3.5 C
London
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Gotabaya’s assurance to the Sinhala Buddhists – Dr. Kumaravadivel Guruparan

The President delivered his one year in office statement yesterday.

He urged the Sinhalese that their existential fears should not be a matter of concern anymore given that he is in office:

It is no secret that the majority who voted for me then were Sinhalese. They rallied because they had legitimate fears that the Sinhala race, our religion, national resources and the heritage would be threatened with destruction in the face of various local and foreign forces and ideologies that support separatism, extremism and terrorism.

The main appeal made by the people to me was to ‘protect the country’.
During this short period of time we have taken steps to ensure the security of the country as requested by the people. The public should not have apprehensions on this issue any longer.

This is an extraordinary articulation owing to:

a) his admission that he was voted almost exclusively into power by the Sinhalese
b) his admission that he got this vote because of their perceived insecurities (which of course he thinks were genuine).
and then he goes on to quite importantly articulate that they should not have any apprehensions about this any longer as he has taken care of these issues.

Now, this ‘assurance’ is welcome if it means the President is telling his base (Sinhala Buddhists) that there is no need to get agitated anymore about the country being robbed from them.

It is welcome if it means that his regime has moved away and will not listen further to those who wish to conduct politics on the perceived fears of the majority

But the President will have to answer the question of whether he intends to continue with taking these ‘steps’ that he says have been taken.

Is this done or is this is a continuing reassurance that he must continue to keep giving, to keep the majority of the country appeased?

Meaning does he have to keep reassuring to his base that these things have been taking care of.

If yes, and I am afraid it’s a yes, the intense Sinhala Buddhist militarisation of the State, trampling of civil rights and liberties will continue.

It will continue because in case he is not able to deliver on his vistas for splendour or prosperity — or whatever it is called, he will have to fall back on the insecurities of the majority to remain in power.

(rkguruparan.medium.com)

 

Archive

Latest news

CPPR submits an urgent appeal on the situation of prisons in Sri Lanka to UN Special Rapporteurs.

Image: A  leaked photo of killings at the  Maraha prison. In a submission to Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment...

Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

Sri Lanka: Mahara prison killings must be properly investigated and urgent measures taken to protect detainees from COVID-19 – ICJ

The ICJ today ( 2 Dec 2020) called upon the Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the events...

Sri Lanka: Tamil journalist arrested for social media posts

A Tamil journalist locally known as Gokulan, affiliated with Battinews.com was arrested by the Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on November 29 for posting pictures on his...

Related news

CPPR submits an urgent appeal on the situation of prisons in Sri Lanka to UN Special Rapporteurs.

Image: A  leaked photo of killings at the  Maraha prison. In a submission to Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment...

Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

Sri Lanka: Mahara prison killings must be properly investigated and urgent measures taken to protect detainees from COVID-19 – ICJ

The ICJ today ( 2 Dec 2020) called upon the Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the events...

Sri Lanka: Tamil journalist arrested for social media posts

A Tamil journalist locally known as Gokulan, affiliated with Battinews.com was arrested by the Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on November 29 for posting pictures on his...