Friday, 13 April 2018

Politics or Law?

What is superior, politics of a nation or law of a nation? 

Politics is the foundation of a nation. Law is there to help that just foundation intact from injustice. Power, whether it flows from a mandate of people or from a pure dictator, keeps the order. It seems this simple and primitive natural truth is missing out from the spectrum of Nagananda Kodituwakku’s project for state, which he solely based upon only just law, not on prudence. 

There is one crucial issue at stake as Kodituwakku explains. Yaha Palana Government, Karu Yajasuriya to be specific, used a fake argument made by Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya to postpone the Provincial Elections in 2017. That Jayantha Jayasuriya did even when there is a Supreme Court determination existed against the 20th amendment. So, now, does the power of politics allow to circumnavigate a crucial bill like that always? When the power of politics shall bend the law to its own interest. And when it could be justified? To my understanding, it is nothing less than the concerns of our national interest shall permit it. This is where I differ from Kodituwakku. Law needs to be implemented with prudence when there is national interests at stake.

But I stand with Kodituwakka in latter case. Why? Because, whatever the possible outcome of provincial election result that could never have  inflicted any harm to our national interest. Of cause it could, if it was so certain that the opposition is to sell out all the strategic national assets to our rival international players. But of cause what happened was the opposite.

Having said that I have a graver issue to pick up with Kodituwakku and few others who share the same arguments against previous Rajapaksha administration and Mr. Gotabaya. To me, one shall born with the instinct as a realist that, for example, no one shall be able to ask questions about how the previous administration conducted its last phase of war. It shall be like the law that no one shall question the actions of Allied Forces against Nazis. Even the bombing of German civilian cities were justified by British. And there shall also be a no doubt about the land that preserved in Jaffna by previous administration for a larger military base, given the recurring historical facts about troubled communities within India. It has to be a paramount, as a sovereign nation, to safeguard its borders and therefore, we shall always have one of the largest military instalment in Jaffna. That will never discriminate any minorities within the country. In fact that such an instalment is to further the law and order within the state.

It shall also be so explicit to anyone who loves the island dearly that massive foreign currency income and employment of or ex-military personal in the Indian Ocean via any company, may be little circumnavigating the existing law, never be questioned. Because that foreign currency will never come if we waited for years. Like it does not come now. Then we come to the issue about the money spent of D.R. Rajapaksha’s Memorial Museum. Gotabaya has consistently argued that he never touched the money. Let’s say he touched the money for an argument sake. Then raise a question, do you want to imprison such an individual who has done incomparable duty to further the interests of our nation with his life. In these issues I beg to differ with Kodithuwakku and others that such a scramble worth to smear an image of national hero.

It is not that sheer ignorance of mine leads me to make this argument. It is because of the fact that under the veil of international human rights and humanitarian laws there lies ammunitions to destroy any victor’s justice. These laws are a cancer for any genuine war effort.  If we reversed the history back and kept asking justice for those civilians killed by all Kings of Roman, Prussian, Spanish, French or Anglo origins those nations will never have become materialised. So goes the argument for Duke of Wellington, Abram Lincoln, Allied Forces and Mao Zedong or for whomever you could think of as victors.

A time has come to our nation to say let the bygone be the bygone and focus only of the future of our beautiful small island. Let’s protect our national hero and spend our time to reflect on our long term national interest. 

There is only a hollow pit at the end of it if law is pursued without the prudence, especially when there is our national interest at stake.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

What is wrong with our beautiful Sri Lanka?

What a sad state of affairs are we living in Sri Lanka? 

Nagananda Kodituwakku keep proving our judiciary is conjuring with Executive Branch in crucial constitutional issues. Most members of our legislator are a bunch of spineless. And most of our Director Generals are always waiting a call or a letter from the Secretary to Minister or Minister himself to do even the right thing. Our so called civil society members, since 1948,  like Nirmal Dewasiri or Nalin De Silva believe they have fought hard and still fighting hard to further the interests of our people and nation. However though, the Auditor General of Sri Lanka, Gamini Wijesinghe, says our island is in a deep debt crises, and it is being worsened since seventies. Now the measurable debt amount, he stipulates, is over half of million rupees per person. It is depressingly sad and make reasonable people angry. What is the long term solution? Different administration for another five years? May be give the power to JVP this time?

