“The road to self-deception is narrow to begin with, but there’s always someone ready to broaden it out…it’s all a matter of beginning” – José Saramago (Cain)
Call it a metaphorical warning shot. Several parliamentarians, including a presidential nephew, were at a public meeting in Hakmana (Matara) when a monk invaded the stage and made a speech.
“What did this Government do for the country?” he asked in a purely rhetorical spirit. Commenting on the regime’s failure, he proffered his answer: “Not this nonsensical (bahubootha) democracy, but if (you) love the motherland, the people, Mr. Gotabaya, hand over the country to the military for the next 10 years…”
The monk’s sincerity couldn’t be doubted. He was one of the 6.9 million, a true believer who embraced Gotabaya Rajapaksa as ‘Our Hero Who Works’. His words came from a place of pain, the ‘remedy’ he suggested was a desperate response to despair.
His intervention is symbolic of the steady undermining of the edifice of Rajapaksa power at its base. Other signs include a growing string of defeats suffered by the SLPP at the level of Pradeshiya Sabhas and cooperative societies. The bottom is giving away.
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