This ‘absurdity’ is now ‘turned on its head’ and the flamboyant new leader of India (Modi) is so enraptured by his new friendship with the old political ‘honcho’ of the ‘Free World’ that he flaunts this friendship and works hard for the goodwill of his new patron. Let us expand on this – it was believed for decades that Sri Lanka being a ‘friend’ and close neighbor of India. political meddling by outside powers in its internal affairs would be unwelcome if not forcibly resisted. No longer is this the case. We shall try to show that the defeat of MR in Sri Lanka has long connections with the geopolitical re-balancing of forces that now threatens the stability of our world.
First things first – the ‘Superpower’ (the USA) is much troubled by the current ‘phase shift’ in the state of the world. No longer is its role as the ‘doyen’ of the rich and powerful assured. Briefly put, there are three principal threats to its current (if shaky) dominance – a virulent form of globe-girdling Muslim militancy that followed disastrously from its recent neo-colonial military misadventures in West Asia, the decline in global standing of Western Europe and the challenge to NATO by a new and resurgent Russia led by Putin and – last but not least – the thrusting commercialism of a New China that seeks to access Africa for the commercial exploitation of its unknown riches.
Sri Lanka lies strategically in the Indian Ocean and the famous Silk Route must hug its shores for the efficient commercial operation of the main-works in China. Let us cut a long story short – the embattled superpower did cast its troubled eye on the minor player Sri Lanka and found its new-found ‘intimacy’ with China a troublesome complication in a much larger issue of its relationship with China. Could the New India under Modi help to thwart these moves? Well – India was already troubled by a rising China and found the new-found fellowship with the one-time denounced global hegemon most useful if not exactly in consonance with the high-falutin moral stance of ‘Non-Alignment’ adopted by India under Nehru.
If the Sri Lankan connection with China was to be blunted, then a regime-change was essential as MR was seen as the promoter and protector of Chinese interests in Sri Lanka. The details must be left to historians – but the brute fact remains unassailable – that the political campaign against MR had external support and direction with India and the USA working closely with select staff in Western Embassies, Diasporic Tamils and natives of our own land long known to resent Sinhala Nationalism of the kind that MR was supposed to symbolize. Strange thing happened – unheard of in functional democracies – a humdrum politico of MR’s party was anointed and publicly celebrated as the future President by a cabal of notorious defeatist in the alien camp.
A man repeatedly rejected at elections became the all-powerful boss of of the New Movement to overthrow MR and restore what was called ‘yahapalanaya’ –fairness and justice in politics. The one-time supporters of MR in Parliament became victims of a kind of political ‘castration’ that baffles everybody. Were these bizzarre political mutations an instance of democracy at work? The details of this sorry drama are too well known to be recounted here. We end with a Question – was the great Yahapalayana Movement engineered by global champions of Naripalayana? More philosophically, justice must have roots in the just pursuit of goals. This did not happen in the last Presidential election where MR became a targeted fugitive from the fury of mobs.