after victory and things beginning to go awry
My Dear Mahinda maama,
I thought I must write to you because just when you seemed to be
settling in to your job, the going has got tough, and all so suddenly
It is hard to imagine that it was just over the last two months
that everything seemed to be going just right for you: the Tigers
were talking to you in Geneva, the local government elections were
a landslide, there were more UNPers willing to cross over than you
could take, Satellite was in far away England, Anura was singing
your praises and the only bothersome factor was an occasional comment
from a rathu sahodaraya complaining about this, that or the other…
how quickly that has changed, Mahinda maama? The ceasefire is off
for all intents and purposes, there are pregnant suicide bombers
roaming the streets, a claymore mine claims a half a dozen lives
every day, everyone expects war to break out tomorrow and fuel prices
and bus fares are also on the rise, just to make life difficult
for you at the top…
course, you can't blame Velu for all this either. It was he who
decided that you should win by barring all those voters in the North
and East from going to the polls in November, so he must have thought
that you were a better bet than the Green Man, as far as he was
concerned. And, to be fair he did inform all of us that his patience
was running out, when he delivered his birthday speech last year.
Mahinda maama, at the same time it is now your responsibility to
see that matters don't get any worse from here onwards. After all,
the presidency may have changed hands, but we are reminded of the
saying 'the more things change, the more they stay the same' because
officially at least, the ceasefire is still on, Solheim and the
Norwegians are still the brokers and no one even talks of a unitary
state anymore! So, while all your promises with which you seduced
voters at the election remain unfulfilled, the threat of war is
also looming large.
is not to say that the masses have suddenly turned against you,
Mahinda maama. In fact, many still think that by ordering retaliatory
strikes after the attack on the Army commander, you have sent a
clear and simple message to Velu that fire will be met with fire,
a decision that the Green Man may not have taken.
Mahinda maama, if you would take a piece of advice on these matters,
a good practice would be to put your house in order at least in
the South so that people respect you for what you do and I'm afraid
that is not happening.
have cabinet ministers openly flouting your instructions about overseas
trips, others are allegedly implicated in visa scandals, the prisons
have turned into luxury hotels for some and the government can't
even get an examination paper marked correctly-and nothing is apparently
being done about any of these issues.
then, just when we all thought you were behaving like a good democrat,
you also throw caution to the winds and take it upon yourself to
appoint those commissions responsible for the most important services
in the county, a sure sign that absolute power can lead to many
problems in the near future.
Very soon, especially if war breaks out and the cost of living spirals
all these issues will be laid at your doorstep, Mahinda maama and
people will begin to blame you for all our problems. So, you will
need to be careful in what you say and what you do just to make
sure that you at least fare better than your immediate predecessor
-- which is not asking for much, anyway!
PS: Of course, if you want to look at the brighter side of the picture,
you can always remind yourself that the Green Man is still the leader
of the Greens and the Leader of the Opposition and that while that
remains so, there is no real need to worry about your job security.