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.