Our President yet again let the Ranil to get away with his own agenda becoming the Minister of Law and Order. We all know that this happens despite the fact that Ranil himself facing grave allegations about his wrongdoing into the Bond Scam. And his other two members of same criminal enterprise are in prison. Listen to D.E.W Gunasekara, the chairman of the Bond Commission, explicitly saying Ranil is the mastermind of this scam. It is hypocritical to take a neutral stance saying he is innocent until proven otherwise. It is such blatant.

I guess, we ought to realize few things by now about our governing module since 1948. Have we managed to develop our country to be ‘the Peal of Indian Ocean’ or ‘The Land Like No Other’ as the slogans our Tourism Development Authorities constantly uses to promote Sri Lanka? That is despite the fact that they cannot even build a single functional toilet and maintain it’s services places like in Horton Plains or keep the places like Muthurajawela out of Garbage from their own Minister John Amarathunga, Minister of Tourism.

Our career politicians have always looked to survive their five year term. Naming and shaming happen always, one political party after the other. As Nalin De Silva rightly says, politicians have managed all these year just giving false promises to people. And when they fail on those promises, the people are given more false promises. And these false promises keep them afloat until next election time. One guy who clearly understood this is Prabhakaran. He had once said that Sri Lankans remember things only for a while. May be it is just the tropical heat, but it does not matter, we ought to break this dehumanizing chain for the sake of our Mother Land and its future. For your children and for the sake of our mother nature.

Max Webber says nation-state is a result of actions conducted by passionate individuals. Nation states are not built by career politicians who only get busier closer to election. In this outset, we had to realized that best empirically proven governing model in today’s world exist in China. Not in places like US or UK any longer, neither in Scandinavia. Look at the Trump or Brexit. They are the results of democracy. As D.E.W Gunasekara says our country has no savings to pay for our teachers in schools or to pay hospital bills, yet alone to invest money to build our infrastructure.

We shall soon welcome a passionate individual to lead us. There is a guy who loves our country and has a vision for the country. It is a fact that all the bad done to build a stronger and prouder nation shall be forgiven. Look at the example of all western nations and their infrastructures. Most of them built by Kings. And the exceptional US was built out of fear for them. No loans are bad loans if used for long term strategic investments. No killing is criminal if the intention behind to do so was to undisturbed development of nation.

Protection of the dignity of our sovereignty shall never be compromised by the false idea of idealism. I wish all of us to have strength to vote for a passionate individual in coming election.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

United front - Otara Gunewardene, Sajeewa Chamikara and Bodu Bala Sena

It is perilous time. So, the obvious also has to be stipulated. 

The authority which is in-charge of an action or inaction and orders something to do or not to do shall be accountable for relevant actions or inactions taken. The authorities could react officially ignoring the issue at hand too.

Each politician, bureaucrat and institution shall be accountable for the actions, inactions and ignorance within the scope of their relevant mandates. If cheap politicians are driven only by the votes, not by long term national interests, then the bureaucrats are there to preserve the interests of locals, which shall always align with the long term interests of nation. The strength of civil society and its organizations are measured upon the influence they possess on the politicians and the bureaucrats making them accountable upon when they evade their professional responsibilities aligned with the interest of people and nation. When politicians and the bureaucrats fail to adhere to their mandate, disciplinary actions need to be taken against them. When the politicians are disoriented from the real interest of nation, the pillars of civil society should come together in the interest of nation to bring those politicians and bureaucrats to justice creating examples for future generations. Otara Gunewardene, Sajeewa Chamikara and Bodu Bala Sena could establish a united front against the much discussed archeological and forest reserves destruction.

It seems though, these obvious facts on authority and accountability are becoming very vague in many aspect in Sri Lankan state-making. Our interest in this article is to bring attention to the destruction of national forest reserve and archeological sites. There are no greater crime than neglecting the duties to protect forest and archeological inheritance. These crimes shall not come only within the relevant local jurisdiction but also through universal jurisdiction.

It is all over media that archaeological sites are being vandalized and national forest reserves are being encroached. The beginning of destruction of Wilpattu goes back to 2015. And unethical practices in archaeological sites like Kuragala and Kalu Diya Pokuna in Kandalama have been very well documented. Lands encroachment activities in eastern province of Buddhist temple have also become like a mantra these days.

Who is accountable for neglecting duties for these crimes?

Who is accountable for initiation of destruction of Wilpattu? And who is accountable ignoring the distraction of archaeological sites?

