beards are not politically correct
By Rajpal Abeynayake
We do not have blood on our hands, the President said, now back
in aggressive mood. You hold hands with someone who has blood on
his hands, what do you get? Blood on your hands. It's a physical
sort of thing. Matter spreads and percolates, and for sure, if you
hold hands with somebody who has blood on their own, you are bound
to end up with crimson palms too. She has something against beards
also these days.
is one of those people the President characterises as having blood
on his hands. He says subsidies are alright, and it is his party
that wants to revamp all the tanks in the rural sector,
The President does not want to go for this tank-campaign inauguration
at all. She has said she is particular busy days and that's before
she left to stare at a new office complex premises for the Sri Lanka
has been told that the SLFP soon will have to build an office, because
an office will be the only thing that the SLFP will have to show
for its existence pretty soon. She needs a new office complex to
find new insults to harangue the JVP with. She probably needs a
new office complex also to evolve a new brand of political science.
good old days, it seems, when she started politics, governments
used to fight an opposition. But who thought bearded politicians
(who are not Muslims) will be turning the country upside down. Who
thought that the government will become the President's chief opposition.
Lalakantha may appear on television aiming his missiles at Ranil
Wickremesinghe but it is Lalakanatha who had a beard, and Ranil
Wickremesinghe who is clean-shaven. Ranil Wickremesinghe is not
only clean-shaven he is also lilywhite. But he is not like Lalkanatha
or Bimal Ratnayake who will argue with the President word for word.
Ranil Wickremesinghe will only finger his blazer and "why did
you do this?" (or that?)
when you have blood on your hands you cannot be so genteel. They
do not have names like Ranil Wickremesinghe either. KD Lalkantha.
It sounds like the name of a hardware store not music at all to
the ears of a President who is the picture of gentility, when she
is not using the colorful language that she picked up those days
at the Attanagalle fish market.Losing to Ranil Wickremesinghe is
one thing. Losing to Lalakantha is different.. That's what the mother
said too when she lost to Premadasa. Losing to J R Jayewardene is
one thing it's a kosher kind of blow. But losing to Premadasa from
Jinthupitiya she never quite recovered from that blow.
these days she is devoting her energies full time to those who wear
read headbands, grow beards and have names that sound like hardware
stores. She must be mooning for the days when those who wore red
bands and beards had names like Bernard Soysa (how very unlike a
hardware store that name) or even Vasudeva Nanayakkara. Can't remember
he complaining of beards at that time.