Sinhala nidikumbas stun the pundits with the victory

(Courtesy Ceylon Today)
The massive swing against the UNP indicates clearly that the nation was biding its time to cut the neck of Ranil’s regime with the sharp edge of their lengthy ballot papers. And they did it in right royal style, peacefully and decisively, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that they can’t be fooled by bogus  theoreticians in civil society and NGOs who had lost their moral compass. The people’s reply was loud and clear.
And the besieged nation is now settling down again hoping that a change of regime will at least bring them a clean administration. This is an indispensable factor for the survival of the new Rajapaksa regime. If Gota fails to achieve this he too will have to go home like Ranil.
The trust placed in Gota is to prevent the pollution of the political culture under his reign. Quite significantly, the Sinhala-Buddhist ethic was defined by Gota when he took his oaths – not at the traditional Malwatte – but at Ruwanweli Seya in Anuradhapura. He went  back to his roots that ran all the way to the  epic period of history written by Dutugemunu. The symbolism and its meaning resonated deeply in the hearts of the Sinhala-Buddhists threatened by the arrogant minorities. When, for instance, M. L. A. M. Hisbullah crowed that the Arab nations will come rushing to rescue the Muslims if the Sinhalese attack them, he was pushing the Sinhalese to unite against Muslim arrogance.
Voting clout
After Tamil extremism lost its military power at Nandikadal, the minorities were banking on their voting clout to dominate the nation. Their main aim was to gain through electoral politics what they could not gain militarily. Gota’s win on purely Sinhala-Buddhist votes, stunned the political pundits and the UNP leaders who believed that the majority could not win without the minority.
Gota’s victory rewrote the political equation that was accepted by the intellectuals and the NGO pundits as the indelible truth written in stone. The anti-Sinhala-Buddhist intellectuals and academics must revisit their fake theories and reconsider their spurious assumptions of the grassroots forces that determine national politics.
It is reasonable to assume now that the Rip Van Winkles in the majority community will rise as one, when they are driven to the brink. They may lie low for some time patiently. But when they are pushed against the wall they will rise to defend their heritage. They did so at Nandikadal when Prabakaran pushed the nation to the brink.
By H. L. D. Mahindapala 



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