It has to be obvious that who is in charge of preserving the National Forest Reserves and Archeological sites in Sri Lanka. Extraordinary gazette may exist and they shall be respected within due reason – reason is remained and determined within the nation interest. But generally speaking no complications should exist as to whom duty is it to protect the land of Wilpattu. Nor shall any complications should exist as to who is accountable neglecting Kuragala or Kalu Diya Pokuna archaeological sites and land encroachments in the east.   

As the main political parties are always up to minority votes and therefore will not raise these issues - as Magalkande Sudaththa Thera also states – in public we, as a members of civil society, have to rely on institutions and bureaucrats in place to protect our national interests. In these cases local Gramasevakas, divisional secretariats and secretaries in relevant departments come to my mind.  
One thing has to be very clear to us. It is that politicians and their departments have two different jobs. Politicians may come and go but these departments and their bureaucrats stay. And the bureaucrats in these departments are responsible for their actions, inactions and ignorance.  And they are accountable to the public by their mandate and public law.

No secretary is obliged to sign in for an irrational request made by his or her superiors. Each and every action of secretary shall comply with the interest of nation and his or her relevant mandates. If the mandate is not cohesive with the long term interests of our nation then it is another issue – an issue need to be dealt separately.

And if the bureaucrats insist that the political pressure is too strong to stand against an irrational political development the bureaucrat always possess few options as a patriotic individual. These options may will not be codified options but a true bureaucrat always know when and how to materialize these tools when the national interest at stake. From trying to convey the right from wrong to the superior to leak the information to opposite political party as a resort always exist. The media and the civil society organization are also there to come to rescue these bureaucrats. The whole point is that the bureaucrats shall stand firmly with the interest of nation. When all the resorts are exhausted the resignation of the bureaucrat remains as the most dignified action left. Those good deeds are always remembered by worthy dignitaries reassuring future prospects of these firm individuals.

A lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ keep these the bureaucrats playing according to and with politicians. Therefore, then civil society organizations and pillars of them need to come together for those worthy causes.  Setting precedence in a developing country like ours has to take place now. We shall know how to maximize the legal tools available against the bureaucrats and politicians in the interest of our nation.

Otara Gunewardene is a pillar of our civil society who is really passionate about the preservation of Sri Lankan nature. Her leadership skills are unquestionable. Sajeewa Chamikara is also another pillar in nature preservation. For definitive answers everyone tend to listen to Chamikara on nature issues. Some concerns of Bodu Bala Sena could also be tunneled together towards a strong working coalition to bring those perpetrators to justice for the sake of our nation. Allegation for being an extremist organization need to be dwarfed by the greater good that these parties could achieve together. Furthermore, few social media groups, which indicate that they could be worthy stakeholders in such coalition, could also be welcomed. But an ideal coalition would be a small group but a united front behind one true leadership towards few specific goals - may this be a temporary assimilation if needed.

One true goal shall be bringing the perpetrators justice on destroying Wilpattu National Park and Archaeological sites. No matter what who gave the definitive order to cut down the trees in Wilpattu, who neglected the duties in Kuragala and Kalu Diya Pokuna have to be investigated. Going there to file the individual cases and following up all the cases with financial assistance would be paramount. If the domestic legal framework proven to be biased and ineffective a such united front shall prepare to materialize all the international resources available until precedence are made for future generations that no such negligence of duties would be carried out in the future.

If we do not unite to bring perpetrators to justice today no one will take them in the future too.

It is our duty, as well-informed and most-privilege members of civil society, to act.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka

No pacifist idealism has ever created strong and proud nations.

The perception that G Ganasara Thera is an extremist is written in many UN papers, BBC new reports and Aljazeera’s. 

No denial that some minor part of Sinhala Buddhists too are thinking GG as an extremist. But most tolerate him and some aspire him. They all seems to understand that in a nation like ours, where no politician seems to be accountable for the electorate to protect their national interest, what is wrong with the good-old-age Buddhist valor to remind to others Sri Lanka’s Buddhists national identity and its national interest.

