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KARUNA, MAHINDAPALA, RANIL AND PREMADASA

By Shyamon Jayasinghe, Melbourne

The lead story in your columns today reports a statement by Karuna, which revealed the treacherous act by President Premadasa in giving arms to the LTTE in order to get rid of the Indian army. We knew this story all along, although this particular one comes from the horse’s mouth as it were. One cannot think of a more treacherous act in the twenty-year history of the conflict. It was clear that had the Indian army continued to remain a few more years in Lankan soil Pirahaparan and the LTTE would have been vanquished for ever, and the game would have been over.

In this context, I fail to understand the virulent and vile criticism by your columnist Mr. Mahindapala of our former prime minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe.. If Mahindapala is honest about his principles, he should never ever have worked for Premadasa by accepting the appointment of editor Sunday Observer and writing continuously in praise of the former president. Has Ranil done anything worse than Premadasa?

I deliberately employ the term ‘vile’ because Mr. Mahindapala has even made innuendos about Ranil’s alleged sexual preferences. As someone who had held a responsible position like Mahindapala did in Sri Lanka, he should not indulge in this kind of very personal attack and slander. In advanced Western countries like where I live, people don’t make an issue about anybody being gay. Often, most persons who are gay are helpless about this. Gay rulers can be much more moral than, say, Bill Clinton was. Even if Ranil is gay, that has no relevance to our assessment of him in governance. Such an allegation would be relevant if one were to assess a person holding the position of Archbishop, for example

One can extend the argument and ask: “Has Ranil done anything more than what the current president has been doing in tackling the LTTE?” The answer is a clear “no”, subject to the observation that Ranil was more decisive. This alone seems to suggest that what Ranil did then and what the current president is doing now are in many ways inevitable, in the present context. Whatever the truth of that may be, I think it is fair to expect from writers like Mahindapala that they stick to an acceptable code of conduct. I think Lankaweb readers deserve more.


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