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Balachandran has an axe to grind……

Charles Perera

P.K.Balachandran’s report in the Hindustan Times, “ Lanka's Oppn agree on peace process”, is food for thought. I thought at one time that he was an objective reporter who gets his facts from different players in the Sri Lankan Political Scene. But recent reports of his lacked that independence and one almost thought that he was taking sides. His report about Ranil Wickramasinghe’s meeting with the Indian Prime Minister was reported as he was privy to all the discussions, that went on between the two political figures. If it is the truth, the sincerity of the Indian leaders are questionable. The way Balachandran paints the Indian leaders as they spoke to Ranil, one would feel that it is better to be with the unreliable Norwegians rather than with Indian Mediators.

But it may be that Balachandran’s report was prompted by some interested party , who wanted a report favourable both to UNP and LTTE. He brings in Chandrika Kumaratunga to say, “….Kumaratunga had contacted Wickremesinghe and made proposals for collaboration to keep the JVP at bay, but to no avail. And yet, hopes of collaboration are alive. Political sources say that a challenge from a new political quarter like the JVP and the Buddhist monks'party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), may eventually force the two parties to collaborate.”

Balachandran adds, “………But at the same time, the two( Ranil and Chandrika), have a vital common interest in keeping the belligerently Sinhala nationalist and ultra leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) out of the corridors of power….”

For lot of people who is alien to our national culture, that includes the UNP who had always been a stranger to the aspirations of the ordinary masses, the greatest stumbling block in the present day Sri Lankan politics is the JVP and the JHU. But it is better that they put it well into their heads, that these two parties take the central place in the minds of the people who look forward to a free United Sri Lanka of the future, where all the communities could live happily together.



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