The thing is that most critics of GG never seek out about the fact of the rout causes. Widespread fear of Muslim expansionism, deforestation of Wilpattu National Reserve and an attempt to clear off an area in Kulamarippu National Forest Reserve by Rishard Badurdeen, Muslim parliamentarian, and evidently visible destruction of pre-historic and historic archeological sites by some Muslim communities are grave concerns for majority Sinhalese, mainly for Buddhists. A statement made by Mano Ganeshwaram, another Tamil parliamentarian, few days ago, has triggered a dire concern among Sinhala Buddhists. He stated that nowhere in the Sri Lankan constitution it stipulates Sri Lanka is a Buddhist nation.

G Gnanasara Thero 

M. K Shivajilingum too, another Tamil parliamentarian, did openly challenge the country’s President not to visit North at the time of Tamil celebration of genocide week. Every year, he commemorates the death of terrorists and bystanders of 2009. This is on the Sri Lankan independent day, as it shall be. No European nation celebrates Hitler or Nazis or bystanders who perished with them on their respective independent days. So does the Americans; Abraham Lincoln is celebrated not Jefferson Davis or bystanders perished with him. Chairman Mao and Red army is celebrated not the nationalists or bystanders.

The violation of this simple norm constitutes a grave danger to national identity and interest. No systematic actions are taking place either by any of law enforcement authorizes in Sri Lanka to neutralize these ongoing provocations.  

Tolerance of minorities and mutually benefiting diversity within boarders must be protected by natural law. But when the very diversity and tolerance challenge the overarching ideology of the state it shall also be dealt with the same laws. But the protecting this Sinhala Buddhist identity is being questioned by global-cosmopolitans and pluralists.

Sri Lanka’s challenge is to stand up to those criticism with real realist rigor. Real forefathers of ours have left no doubt of the process of nation building and tolerance of people within it. No nation as such was ever built by pacifists. Behind the creation of each powerful nations lie the graveyards of millions. And it is on the winner’s term the peace is written. No one ever question the Anglo-American ideology or deny the UK’s Christin heritage. So does the state of Saudi Arabia’s or Iran’s or India’s.  

No pluralist or cosmopolitan grievances need tolerated in the case of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a very young nation. Alien post war theories have no application in Sri Lankan case. The first step have already been taken in the right direction in 2009. And the country shall be a marching further in that right direction.

A state shall never be hesitant to enforce its core values on minorities. The long term trick is to make it works without even realizing it. Before that GG and many others seems to have very legitimate roles to play defining Sri Lankan Buddhist identity. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Playing with India and China - Principle positions

Photo credit : India Today
India is our greatest ally and it is our greatest strategic hurdle too. 

We have to take decisions based on only our national interests to play with India and China as major investing parties in Sri Lanka. It is more important then ever to do so since our Mother Land is in historical conjuncture. 

Geographical position of India and Sri Lanka have entangled us to play politics with India very cautiously. The relation of these two land masses'goes far back. For example the archaeological extracts found in Jaffna indicates influence of Indus Valley Civilisation in Sri Lanka. That is pre-historical. So, Mr. Modi is peaking to Sri Lankan Tamil community in Dickoya few weeks ago shall also be understood as a continuation of this inevitable natural entanglement of geopolitics. To me, weather British Empire poked in in this relationship or not we Sri Lankan have to play this geographical political game with India for eternity. We have to understand that Sri Lanka could not flourish not getting our international relation right with India. This is our first principle understandings. We have to get it right right now as we are in a historical era of our history.

China, on the other hand, is on the rise. No matter what pivot to Asia or we will ever do to contain China it is on rise. China deserves all its success. And there are a lot all nations could learn from Chinese political system. The mass Chinese psyche is as such one strong leader is aspired by them. And this strong leader is always guaranteed by its National People's Congress by hand picking the best available leader for its Chairmanship. Until whole communist system is corrupt to its core this strong leadership will be prevailed in China. Meanwhile, China will gain its due credibility within international community in every aspect – politically, economically, socially and all. 

So, as India and China are becoming principle investment parties to Sri Lanka, we have to delicately balance our interests between these two countries.  It will proven to be particularly difficult because they are playing ice-cold diplomacy between them too for the dominance in Asia. So, how are we going about doing this delicate balancing act? 

We have to first humbly realise how lucky we are with our geographical position in Indian ocean to receive this much attention.

We only have to stick to few simple principles and we are ready to rock with this two nations while all, India, China and Sri Lanka, are benefiting from such a cooperation. Understanding in our core that our country could not flourish without India and understanding that no matter what China is on rise is paramount. Those are the foundations of understanding Sri Lankan position among them. 

