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Gota: Bureaucrat, Soldier Or Politician?

‘One of the reasons Donald Trump won was because people are sick of career politicians delivering rhetoric instead of results. His is a lesson for Sri Lanka to consider’
- Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in a tweet as reported in The Daily Mirror on14/11.

Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan’, is a truism we are reminded of when we read and hear the many accolades now swamping Donald Trump, like the one we quoted above.

To those who played with gusto ‘nationalist’ beats and have been confined to in Sri Lanka’s political wilderness for 22 months thereafter, Donald Trump’s astounding victory has been a shot of adrenalin in the arm or a strong one off the bottle to revive their sagging spirits.

Trump drummed white racist supremacist tunes in his presidential campaign and was backed by even the (KKK) Klu Klux Klan who have been hounding American Blacks since 1860 and are still engaged in that endeavour against all minorities.

And he won the American Presidential election. The American billionaire has kindled hopes of widely disparate forces to anything in American politics let alone Trump’s heretical utterances.


Will history repeat itself?


Now it appears to be the hope of the Rajapaksa faithful that American history will repeat itself in Lanka when the next election comes along.

The Sinhala Jatiya Party – or whatever name it will finally take – comprising leading intellectuals like Wimal Weerawansa and Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapaksa with Prof. G. L. Peiris for academic adornment and the defeated but evergreen Mahinda Rajapaksa as its leader, it is hoped, will do a Donald Trump and sweep elections. Trump qualifies for support of the deep Sinhala South. Didn’t some federalist types smash coconuts at a pooja for Hilary Clinton to win and Trump to lose at some sacred kovil in the North a few days before the American election? Perhaps e-mails were whizzing from Colombo to the Trump HQ in New York of the upsurge of support from the unrecognised Opposition in Colombo!




What intrigued us most was Gota’s revulsion of ‘Career Politicians’ who are ‘capable of delivering rhetoric but not results’. Who in his opinion are these ‘career politicians’? How would he describe his boss, mentor, philosopher and guide brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has done nothing but politics since he entered parliament in 1970, as a career politician?

When he says ‘people are sick of career politicians delivering rhetoric instead of results’, is he referring to Hilary Clinton or his ‘Mahinda Aiya’?

All this raises the question: Who is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa? Ex-military man, ex- bureaucrat, ex-information specialist of sorts, and American cum Sri Lankan citizen or up and coming politician? Didn’t he play hard politics serving as a secretary to two ministries?

Probably he had Donald Trump, the billionaire President-Elect in mind when he tweeted about his revulsion of career politicians. Does Gota have a business of that kind? Not to our knowledge.


Definition of a Lanka politico


A Sri Lankan politician can be defined as: A servant of the people, who had betrayed the people by breaking all pledges given to them before being elected, betraying even the party under whose colours he was elected; acquiring privileges of an abnormal servant such as a bungalow in Colombo 7, free bullet proof luxury vehicle, a platoon of well trained armed bodyguards with vehicles attached, free fuel allowances, subsidized meals in parliament for self and guests, free foreign junkets and other unmentionable favours.

Should a ‘career politician’ reject all that just as much Donald Trump has rejected his presidential salary and said he would accept only one dollar a year. But our politicians, ‘career’ or not, do pocket their pay with allowances – perhaps with only one exception. They regularly vote salary hikes for themselves sinking all political differences for this noble cause.

Getting back to the issue whether Gota is fish or fowl, it should be noted that he came into the public eye only after he returned from America when his brother was elected the President for him to become the Secretary, Minister of Defence. His controversial role as Secretary Defence and being named as ‘war heroes’ with his brother is too well known to be discussed in this essay. He later was the Ministry Secretary for the Environment where he gained the reputation of being a ‘doer’.

That is perhaps why he tweeted his disdain for career politicians who ‘deliver rhetoric and not results’.


Winning the Battle of the Bulge


Gota made Colombo or at least Colombo 7 beautiful. A Colombo 7 descendant of generations of UNPers, fighting the Battle of the Bulge on Gota’s paved ‘walkabouts’ on the race course told us one day at sundown: ‘Anney whatever said about Gota, he is ‘a doer’ no? Look at what he has done to Colombo.

But this is an island of cynics.

Colombo 7 was always beautiful till those defence cum security types built up high walls, hideous structures and put up barricades, etc. Pulling them down and getting war heroes to lay paving stones was no great shakes, a Colombo UNP dude opined.

So, when Gota tweeted his disdain for professional politicians what did it indicate?


Military politicians


Does he want to be a non-professional politician, whatever it means?

Being a former military man he should look at military men who had taken to politics and exercised political power in contemporary times.

There is General Park Chung Hee, the absolute dictator of South Korea (until he was shot by his own Intelligence Chief) and the father of the present president Park Geun Hye; One time ‘Red General’ Chang Kai Shek; Notorious Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines; General Suharto known for his ruthlessness and more for corruption; Pakistani Generals – Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia- ul- Haq. They were known for many things good and bad but were not good for democracy at all.

Gotabhaya in his tweet also reveals a typical political trait: Obfuscation of the real meaning in words used such as: ‘professional politician’ which we have tried to analyse in this essay.

To those desirous of taking to politics the words of the English writer and journalist George Orwell may be of help: Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

16 Comments for “Gota: Bureaucrat, Soldier Or Politician?”

  1. janaka

    Uneducated unhinged filth should be behind bars?

