The Sri Lankan voter has to believe in relative merits.
There isn’t much need to argue about the pros and cons of change.
Now, they can start a post mortem on the wreck that is the result.
That’s just a joke, but despite how people react to the change that resulted in May, this much is certain.
There is no real chance that any other ‘opposition’ stands at the moment, of mounting any respectable showing. Things would not change so fast that this situation would see a quick turnaround
Nobody is quite happy except those who have directly benefited from the new dispensation.
Nobody could possibly deny that there is no change for the better of any substantial kind, and that the political shenanigans are catapulting the situation from tragedy to farce.
However, an election is on the cards. It may happen sooner rather than later, but it has to happen before April of next year and that is unavoidable.
Those who opted for change, have a clear choice now.
Which means it boils down to choosing between the lesser of two evils.
This is harder than some people may surmise.
In most other countries, voters opt to ignore the polls, but indifference is not the strong suit of Sri Lankans.
That’s paying them a compliment.
But when there is a clear choice, choosing between the lesser of two evils is made much easier.
Both contending parties would be known at the next poll.
There is hardly any doubt that whenever it happens the poll outing would turn out to be between the UNP and the Mahinda Rajapaksa opposition.
There is no real chance that any other ‘opposition” stands at the moment, of mounting any respectable showing. Things would not change so fast that this situation would see a quick turnaround.
The choice people might face would be Mahinda Rajapaksa, or the United National Party.
So, what do we have here?
But, those who think that it is Mahinda Rajapaksa that wants to stage a comeback, should disabuse themselves of this notion immediately.
It’s not surprising that his political opponents accuse him of being unwilling to die his ‘political natural death.’
For what it’s worth, they must be told that wishful thinking is just that — wishful thinking.
Mahinda Rajapaksa may be tired, fed up with what he perceives perhaps as ingratitude, and wants to ride into the sunset.
But, the people wouldn’t let him. Indubitably that type of assertion may bring on sneers from those who see themselves as the enlightened liberal elite.
These London-Colombo-Paris boys have had their fifteen minutes, thanks. People are already jaded of the ‘good tidings’ they brought along with their bromides.
They have taken a massive hit in the credibly department. (Beside, who cared about this brand of nutters in the first place?).
The fact is that hundreds of thousands of people are scandalized by the fact that a pro Sinhala leader who was known for not compromising the interests of the majority community, has been sent packing home.
The Sinhalese feel rudderless, let down, and down on their luck.
If that sounds communal to some people, let them take a reality check.
It’s because this is about reality and not even remotely about what may be perceived as right or wrong.
The Government may do a lot of things to live down that image, but it is impossible to shake off the inconvenient appellation of ‘traitor’ or seller of the interests of the majority community to highest bidder.
Some may say that this is the usual Nationalist harangue. They are entitled to their opinions.
But if they have a problem with what people think, they might have to try their hand at something more than politics.
May be psychiatry, psychology or what is simply called mind-control could be recommended.
Besides, the Mahinda movement is not amenable to the usual manipulations.
It is not a media networked political force that is hankering for change, ironically, a la ‘we-are-sick-of-change.’
Watch Chandrika Kumaratunge, or at least watch her mouth.
That may be difficult, but for those now have the eyes and stomach for it, here is what she said at a SLFP Balamandalaya meeting recently:
‘Ape pakshaya dekata kedilla, hanganna deyak nehe’ she offered, about the SLFP.
(For the embassy Information Specialists, the translation is, ‘there is no hiding it. The SLFP is divided right down the middle now.)
She may be given full marks for being self effacing, but who does she have to blame for this state of affairs?
She might want to look in the mirror, and ask herself, who is the most truthful of them all?
Why, she is. The average SLFPer will take that to heart. Yes, the SLFP is divided, and who is responsible for that howdido?
What if the party was left alone, before the 2015 January election?
You know what I mean.
That may have meant that their most hated political foe would have been back.
But, would that have been a fate worse than their breaking up the SLFP?
To this day, I’m sure they would, at least privately, tell themselves that yes, of course, that’s right. That would have been worse!
It is better to have seen the back of Mahinda, at least for a day, and if the price for that must be the destruction of the SLFP, so be it, Chandrika must be telling herself, wherever that mirror hangs on the wall.
She is entitled to her views, in this five star democracy of ours, but she won’t have much chance of getting most folk, and most importantly SLFPers around to appreciating her line of thinking.
People are not simpletons. It’s true Chandrika thinks she can sell any untruth, because she fancies herself as the political animal who has the feudally inherited capability of duping the masses each time she adjusts her sari potaShe may be proud of this fact, but how does she answer to average SLFPers whose thinking may go something like this:
Our party was in power.
(Need I say that’s everything for most supporters in our kind of political culture.)
Now we are essentially in the wilderness. We have helped, in addition, to get our sworn political enemies, the UNP, into the seats of power. We are now in danger of as a result of a long term SLFP split, forfeiting our chances for some time to come. Was this necessary?
Are we joking? It was as necessary as a fanged Tiger let loose at the year’s most popular wedding.? Are we suicidal clowns, or what?
Nobody needs any special lessons on these types of things. Why is he even writing this, some folk may ask? Isn’t all this so wildly obvious?
Of course it is obvious. Except in this country, some people enjoy pretending the obvious is some kind of Kafkaesque narrative that has to be unravelled and eaten, may be …
Nice try, but if your want a psychedelic experience, don’t come to this space; I specialize in the truth!