A new-look Govt and a fresh lease of life
This cat is purring fit to burst. She got the cream, or rather the
country she so loves got the cream: the crème-de-la-crème of a political
solution. Solution to what? Ten years of the rule of the jungle where
might was right and never mind human rights and all that.
What has been won? Freedom from cronyism and family rule; freedom
from corruption and the powerful skimming off the cream by one extended
family and sycophants, leaving thin whey to others.
If you do not agree with this feline, just project your mind to
remand jail. There is kept a man who holidayed in the Waldorf Astoria
munching the best, probably imbibing the most expensive too, and
watching exorbitantly priced pornography videos, all paid for from our
tax monies, all at our expense.
That sort of decadent behaviour is only one degree less evil and
unacceptable than bloody murder - which too seems to have been committed
'officially' in the ten years gone by. We hope justice will be meted out
to all sinners.
To start from the beginning, Menika was determined to watch every
step of the election from her comfortable couch. She went early to vote.
Duty done, she relaxed and slept, ready for the night's vigil. She meant
to sleep till midnight, for it was announced that results would start
trickling in around midnight.
But she did not sleep, rather did she watch the fare dished out by
the stations she usually watches: MTV News First and Sirasa from Stein
Studio, Maharagama. To her surprise the first election result was
announced around 11.20 pm. It was a postal vote and it went to the UPFA.
She recalled how during Mahinda Rajapaksa's rule, results of elections
were withheld until a blue victory could be announced first of all. No
such nonsense this time.
It was interesting to see the previous results marked on a sheet
against the current results and also represented in a model placed on
the ground. Markedly noticeable with glee was that the large blue blocks
were eaten into by green. One sorrow was that the red of the JVP did not
Menika dozed off and on but woke up each time a result was announced.
Her hopes which were always high, dipped as blue came in stronger and
stronger. But she kept telling herself: "Wait for Colombo, Kandy and
Nuwara Eliya results. Greens will come in. Also the blue will disappear
when the North and East announce their results."
Telephone conversations interrupted as friends rang to comment. When
the blues had won a couple of districts and Kumari was feeling the first
pangs of disappointment and fear, a nephew phones to say the UNF for GG
had won majority seats.
Menika's tart comment: "How do you know?" was met with a detailed
announcement that results reached party leaders direct from the counting
centres while the TV stations got the results quite some time later,
going through the Elections Commissioner et al.
Menika was by now tired of snatches of Super Star 3 competitors
singing their guts out and an elegantly dressed young woman testing
mattresses and a man and a woman falling down into Damro sofas,
separately albeit. But then results started coming in thick and fast.
And her hopes rose consequently.
You may question Kumari's keenness about knowing the outcome of the
August 2015 general elections. A relative or relatives contesting? No!
Friends contesting? No! Some crime of Menika's to hide and she hoping
the politician who could help her in the hiding, won his seat? No!
Menika was sick and tired, jaded and dejected by all the malpractices
reported within the last ten years. Rapists went Scott free; murderers
were pardoned by presidential decree; gold of the Tamils seized by the
LTTE was supposedly given to a VVIP and then it disappeared again.
Murders were camouflaged as accidents and murder was brutalized more by
inserting a sharp instrument through the ear of one victim and into the
neck of another.
Without overt censorship, and assurances given that democracy and the
right to speak prevailed, white vans roamed around for prey and death
squads stealthily pursued those who spoke or wrote freely. Thus the
decimation of those who crossed the path of the powerful; clamping down
on the freedom of speech and the right to information.
Murders will occur as long as murderous people exist. They will in
the future too, due to human nature being what it is - hugely varied.
But never was there such rampant crime as during the last ten years of
Rajapaksa rule. There came a drastic reduction of crime and murders
after January 9, though death due to accidents increased.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, now elected for 60 months and
not a mere 100 days extended to 200, has already called for amity among
winners and losers and going forward immediately to correcting wrongs
and doing right by the country.
This feline, while applauding him for his magnanimity, hopes it does
not extend to forgiving and making us forget. Those who committed crimes
must be brought to justice.
So this cat will continue purring happily since yahapalana will
continue under a benign President Maithripala Sirisena who, however,
showed he was a strong, clever tactician. His second in command is a
worker, not given to vengeance and revenge. He gets things done and to
help him, the people have voted in some good MPs with brains, good
breeding and dedication to the country.
The best is that the public can criticize and maybe the criticism, if
justified, taken notice of. The people were king for one day and they
did a good job.