JO ‘Walk’ a puerile exercise – Prof. Wijesuriya
The ulterior motive behind the Joint Opposition (JO) protest march (Pada Yathra) is merely to create a shield to protect the a family and not for the betterment of the public, says Convenor of the National Movement for a Just Society, Professor Sarath Wijesuriya.
“The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa deliberately held the Presidential Election two years prior to the due date. He is now a man without power and is on a mission to reclaim that power. As a person who ruled the country over a long period, he had the opportunity to work for the public good back then. In this situation it is questionable whether the JO has any ethical right to take a stand in defence of any burdens borne by the people.”
Professor Wijesuriya questioned the logic in the government taking such a deep interest in the JO ‘Walk’ because his personal opinion is that it is an utterly insignificant exercise.
(Ceylon Today – By Nelani De Costa)
The Protest March (Jana Satana Padha Yathra) turned out to be a damp squib.
An ailing leader reminiscing past glory, openly missing the power of office which was abused over a decade.
Crowds gathered by the lure of the ‘buth parsala’ and couple of shots of the good old stuff, waving hands in false admiration and chanting prepared scripts.
All in vain, lost productivity and vainglorious effort.
It will be admirable if past leaders are courageous enough to stand up, face with the past, repent and craft a way forward to suit current circumstances.
I think you have insulted the masses who are behind MR. Do you really believe that all of those people who are participating in this rally are all going for the sake a Bath Parsala or a shot of Arrack. The fact is that people are fed up of reading that one of Mrs family or supporters are taken in to custody every day and released a few days later more that once or twice per person. Have you ever heard of the saying “You can fool some of the people some time but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”.
As Indira stated in one of the previous bloggs what have these jokers done since they came in to power other than condemning MRs ongoing projects and then a few months later re commencing them. And of course blaming MR and his family for every thing they can not achieve..
they are trying to burn 10 years of accumulated cholesterol and kilograms of fat so let the walk i think kandy is too close why not Point pedro to the south that would be better but no special cars for VIPS please if that happens their cholesterol and fat will be not reduced but will increase (thela wadiunama mehema thamai )
i wouldn’t label the current crop of leaders as “Jokers”. They do have a vision for the way forward are trying to balance immediate needs ( creation of 1 million jobs ) with long term needs.
In summary, if the World is to be at peace, two things must happen. The two things are:
1. Trial of George W Bush, Tony Blair, John Howard (leaders of the Coalition of the willing in the unjust war against Iraq) and Mahinda Rajapaksa to be tried for war crimes in the Hague.
2. The recognition of the IS as a legitimate state by the United Nations
These two measures will somewhat ensure the prosperity of the World Community.
Hi Jerome Ratnasiri, Sorry, I am so naive. Could you please explain what will happen to World Peace if IS is not accepted as a Legitimate state by the United Nations???
The only vision these jokers see are dreams of taking revenge on the MR clan and nightmares of MR coming back to power. These jokers ,I mean regime were appointed because the people were not happy. ( in actual fact they were fed a lot of bull shit and they believed.) But the only thing that these jokers ,I mean visionaries have been doing from the time they came in to power was to complain about the previous regime. Don’t you think it is time to stop complaining about MR and get on with the job they were appointed. Ruling a country is not a walk in the park. So no point in pointing the finger at the past rulers.
If the IS is not accepted as a legitimate state by the United Nations, the next President of the United States (whoever it may be) will launch a war to decimate the IS and take control of the oil in that part of the World.
This will drive the Muslim community further away from the others in the international community and frustrations will be dissipated via random acts of violence which the world has witnessed in recent times.
Dear S Fernando,
The current Government inherited an economic mess with large overseas borrowings, unproductive infrastructure, neglected primary industries, a burgeoning unproductive public service, a gun culture, uncontrolled vote-winning subsidies and corruption from top to bottom.
As a democratically elected Government, they have to keep things going; they have to service debts and also provide for a decent living to the masses.
Hence they went on a borrowing spree just to service debt, squeeze social subsidies and increase Government revenue. In this tight situation, it will be good to ensure the return of stolen wealth and hence the pursuit of the previous rulers. The negative remarks on the previous rulers is a manifestation of the frustration they face as a result of the unplanned rule of the previous Government.
Amidst all these events, it is heartening to note the blossoming of a vision for long term economic revival.
Attention Mr. Jerome Ratnasiri: You want United Nations to accept IS. Then you are predicting if IS is not accepted as a state by the UN, next president of USA will attack IS. First you have to understand USA and UN are two different things.
Secondly, where is this IS situated? Do they have a population? What is its geographical boarders?
Secondly, then you talk about Muslims and say Muslims will be driven further away from International Community. Then tell me why Saudi Arabia is attacking IS positions? Aren’t they nor Muslims? Then Why IS attack Iranians. Then, why Muslims attack Muslims in Libya, Iraq a Afghanistan?