The wickedest place in hell they say is reserved for
hypocrites. In these opinion spaces, we do not wish fire and
brimstone anybody, let alone the self-important and the
nauseatingly self-righteous. But Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga, and her loyally genuflecting serf Harim Peiris, are
so hilariously hypocritical these days, that even the
gatekeepers of hell would blush and turn them back, saying there
is no place in their Kingdom that can house hypocrites as
extreme and egregious as these.
Lakshman Hullugalle on Tuesday released the book Lakshman
which details the Gestapo rule of Chandrika Kumaratunga and her
handpicked PSD hit-men such as the late and unlamented Beddegana
Sanjeeva. Kumaratunga pursued her perceived enemies such as
Hullugalle with a zeal that bordered on the compulsive, and she
did so with scant respect for the basics of common human
decency, leave alone rule of law.
The state media was deployed seven hours straight, to vilify
one man, because Kumaratunga wanted to hijack his investment and
transfer it to one of her blue eyed boys. The PSD thugs
corporation was unleashed in the meanwhile to complete the job
begun by the state media.
That was Chandrika Kumaratunga's idea of the rule of law, and
this had the good governance stamp of approval of Chandrika's
general factotum, Harim Peiris.
Today, there are calls to bring to account these persons who
interpreted rule of law in this unique way. The passage of time
they say, does not blunt the pain of the victim. The offenders
are alive, and if those that abused the powers of office are not
held to account, what faith would people have for the rule of
law that Chandrika Kumaratunga and her hurrah boy seems to be so
concerned about these days?
If Harim Peiris and Chandrika Kumaratunge ever wondered why
the masses have not taken up their cry about the absence of any
mass market for the particular brand of propaganda they peddle
these days about rule of law issues, it is not because the
people are indifferent, or that they are careworn and
It's on the other hand, because when they hear these voices
from the past, they double down and crack-up with laughter.
These are people who neither respected the civil and political
rights of the people, or their economic rights.
Chandrika Kumaratunga's record of real achievements that
impacted on the economy during her tenure, are inversely
proportional to the bombast of Harim Peiris, the man who blows
out hot air from his oral orifice at 100 kilometers per hour,
despite the slowness induced by his rather constipated gait.
In this way, these people are a perfect fit for the new rat
pack of 'liberals' and NGO men in the global UN agency arena for
instance. Such NGO-niks would attempt to enforce so called civil
and political rights in member nations, when the people in the
UN member countries they focus on, such as Sri Lanka for
example, call for better lives -- not greater rights.
But economic rights are not on the agenda of UN
organizations. The economy, and the people's desire for better
lives was the last thing on the minds of the Kumaratunge
administration also, which did nothing in terms of
infrastructure development -- nothing for industry and growth.
It was of course all part of the Horagolla feudal mindset --
keep the people down and therefore subjugated, but hector them
with patronizing tracts about 'rights' and 'freedoms' which were
of course not granted either in the bargain, ask Lakshman
Hullugalle's daughter about that.
In the parlance of the lobby room fan base of Harim and
Chandrika, they 'sucked'. We shall not be so unkind to bandy
about this same terminology - but certainty the Harim-Chandrika
set were Spectacularly Unable (and they) Comprehensively Kept
Everybody Down, and that's putting it respectably.
It is good that the more sordid side of their directionless
and disastrous twelve years, is coming under the spotlight with
exposes such as those of Lakshman Hulugalle's. Hullugalle is
certain that his narrative is unassailable, one reason being
that what he exposes are in the main, known facts, that are
preserved on the court record. No amount of Harim brand hooey or
hot air will be able to diffuse the stench emanating from the
ex-HE's, and her ('ha ha ha') HA's sordid past.