Sri Lankan have to understand that our Island has great potential to become a developed nation than India ever will. India is troubled with its one point two billions population and its energy scarcity. Attempt to raise the income of every single individual of Indians to the developed nation level is irremediable act.  It is also paramount to understand Indian administration will always try to play with our Tamil communities for its advantage. But India will never welcome a separate Tamil nation within Sri Lanka.

Having those principle understanding we shall warmly welcome Indian investments into the country. Even if India can never complete building its highways across its vast nation an insignificant fraction of its investment could do a lot in Sri Lanka. So, let India build highways and power plants and what not. But it is very wise to develop an in-depth compulsory research into investment opportunities that Sri Lanka could open to India. Long term strategic national interest of Sri Lanka shall pay a central role all investment opportunities of Sri Lanka, which we allow India to invest.

When it comes to Chinese investments we have to be wary about a lot of Chinese people coming with them, literally speaking. Opportunist Chinese are already exploiting Sri Lankan gem, tea and tourism industries. Some thinks that their opportunistic actions are balanced out with huge investments projects of the Chinese government. This kind of attitude is common among opportunist with Chinese investments in Africa and elsewhere too. 

To contain that king of nuance developments we have to be an equal investing partner to Chinese investments . 

Be equal investing partner

No nation can truly be proud of 100% foreign investments. We need to be pro-active partners to all investments. 

Yes, The Belt and Road initiative is distinctly Chinese. And it is going to change the world for ever. But that is not a good enough reason for us to refuse investing in mutually benefiting investment projects along the Belt and Road. No nation can truly be proud of 100% foreign investments. We shall take an active role in those Port City Projects and other investment projects. We shall prepare to bare the burden equally to earn our pride and our share in our history.

I sense only doing that we can control the adverse effect of a lot of Chinese coming with Chinese investments fact. One of very recent a frank communication with one of my dearest Chinese colleague was to offer me a story to leave with you. 

The story unfolds with we sharing a newspaper article about Chinese gem racket found in Ratnapura in Daily Mirror, around 5th of May this year. I pointed out to my colleague that Chinese are ruining their reputation in Sri Lanka too. After few exchanges of our viewpoints, he pointed out to me that “Why do you Sri Lankans not see Chinese are building big projects in Sri Lanka.” He seems to justify Chinese who smuggle gem in their anus and they do not pay due taxes to our authorities. These kind of Chinese practices have infiltrated in to Sri Lankan tourist and tea industry. Some are illegally taking out some of our precious herbal plants away from Sri Lanka too.

We have to understand that top level Chinese leadership and these opportunists have very little in common. The Chinese top level leadership only portrays vision, commitment and hard work in their political practices. Observe Chairman Mao, Deng Xiaoping or Xi Jinping. I do not think that it is their wish to exploit its partnering nations. But with its large population China government can never control all of its inhabitants.

Point of this article is Sri Lanka shall welcome Indian and Chinese investments cordially in to our economy. While Indian investment shall be monitored with long term national interests of Sri Lanka in mind Sri Lanka must try to be equal partner to Chinese investments to protect Sri Lanka’s pride.

When Sri Lanka have two principle investors we could always play with them for our interests. 

Sunday, 10 April 2016

We need passionate politicians not rational ones

A.S. Amarasinghe Vidanage
MA in International Security and Law in Denmark.
BA Horn in International Politics in London.
10 April 2016

It is is vague where reason ends and passion begins. But it becomes somewhat explicit if
one places Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapakshas to the passionate side and Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe’s government to the reasonable side.  

While MR and GR were passionate about defeating terrorism and its aftermath MS and RW are rational about everything from electricity shortage in our country to regarding our position as a nation-state among international community. Destiny of a nation, for its good, is not determined by the reasonable leaders but by the passionate ones.   

I explain why I prefer the side of passionate. The passion is what moves and changes things rapidly. It moves things to the next level. Rational minds are always in doubt and less progressive.     

The greatest recent example of a passionate leadership, within our nation, comes from the actions of MR and GR’s conclusion of thirty years of war and their postwar developments.  As none of the contemporary middle eastern countries are capable of eradicating terrorism from their soils for decades what MR and GR did is historical and need to be appreciated. It was MR who was defiant against David Milliban and Bernard Kouchner to protect our interests.  The conclusion of war was a result of his passionate leadership, which paralleled with unique geopolitical occurrences. A rational Defence Secretary would only have doubted the conclusion of war upon those Indian and UK diplomacy.       

