By Ameer Ali –
Dr. Ameer Ali
Is there a more precious gift a family patriarch, who himself a former ruler, could expect to receive on his 74th birthday, than to see his own brother becoming the supreme head of the country he ruled? The victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) as the seventh president of Sri Lanka was an unforgettable birthday gift to his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR). On the 18th of November, while the new president took his Oath of Allegiance, not in front of members of the legislature, but in Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, a historic Buddhist precinct at Anuradhapura, his family patriarch, MR, celebrated his birthday, the day after. What a joyous coincidence and what a heavenly omen! In short, to the Rajapakse clan, this victory and the one to follow soon at the next General Elections are a double bonanza to mark the dawn of a new era. But, what about the country, its economy and the masses?