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This is a time for weeping – Bahu on 4th Feb 2009
I am thankful to Tissa and other organizers for making this event a reality. As a present day leader of the Sama Samajist movement which made a special contribution to the independence struggle, I have neither shame nor fear to step into this stage to speak of freedom.
At this time there is a celebration in Colombo, a shameful event where Lion flag is hoisted to cover up genocidal killings, abductions, corruptions, fraud and ransom taking. Ruling group led by Mahinda is using the Lion flag, the pride of Sinhala for 3000 years, as loin cloth to cover up their nakedness. Lion flag has become a cover to wrap the dead bodies of foul killings and to hide sinful frauds.
This is a time for weeping. From Point Pedro to Devundara, the island is soaked in blood and tears. Pardon me Hakim and Tamil leaders, for talking only of Sinhala youth that are killed in a distant unknown land, a deserted land.
Buried without much ceremony in other peoples land. Thousands died while tens of thousand are suffering in crowded hospitals. Colombo ceremony is to cover up all these.
We are told that by killing and destroying, bombing and blasting, Tamil struggle is brought to an end. At the same time we know that those who challenged and criticized this operation are classified as traitors and punished. Such Media men are killed or wounded and others are driven out of the island. Some Media houses are burned and crushed. We do not see an end to the problem, but we see pushing it underground while harvesting it in Tamil Nadu and in all cosmopolitan cities of the world.
At this moment there is a hartal in Tamil Nadu and massive demonstrations are taking place in all big cites of the world. Effigies of President Mahinda are carried and burned shouting slogans against killings, corruptions and plunder.
All Lankan embassies are given special protection while ambassadors live in fear. These protest acts are carried out with the support of left and democratic forces in respective countries. War has created more hatred and in coming generations , we could harvest the produce in several folds.
Bandaranayke signed a pact with the Tamil leader Chelvanayagum and wanted to solve the problem by devolution of power. Then Dudley tried to go further and after a similar pact took Tamil leaders into the Cabinet, while planning devolution.
President Jayewardene called an all party conference and tried to devolve power by the system of provincial councils. In this endeavor he was supported by Colvin, Bernard, Vijaya and other left leaders. I myself was among them.
At least a nominal provincial council for the Tamil homeland was established and for the first time in history after Sankili, Tamils had a Tamil ruler for the Tamil land. Finally, Prime Minister Wickramasinghe arrived at a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE leader Piribhaharan and wanted to go for a serious political solution.
All these leaders from Bandaranayke up to Wickramasinghe and the left leaders, who supported them, were with education from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and MIT etc; with massive libraries for reference, were supposed to be guided by the principles of kindness and mercy.
Were they all fools and frightened imbeciles? Are they all traitors who wanted to deal with the foreign masters behind Tamil terrorism? On the other hand, is the ‘fearless leader’ who smashed and killed, silenced critiques and poisoned Sinhala people with chauvinism and hate, the hero?
Every time since the time of Bandaranayke, when ever an attempt was made to arrive at a solution on the basis of power sharing among all communities, terror of Sinhala chauvinism was unleashed and barbarism ruled the streets.
Recently when President Jayewardene devolved power under 13th amendment for the NE province, Sinhala chauvinist terror was unleashed on every body associated with devolution of power. Killers did not come from Mars or Moon. Chauvinist gangs of Champika, gangs of Mahinda and gangs of Weerawansa under the name of patriotism attacked and killed.
They killed 23 of my party. I got a bullet passing through my body leaving a hole of 3 inches at back I survived only by shear luck after suffering in hospital for months.
Nearly 1000 of other leftist became victims while nearly 8000 UNP members and supporters were killed. Most of them unarmed ordinary people loyal to old UNP leaders. In addition these “patriots” wounded tens of thousand and burned hundreds of houses.
When Prime Minister Wickramasinghe a signed a pact with the LTTE, again Sinhala chauvinist did every thing to sabotage the attempt for a solution.
We of the left appreciate the attempt to bring a settlement to this human issue of language and nationalities. But we differed on other issues with these rulers.
I have fought on such issues affecting workers and peasants and languished in prisons of Bandaranayke, Jayewardene and Wickramasinghe. Nevertheless I have come here today as I respect the commitment of the UNP leader Wickramasinghe to communal harmony and democracy. Resolving national and communal problems needs mercy and kindness.
All religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamism, and Christianity, advocate kindness and compassion for human existence and to dispel barbarism.
When Marx spoke of opium of the masses he did not mean basic ethics of human existence. But the war mongering Sinhala chauvinist campaign is definitely opium to the masses. Mahinda use this opium to drug the masses to forget hunger and misery and to dance naked waving Lion flags. Thus he has taken the country towards barbarism.
For this country this it is the hour of Saturn, the moment of Mahasona the barbarian. At this hour vultures are roaming. We have come together to stand up and fight for freedom again.