‘Jaffna ghost’ and danger of July!

The situation in the North seems to have pained Mahinda Rajapaksa as he says that the Eelam war began in the past with the stoning of the Police and the Courts. He tells Maithri to protect the freedom gained after the war and adds it does not matter to him even if he is imprisoned or killed. This statement of Mahinda shows that he is keen to witness another war in the North. The only option left for him to grab power is the eruption of another war in the North and that is why he plays the ‘patriotic card’ in that direction.

The government must closely monitor the security situation in the North in the face of Mahinda’s predictions. The government transferred the Police officers posted in the North and East after the recent incident in Jaffna. Until that incident, the North and East were administered by the police officers appointed by Mahinda’s Government. Not only in the North and East even other parts of the country are still being run by Mahinda’s appointees to the Police. Hence, the ‘ghost’ of the Rajapaksa administration still haunts the State machinery.

MahindaToHitler_LnWThe best example is what followed with the resignation of a Commissioner attached to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.  The commissioners were appointed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. When a commissioner resigns the activities of the commission is crippled. A commissioner appointed by Mahinda resigned recently. Now the Bribery Commission is at a standstill. The media reported that there appeared to be a conflict of interest in opening files on bribery complaints for probe between the two commissioners appointed by Mahinda and the Director General.

If the situation at the Bribery Commission stands at that, one cannot underestimate the security situation in the North. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which worked for the victory of Maithri at the last presidential election is placed in an embarrassing position at present. The reason is that the government yet being unable to resolve the grievances of the Tamil people. The benefit of this situation has gone to LTTE sympathizers. The Tamilnet report on the Mullivaikkal commemoration establishes that fact.

That report said; “Two additional events have also been arranged outside Mullivaikkal to mark the day in case the SL Police blocked the NPC councillors from the venue, the NPC sources said. Grassroots activists and politicians organized memorial events in Trincomalee on Sunday. At least one memorial event has been organised in Mannar on 18 May. Several events have been arranged in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitheevu, Vavuniya, Batticaloa and Ampara districts on 18 May. The Jaffna University Student Union and the University Teachers’ Union have organized at least two collective events at Tirunelveli and at Maruthanaar-madam on Monday. The TNPF is commemorating the fallen Eezham Tamils at Vaakarai in Batticaloa and at Maruthang-kea’ni in Vadamarachchi East of Jaffna District.

The NPC and the TNPF have declared in clear terms that Tamils have no hope for justice in any domestic Sri Lankan mechanism, whether conducted by the Rajapaksa regime, Sirisena regime, or its successor, while Sampanthan and Sumanthiran were directing the affairs in the name of the Tamil National Alliance along a deviatory line, the Tamil activists in North-east blamed. The new regime of Sri Lanka was proceeding with its oppression on Eezham Tamils by wooing the TNA deviators on the one hand and by deploying the genocidal judiciary of the SL State against Tamils as evidenced in the recent staying of return of landed to the people of Champoor and the Police instructions against holding processions in remembrance of the Eezham Tamils perished in the genocidal onslaught in 2009″.

Though the Premadasa Government crushed the 1988-89 JVP insurrection and destroyed many JVP leaders, the JVP started to haunt again on the day the funeral of military legend Denzil Kobbekaduwa was held. Ministers and Parliamentarians were stoned on that day at the Borella Cemetery.

It turned into a serious incident. Earlier, when a bus ran over a female undergrad opposite the Colombo University angry undergrads took to the street and set fire to that bus. Many more incidents of that nature were reported and there appeared to be a political anger over those incidents. That anger was over and the JVP was crushed. That anger surfaced after Premadasa was assassinated and a democratic leader like Wijetunga assumed the presidency. However, the JVP never returned to an armed struggle.

The scenario in Jaffna depicts the anger that emanates from the people of Jaffna. That is centred on the incident where a schoolgirl was raped and murdered. Like Wijetunga in the past Maithri is also a democratic leader. As before the public anger that was suppressed over a period of time is being expressed today.

One should not get angry over such a situation, but should control it in a careful manner. Mahinda and his patriots await the moment to capitalize even on a minor incident to incite the southern masses.

July is a month that is known to incite annual clashes. It’s not far away. Like the Black July of 1983, the anti-1987 Indo-Lanka patriotic groups also say the same story. Let us not forget that the final episode of Mahinda and his patriots are also due in July as the next general election is likely to be held in that month.