Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Presidential Ambition!

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Presidential Ambition! Despite Competition Among His Brothers For The Sri Lankan Presidency, Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wants His Son Namal Rajapaksa To Become President. Sri Lanka’s uneasy coalition is expected to hobble along till the presidential elections next year, but it is not only the government that is in trouble. The opposition too is in trouble, trying to choose a candidate.
The uncertainty over the contender at the 2019 vote is at the nub of wrangling between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as they both harbour hopes of contesting.
Within the opposition ranks, the euphoria that followed the February local council victory has given way to fissures within the newly formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Was Pottu Amman Alive?

Was Pottu Amman Alive?
The most reliable source which proved that Pottu Amman died along with Prabhakaran was the interview given by Sea Tiger Chief

Soosai’s wife.

Sea tigers chief Soosai’s wife and children tried to escape to India on 14th May 2009 but within few minutes their boat was captured.Earlier they were considered as civilians but when they reach camp they were identified by already surrendered LTTE cadres. Soon Army took them under custody.
She told(public interview) that when she left the LTTE controlled area her husband Soosai, Pottu Amman, Prabhakaran and his family were still present there and were alive. Within few days army crushed that small area and killed most people. So there was not even a small chance that he might escaped within such small time. At that time Sri Lankan and Indian Navy(near Indian waters) were involved in heavy patrolling along those coastal areas. So virtually there was no chance to escape for him.
But she also made it clear that she didn’t saw Prabhakaran or his family but knew that they were there. She even didn’t see Amman there. So there is no concrete evidence that he was present there
Pottu Amman body was not found raising speculations that he must have escaped before the final battle.
But facts show that he was with Prabhakaran until the previous night.
It was speculated he must have betrayed Prabhakaran into a trap and bought his life .(Please read my Bleeding Island through Partridge Publications).
Many LTTE leaders were caught alive, confined secretly and disappeared later.
Pottu Amman could have been one.

What is peace?

For millennia, philosophers, religious thinkers and political activists have written about and demonstrated for ‘peace’ and decried war. Yet a ‘philosophy’ of peace is still in its infancy. And while theorists, strategists, tacticians and planners of war and ‘security studies’ dominate both the academy and the halls of power, philosophers who profess and march for peace do so outside the mainstream philosophical curriculum, far removed from those with the power to make and enforce important political decisions, and often to the dismay and castigation of their more colleagues.
Perhaps ‘peace’ is like ‘happiness’,‘justice’,‘health’ and other human ideals, something every person and culture claims to desire and venerate, but which few if any achieve, at least on an enduring basis. Why are peace, justice and happiness so desirable, but also so intangible an delusive? But perhaps peace is different from happiness, since it seems to require social harmony and political enfranchisement, whereas happiness appears, at least in Western culture, to belargely an individual matter.
Spiritual and religious leaders from the Buddha and Jesus to Gandhi and the Dalai Lama have been inclined to equate peace and love, both in their inner dimensions and in the manner in which people who are spiritually developed interact with others, most acutely with those who may hate and envy them.
Many philosophical, religious and cultural traditions have referred to peace in its ‘positive’ sense. Peace is dialectical. In this world, peace is neither a timeless essence – an unchanging ideal substance– nor a mere name without a reference, a form without content. Peace is also not the mere absence of war in a Hobbesian world of unending violent conflict.Peace is both a means of personal and collective ethical transformation and an aspiration to cleanse the planet of human-inflicted destruction.
‘Peace on earth’ might in fact be unachievable, at least for a sustained period of time.That does not invalidate the struggle to achieve a world with greater justice and equity and without violence, or at least with significantly less violence, injustice and inequity. On the contrary, the nonviolent struggle to liberate humanity from its means of self-destruction and self-enslavement is its own end.
Terror and terrorism, however, are incompatible with peace, peacemaking and the struggle to pacify existence. As I have argued elsewhere, terrorism is a dual phenomenon, a tactic used by states (terrorism from above) and by non-state actors (terrorism from below) to induce fear in terrorized people for the purpose of influencing another, less vulnerable, population, such as government officials .
First, the focus is on peace, a relation between parties, not on security. Second, peace depends on transformation of another relation between parties, conflict. And,the opposite of peace, violence, is seen as the outcome of un-transformed conflict. Third, for conflict transformation we need transcendence, going beyond the goals of the parties. Fourth, whereas classical mediation brings parties together for negotiation and compromise,the TRANSCEND approach starts with one party at a time, in deep dialogue, and in a jointcreative search for a new reality.
Fifth, there is more to this than mediation. The approach is holistic, with a dynamic process model relating conflict and peace. So we need insight in the past for diagnosis, and in the future for prognosis and therapy.We need description for diagnosis and prognosis, and prescription for therapy. And we need a counter factual therapy of the past.