Not only that, since May 2009, Sri Lanka was acting like a proud nation. With the help of Chinese Gov - this China needs us and we need China fact is a need. It is not driven by the desire of China to control Sri Lankan politics - a network of highways and many things were built. Back then, I was a proud Sri Lankan citizen in UK. I knew that what we have gained is going to last for ever. I saw the future that our children walk proud with their heads high as equals with any other proud nation. That all changed when a ‘Napunsaka Government, was enacted in the Parliament by a tiny majority. We have been a victims of the slogans of Human Rights and rationality ever since. As classic realpolitik always gets its way we are once again been consumed by the agendas of US, UK and Indians.   

Max Weber once said that no country that never new physical force against its
enemies, whether it is internal or external, ever becomes a state. No state becomes strong or proud by just protecting blind human rights. In fact, the mantra of human rights is keeping developing nations in perceptual development. It is David Hume who once said that reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. It is under this passion of our leaders that we ought to find our security, prosperity, art and humanity. Not the other way around.

Now we are again a victim of the conviction of Imanuel Kant who concluded that ‘all our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.’ Ironically, as the time has gone passed, those same western nations, which stipulated the reason and human rights to us, have gone irremediably wrong with their convictions, A system of Chinese governing is increasingly gaining momentum. None of those idealistic convictions had ever stopped the powerful nations, since the WW II, trying to gain upper hand in international relations. Millions of innocents were killed, bombed, and displaced under those idealistic pretexts. It teaches only the physical force keeps the world order. Now so called idealistic nations have rotten from within. David Cameron is actively opposing Human rights charters. And its 4-year-term leaders have made the country a place to launder money to rich and powerful. It is another matter why the US still possesses some political spaces left for passionate politicians - the US is a an unique case.

Our beautiful Sri Lanka begs reforms. We need accountable institutions and
bureaucracy to run it. Our cities and roads were never built to suite our tropical climate. Trees canopies along the roads and cities which prioritise pedestrians’ needs are yet to be designed. Garbage along the roads are piling. None of these things will ever change under rational politicians when their focus is about the 4-year-terms at their hands. We desperately need passionate politicians for our nation.

We need politicians like MR and GR back.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Should we pretend to stay away from China?

           David Cameron’s Britain has not even a slightest hesitation or a shame to call Britain as China’s best friend in Europe, as Cameron received Xi Jinping in London for a state visit.

David Cameron And Chinese President Xi Jinping Visit Princes Risborough Pub

It is only the pragmatic classic British politics at its best is playing in this challenging times.

But for our Sri Lankan politicians, it seems, China is only to be associated with if no other country paying attention to our relationship with China. It is really shame that this happens after so much China has done for our country in past years. 

Quite the opposite that we went haywire when Ranil Wickramasinghe visited Japan, an arch historical rival of China. There comes no sign from the Sri Lankan Government that it has any idea of contemporary international relations.

How come that when we even hesitate to show our due gratitude to China for what it has already done for our country - let alone to realise what we could do together in coming years and decades – while our former colonial master embraces China? If Cameron does not have any issue to call Britain is China’s best friend in Europe why shall our President Maithreepala Sirisena or any other Sri Lankan politicians have an issue? It only shows the mentality of developing nation.

It is the era that we want to the U.S. to say how well our economy is doing after the power shift. 
Welcoming attitude of Japan and India is part of New Great Game that the U.S. and China is playing whereas countries like Sri Lanka which happened to have some significant geographical importance in that game has to choose sides.

Shinzo Abe is a too cunning and pragmatic politician who is trying to eat butter from a sharp edged knife when it comes to his political manoeuvres with U.S. and its domestic policies he pursues. He is a determined character to push for a Japanese defensive army while he perfectly knows Japan stands no chance at all with China if that comes to that and the U.S. have left Japan for good. It is no secret that Obama administration has made the Asia-Pacific region as the U.S.’ pivotal security concern in coming decades.

Hence India, Japan and U.S. have teamed up for common course of curtailing China, new Great Game. We have no escape from this big boys’ play but to learn what this interconnected globalised world offers to countries like us in these modern times.

What we need in our politic is the continuation of policies which priorities are given to constant development of our country and people. This is a historic time that we have to be crystal clear about whom are our foes and whom our true friends are.

This uncanny pretension may risk our development.