Where are we going Machans?
‘Machan’ slang in Sinhalese meaning ‘Mate’. Brother-in-law, your main man or woman. My machans are many, but since 2005 my main machans have been the current heads of government in Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksa’s. Mainly Mahinda Machan, the main man in Sri Lanka. For those of you who already know my closet racist tendencies, the Rajapaksa’s mainly became my machans because of their pre-election promise – defeat the LTTE and terrorism in Sri Lanka.
May 2009 was a red-letter day for Sri Lanka. The death of the LTTE leader Prabakaran heralded the death of the LTTE. Celebrations were island wide. In my corner of the English countryside, I quietly raised a glass of 21 year old single malt to toast this victory. A first, the defeat of terrorism, in any country of the world.
Silencing an irresponsible media, or any type of speech against national security was punished. The end to terrorism justified any untoward actions against the institution of democracy in Sri Lanka.
Seven years on and three years after the end of the LTTE, greatly perpetrated by the LTTE themselves for not understanding a post 9/11 world, I am alarmed my machans.
I just read a conversation on Infolanka Newsroom between an editor in an English newspaper and the Machan Gotabaya, the secretary to the Ministry of Defence and the President of Sri Lanka’s brother. As it was published I had to believe in its content where basically Machan Gotabaya had a go at this female reporter in not quite the queens language but rather one which is better recognised after closing time of 1am at most British pubs.
WTHM – What the hell Machan?
I would never wish for the re-birth of LTTE in Sri Lanka. But sadly the disappearance of democracy is trying machan. I believe we all need to lose the stiff upper lip we maintain as citizen machans in Sri Lanka. Sovereignty is important. As a nationalist I can even argue that international interest and interference in Sri Lanka’s affairs is unimportant.
But as intelligent citizens of Sri Lanka, do we not realise we have fallen from the frying pan into the fire? It’s time for the political opposition to government to address this clearly. Whoever they are. Forget about international repercussions, tell the people where it will hurt them the most machan, in their own country. I don’t mind the rupee depreciating against an even weaker sterling pound, but those in Sri Lanka must realise it’s hurting their pockets, already very thinly lined.
If Dr. Harsha De Silva, the US educated economist and opposition member of parliament in Sri Lanka, made his economic forecasts that show direct effect to the common man, and woman, would that pave the way to end this madness? For madness it is, and like all madness the suppression of democracy the greatest malady.
Machan, you can’t govern a country without your citizens enjoying the freedom of speech. That makes Sri Lanka a communist country, or worse, a dictatorship. Sod the consequences is never a good idea if your governing a democratic country.
Machan would love to see three articles in the mother tongue from you. As simple as possible without getting carried with terms and equations.
- How democracy works in America and the freedom of speech. Not to say it’s the best, but an unbiased view of its pros and cons.
- How world fuel prices affect Sri Lanka’s economy. Don’t want to hear solutions please tell us how and the knock on effect to Sri Lanka.
- Country borrowing from world markets. Nothing comes for free, and why?
“The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.” Edmund Burke