Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sri Lanka’s future & voter fault lines

Sri Lanka’s geopolitical positioning has been both a blessing and a curse. Despite 17 invasions from South India, 3 Christian Western colonial occupations over 410 years at no time did Sri Lanka fall except to be handed over to the enemy by local traitors – Alas the same appears to be unfolding exactly 200 years later. It is the lessons from these past histories that beckon citizens to be cautious of history not been repeated given that within the political establishment there are parties & politicians ever ready to divide the nation if it enables them to remain in power. If the voters vote thinking within the parameters of their personal needs overlooking the bigger ramifications for the country the entire nation is likely to suffer and fall. While we need to accept that there is no 100% perfect leader, policies must always be nationalistic and ensuring the sovereignty and national security of the country comes first. We do not elect people to office to advance the agendas of other countries and these aspects must be working on the minds of all voters.

Let us look at how the voters think:

The Tamil voters (Hindu, Christian/Catholic, High caste/class, low caste & poor)
  • Victims of Tamil politicians (some by choice some without choice) tapping into getting Tamils to vote for ‘our own people’ thus leading Tamils to self-alienate themselves from thinking nationally.
  • Self-alienation by such actions negates claims to want to live in peaceful co-existence when Tamils align with separatist political parties and do not take a stand
  • Apart from a small fraction the majority of Tamil voters do not think nationally, statistically proven by the manner they continue to vote for separatist political parties and give preferential votes to politicians promoting separatism.
  • Giving credibility to racist/extremist Tamil politicians by continuing to vote for them
  • Fixated by a mythical notion of a Tamil homeland propagated for political agendas without realizing that Tamils came from Tamil Nadu as migrants and settled down in Sri Lanka over different periods in time. 
  • Majority of Tamils hold an emotional gratitude to LTTE for enabling them to settle in western climes using the ‘discrimination’ tag which continues to be used as a battering ram. Many will not understand that it is the desire to live in the West not so much any hatred for Sinhalese that makes Tamils seek asylum. Sinhalese discrimination is only used as a tool to get a foothold into the West and enable better living and education for their children – these realities are being manipulated by India, the West and Tamil politicians
  • It is suggested that Tamils come out of thinking themselves as the aggrieved party and become  a stakeholder to developing the country instead of eternally complaining about what they have not been given ignoring what they have got in just a handful of years when for 3 decades under LTTE they did not even get a paved road!
  • The nation cannot rise if a handful of people want to bring the country down because their aspirations are not realized. When constitutionally, legally, legislatively all people are treated equal before the law it is unfair to be promoting false notions.

     Christian/Catholic voters (Sinhalese & Tamil)

  • Divided between putting religion or nation first since the headquarters of both religions are found and connected to Western imperialism and it was by converting Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus after 1505 that the spread of Christianity took place via colonial policies and rule creating a group of people who were aligned to and loyal to Western dogmas and values. This notion continues to be nurtured through various modus operandi orchestrated by the West.
  • The conversion of natives to Christianity remains part of divide & rule policy and associated with increasing Christian foot soldiers in Asia facilitated by Christian NGOs & faith organizations operating as aid workers & humanitarian assistance providers.
  • The links of certain church leaders throughout LTTE rule and even post-LTTE elimination questions the nature of the Church’s involvement with LTTE and LTTE fronts overseas.
  • The Sunday congregation has been often used to influence Church goers and determine who their allegiance should be with in particular during election times. This is subtly done.
  • It is only a handful of Christian/Catholic Sinhalese & Tamils who realize the global picture, the ramifications and foreign agendas and place country first understanding the gameplan to divide the country and the people.

