Is another ‘decapitation drama’ on its way?

By S Akurugoda

It is learnt from media reports that the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, arrived in Sri Lanka with a delegation of officials.  According to the reports, Ramaphosa has been appointed South African President Jacob Zuma’s Special Envoy to help consolidate peace in Sri Lanka In a statement, Ramaphosa said he would meet the Sri Lankan government, Opposition parties, citizens and try to help the Sri Lanka with the Truth and Reconciliation process, their own constitutional reform and ‘make sure Sri Lanka does indeed become a stable country where they will enjoy human rights.’

The above statement reported to have been made by Ramaphosa is in contrary with the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s statement that his party has no objection to the visit since the Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella had said Ramaphosa is visiting the country as a ‘tourist’.

We also learnt from media reports, few months ago, that there was an offer from the South African   President who visited CHOGUM to provide support to the reconsolidation by way of a mediator (similar to that provided by Norway since the inception of so-called peace processes). In fact, based on the above information,  the NFF made its protest against the proposed mediation of South Africa saying that if the government allows Ramaphosa’s planned visit, it would compel them to take a decision on their future with the alliance.

Ramaphosa concluded his visit after meeting a number of political leaders including the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister GL Peiris, the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan and NPC Chief Minister J Wigneswaran and a visit to the Northern Province. He is expected to brief South African President Jacob Zuma on his engagements in Sri Lanka Thus, whatever the ministers proclaimed, it is understandable even to a 3rd or 4th year student that a foreign delegation comprising country’s Deputy President, a Minister, government officials and some members of NGOs (so-called civil societies) are not visiting us as just tourists!

It looks like our rulers never learn from the past experiences.  There are many examples, throughout our history and even during the last three decade, of how our rulers allowed foreigners to intervene to resolve our own internal matters and got into trouble as a result of such actions. India, our neighbor, is the first country came to interfere after the independence, initially, by way of arranging ‘Thimpu Talk’ to find a ‘peace’.  What happed later are well known and need not repeat here. How many lives we lost during that period?  The infamous Norway extended their hand, far from the European Continent, with the same message of ‘peace’ during Chandrika’s rule and we were in a real mesh until 2009.  How many lives and how much worth of property we lost during that time?  Soon after the Prabhakaran-Ranil Pact (MoU prepared by Peace Maker Norway) was signed, I remember, an article written by Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara  titled ‘Sama Diyareddde’ appeared on a newspaper (in March 2002).

For those who have not read this ‘decapitation drama’, let me quote this great novelist’s and patriot’s own words used to describe what it is all about.
‘Diyaredden Bella Kapanawa’ is a pithy Sinhala saying to illustrate how one is decapitated or destroyed without his being aware of what is happening to him. He is taken completely unawares. It’s only much later that he realizes that he has been decapitated and that too with hardly any pain or trauma.The producer, the so-called international community was well aware that the ‘Sama Diyaredde’ is the simplest device available for the ‘decapitation of the nation with a minimum of pain and trauma’ as the writer correctly identified.

Dr. Amarasekara identified the first act of this drama as the signing of the MoU. He quite accurately predicted the second act as the de-proscription of  the LTTE. His third prediction of interim councils appeared under various names to keep the Sinhalese in a state of blissful ignorance, first to form the ‘Tsunami Joint Mechanism’ and to the stage of proposing a Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) as a part of “Peace Process’ mediated by the so-called Peace Maker.

The producer of this tragi-comedy appeared very pleased with the achievements of their plan and reported even to have increased their ‘Aid’ package to lubricate the decapitation processes.But thanks to our patriotic people, who did not allow this drama to be a reality, by choosing the correct political leadership at the right time thereby saving the mother Sri Lanka, not only from terrorist, but by driving away the myths generated by these ‘Peace Makers’ for more than a decade.

However, it is very unfortunate to learn that the very same leadership who blocked this drama to continue in 2009, knowingly or unknowingly, appeared to has chosen another producer to stage the same drama, this time from the African Continent under a different name ‘Consolidate PEACE in Sri Lanka to ensure stability and human rights’ There should not be any significant change to the theme (or events) of the drama, although ‘South Africa’ is now going to be in place of ‘Norway’.

Before going further, the statement of Ramaphosa “.. make sure Sri Lanka does indeed become a stable country where they will enjoy human rights” is an indication that the volunteered  peace maker is already assuming that country is ‘unstable’ and ‘not enjoying human rights’. What more can we expected from this “Peace Maker” different to that of Norway’s Erik Solheim? Further, Ramaphosa’s reported question put on NPC Chief Minister  Wigneswaran as to why he is not taking legal action if the power has not been devolved to NPC is another indication of ‘letting the cat out of the bag’.

Meanwhile it is interesting to note that it is not the same coalition which was elected by the people, during the previous two general elections, is ruling the country today. According to some political analysts, the current coalition policies are led by ex-UNPers and the political parties who were leading critics of the Mahinda Chintana introduced in 2005 and worked hard in support of the Opposition candidates during the last two presidential elections.

It is not surprising that the very same actors (both in and outside the ruling coalition) who were playing various supporting roles during the previous Norwegian drama are now attempting to identify the  political parents of the ruling leadership, the ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ who put him back to the driving seat during the last presidential and general elections, as extremists. Another invisible hand is working hard in promoting the concept of  so-called ‘common presidential candidate’ to split the ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ votes, in addition the  UNP leader, to ensure the election of their long-waited ‘puppet’ in the driving seat with the overwhelming support of non-Sinhala votes.

If everything goes as planned by the producers, only the future generation will see the final outcome of this drama as per the last paragraph of the said article. “Many years later, when ethnologists were researching into causes that had led to the extinction of races by the 21st century, they came across a very strange case which they had not encountered before. A race called Sinhala confined to a tiny island, had become extinct, by being subjected to decapitation with a women’s bath cloth- a Diyaredde named ‘PEACE.



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