bank at the same time. In attempting to resolve the Tamil issue not only President Rajapaksa but any other leader as well is sure to lose some Sinhala votes as well as Tamil and other minority votes.  A positive feature will be that he will be gaining new votes. Risks have to be taken. But it is such brave leaders that history will remember.

4 Comments for “Those That History Will Remember…”

  1. D.Nimal

    Yes that Sri Lankan President cannot please every body of Local and Foreign power at one time. Since 2009 end of War against LTTE terrorist, West, Tamil-LTTE hidden forces Diaspora, UNHRC, certain pockets of Tamil Nadu political class coupled with continued clout by the LTTE Tamil agenda of War oriented politics in South Asian region. Is unlike for Terrorist politics to return to Sri Lanka. The Indian conditions are more unstable than Sri lanka until Modi came to Power in India.
    But Indian seems to be certain level strong terms of politics in democracy after Modi been to helm of State and governance in Republic of India.
    Due to the UNHRC influence and its negative remains unknown that democracy of peaceful politics also disadvantage in dealing with political turbulences and integrating politics democracy had been undermine by Navi Pilla anti-Sri Lankan Sovereignty stand.
    While of cause due to its institutional defects of UNHRC ,the nation of Sri Lankan strong democratic politics not a health political form.
    This is first time in history that UNO organization had directly involving given the political stagnation by “war crime and human rights” under the banner and that undermine that long-term instability of Democratic member of UNO state since its came into being in 1945.
    In fact President has pushing democratic hands and tools are required to change the status quo. The shadow of the rule of jungle appear in UNHRC and Western Powers is covering and obstacle to become a peaceful solution . Hence as Sri Lankan we cannot simply judge them by democratic standards.
    In case where the South Asian region therefor it doesn’t matter whether the region or country has return to democratic politics or whether it is good in abstract or not. What we really matter is whether the democratic form of politics in Sri lanka as nation are keeping harmony with all nationalities practical needs of Nation. Needless to say that is Democracy, Development and Peace are key base of stability is urgent motto of our politics.
    Instead of return of ‘ War politics and Terrorism of Tamil politics’ what that we should really beware are the labels that UNHRC imposes on Sri Lankan democracy.
    The West and UNHRC had been accustomed to asking for a ‘democratic’ Sri lanka
    guarding against undermine nation sovereignty that’ war crime’ of allegation; that which UNHRC and West having ignoring that anti-democratic politics in Island has its own historical and cultural background.

  2. Antany Peter

    I can’t stand Rajapaksas, do you know why? I have helped the Australian indigenous people in lots of ways, but can’t help to my own people, because of visa restrictions. However, Gota can do whatever he wants, even though he is an American citizen. In what ways this is fair? You call this dirty act as a reconciliation, but we call it discrimination. We will continue to nail you internationally; until you give equal rights to every diaspora as you have given to Gots. Remember, we are well educated and experienced internationally than Gota or your diplomats. We will continue to make you uncomfortable internationally, until you do the right things to Tamils.

  3. Malin

    In Sri Lankan politics, Tamils vote the Tamils, Muslim votes the Muslims but Sinhalese are divided between, SLFP, UNP and other minor parties. That’s the reality.

  4. D.Nimal

    Why deleted my comment any reasons? Are you belivied different views or NOT?

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