    Muslim voters
  • Unlike in the case of Sinhalese & Tamils who are subdivided as Sinhalese Buddhists/Christians and Tamil Hindus/Christians – Muslims follow Islam, a religion foreign to Sri Lanka and came with traders who were allowed to settle in Sri Lanka by the Sinhale kings.
  • The influence upon Muslims through the mosques is seen by the manner that Wahhabi Islam has penetrated into society raising alarm bells with a Muslim joining the Wahhabi ISIS movement and getting killed recently.
  • Though Muslims had been warned not to fall prey to the Wahhabi slogans of halal/Shariah banking/burka showcasing that these were not part of real Islam, Muslims took these warnings negatively and now in connecting the dots it is easy to understand that the Wilpattu, Kattankudy, attacks on Sufis all align to US-Saudi infiltration to slowly build another battlefront in Sri Lanka using Muslims in order for the West to secure the East of Sri Lanka. An endeavour the West can easily penetrate using the War on Terror against Jihadists! It is still not too late for the Muslims to disassociate themselves from these slogans pushed by Wahhabi mosques.
  • While numerous Muslim politicians prevail they generally align to political parties promoting only Muslim will and have nothing to offer nationally.
  • Muslims in voting for such ethno-religious parties statistically proven show that they too are not thinking nationally however much they claim to want to live in peaceful co-existence.
  • The party that majority of Muslims end up voting for at all elections end up crossing over for personal gains and destabalizing the country. The Muslims that vote for such political parties are knowingly contributing to the destabalizing of the country knowing the behaviour of these parties and in particular the politicians who have a record of crossing over for personal gains only.

    Sinhalese Buddhist voters
  • The majority votebase in Sri Lanka are the Sinhala Buddhists and it is these voters that all political parties try to win over (but only during election time – after that they are generally forgotten until the next election)
  • The stability of the country is held together by the Sinhala Buddhist voters who look for how the trend is flowing and then use their votes to ensure the country is not compromised. Since ancient times the quest has been to break or divide the Sinhala Buddhists then only the country’s protective layer is exposed for those that wish to control or manipulate it. Therefore the strength and foundation of the country rests with the Sinhala Buddhists and their will to keep the nation together.
  • However, Sinhalese voters are divided by religion, by political party, by class, by those that look at safeguarding the nation whatever party comes to power and those that prefer foreign rule.
  • While the 2 main national political parties are not much separated in general ideologies the UNP leadership falling into the hands of one person for a distinct time period has projected the notion that the party stands for the rights of the minority totally ignoring the wrongs taking place to the majority. Moreover, allegiance to always running to the West for guidance and support has diminished the sovereign aspect of governance by natives. The SLFP while attempting to strike a balance has erred in not taking decisions when people have crossed boundaries and not communicating plans properly to the public. SLFP has also erred in siding with minority leaders who have being pushing for anti-national themes which is what has greatly contributed to the majority Buddhist voters feeling disappointed with the SLFP/UPFA policies. This area needs attention. Minority politicians representing ethnic-based political parties should not be given strategic portfolios (defense, education, economic, heritage – as they are funded to carry out different agendas and the damage done will only be seen years later).
  • The Sinhala Buddhist voters remain disgruntled in view of incursions to their heritage sites, cultural genocide unaddressed, poverty among Sinhala Buddhists unaddressed and the lack of any Sinhala politician to publicly claim he/she stands for the rights and grievances of the Sinhala Buddhists when Tamil and Muslim politicians openly do so. A lacuna has been created because even internationally there is no one to list out the grievances of the Sinhalese Buddhists for the world to understand the other side of the story.
  • Then we have the kolambian voters though statistically an unimportant number. Yet in view of their influence over business and social circles the notion they project about Sri Lanka affects the overall country’s image. Historically, the Kolambians have been aligned to a pro-Western liberal value system ignoring the ramifications for the history and heritage of Sri Lanka especially given the West’s agenda of changing the demography of continents (culturally, religiously. Note the Church’s orders to priests to increase flocks and Christianize Asia. This endeavour requires conversion and converting people by numerous covert means to Christianity/Catholicism). When these facts are pointed out the immediate response is to find fault with the messenger overlooking the dangers in the message! The targets for conversions are generally those who are poor and those who are stressed/mentally disturbed. Buddhists and Hindus do not have the wherewithal financially to compete with the billions the Church and Islam uses to convert people except to highlight the subtle ways continents are being changed and politicians are made to keep silent!

There is much that Sri Lankan voters need to think of far more than casting a vote because the price of petrol or gas is reduced or salaries are increased. The people need to ask who can provide stability to the nation while not undermining and compromising the country to foreign elements waiting to use Sri Lanka for their own geopolitical interests. As a sovereign country we must act as one. We do not vote politicians to advance the agendas of other nations. We must think always on the lines of how safe and secure the country is and which party will ensure the country is not divided or separated.

by Shenali Waduge