  2. raj

    He could give an explanation on how white van abduction happened when the he was in the previous government. He owes this explanations to Sri Lankans since there are many victims still looking for answers. Why did he not explain the reason for the defeat of Rajapaksas in the last election? If he can give explanation to Trump’s victory, he can give explanation to that too.

  3. raj

    Hilary Clinton said during the election that some of Trump’s supporters are basket of deplorable. Is he in that basket? Many Tamils think he is in that basket in Sri Lanka.

  4. sugath

    This fellow Gota must be cursed for life
    filthy man must pay for his crimes before his filthy death
    curse him and his family an absolute bastard

    • nanda

      You bastard must know who saved this country from Terrorists. You can either be a LTTEer or a mad minded bastard.

  5. Lima


  6. John

    I am very surprised that you included the following people and call them leading intellectuals. The Sinhala Jatiya Party – or whatever name it will finally take – comprising leading intellectuals like Wimal Weerawansa and Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapaksa with Prof. G. L. Peiris. The word intellectuals becomes meaningless with some of those names.

  7. Dr.R.Seneviratne

    Who is Gotabhaya Rajapaksha? Why does the media give him such publicity? He is merely a person who fled to the USA during the JVP insurrection and who was holding a mediocre job until such time his brother became the president. When he returned to Sri Lanka to take up the post as the Defence Secretary, people treated him like a super hero. At present he is just an ordinary citizen of this country and should be treated as such. His over inflated ego which is further enhanced by the local media makes him believe that he will be the next president of Sri Lanka.

  8. Crisantha

    What are the characteristics of a Defence secretary of a country? He should be
    the ultimate authority to safeguard and uphold the law and order of the country
    and hence to have an impeccable character for others to look up to. tragically
    and shamefully the Defence secretary, if we’ll known suspicions are confirmed
    in a court, he may be the biggest criminal Lanka has ever seen. The appointment of Duminda, the drug lord, the criminal , rapist and now a murderer as a minister
    monitoring defence truly showed the worse than gutter standards of Gota to the
    bewilderment of masses signalling the death sentence to the Law and order of
    Lanka. A fox was given a chicken farm!.
    What followed confirmed this trend. Killing of Lasantha, Prageeth, Thajudeen, prison massacre, many white van crimes, assaults on journalists, bumping off known criminals are some. The absolute power meant the guardians of the law- the police and army were turned to a criminal gang- such as DIG Senanayake and many others from the forces were used as killers, not protectors of the law. They were promoted and probably showered with money and luxury in true mafia style.Judiciary was paralised by installing a puppet like Mohan Peiris to cover crimes. When his name could have been engrossed in gold for war victory, now he should await the full force of the law, if it truly delivers the judgements as it should !!

  9. Gota the hero

    Gota is none of anything listed above…………..but he is surely a gas station cashier, thief, murderer, clown, uneducated mutt, organ trafficker, pimp and a fool.

  10. All the morons who criticise Gota here must keep in mind that all the allegations against him so far not proved in a court of law in Srilanka. Yamapalana idiots trying very hard to incriminate him for anything but failed.

    We know why he did migrate to USA. And it is not the JVP insurrection period. He migrate because the politician at the top at that time did not take the necessary action against LTTE at the right time . Politician became decision makers in the war effort and they decide what kind of war materials,ammunition forces need just to make huge commissions. Sattelite was the “Queen of Commission” at that time. Because of her stupid decisions thousand of soldiers perished. Millions worth war materials destroyed. That is the reason he retired after 20 years completion in the Army in 1992.

    And migrated to USA he worked there as a System Intergrator. And he did came to SL after his brother invited him to come and take the Defence Secretary Post. And what happened after that, I don’t need to explain here. The rotten minded buggers in our country never appreciate what he has done to our mother country. There are very easy things some of Srilankan’s very apt to do. Criticise others who work hard and or forward fraud allegations against that kind of people. Because it is a costless exercise. That is why our nation going backwards since 2015.

    • Jamputs

      It is sad that some are blinded to praise this first class crook. Let us take his actions post war period.
      A defence secretary is a person who should uphold the law – but he broke very law in Lanka.
      A defence secretary is some one who should direct to the course of law if it is not done properly- but he supressed every lawful action to supress his crimes.
      A defence secretary is someone who should give leadership to the forces- but he made them a criminal gang as most high profile murders has been done by members of law enforcement.
      A defence secretary is some one who should appoint people who could command respect and honour of the forces – but he not only appointed a murderer, rapist, thug, drug lord to monitor them but also, he appointed any one who is prepared to lick his boots and do dirty jobs for him.
      It is his duty to catch criminals but he became the worst criminal.
      It is his duty to make people to abide the law, but when people caught white van criminals, he made sure that they are released by law enforcement under his command.
      The list could go on for ever!!!!




  12. Sira

    Gota is a champion of freedom who gave freedom to walk the streets. If it wasn’t for this man we would be living under Brabakaren and the terrorist.

  13. Siri Gamlath

    He was a privileged person as his elder brother being the president of the country. Because of that, and only because of that, he was provided with conceivable facility, position and money, resources, political support, international support, local mass support etc, under the sun, to carry on with what he was expected to do! So he could not have any excuses to let down his elder brother any way! It has to be recognised that no other defense secretary, who served the country before gotta, was never provided with the immense lot of resources and facilities thrown at gotta! Given that it is rather incorrect to glorify Gotta to the extent that has being done over the past.

  14. Sameen Jan

    He made sure that SL destroyed the LTTE that was responsible for 100,000 deaths in 30 years of terror.That is who he is.Only LTTE supporters hate him

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