Bryan Nicholas has praised his relative, JRJ, in
The Island of September 8, 2006. He must be thinking that
the readership of The Island is gullible. He praises
JRJ’s achievements in the international arena.
Is Bryan Nicholas ignorant of the following:
1. India was our friendly neighbour when
JRJ came to power in 1977. He succeeded in reversing that
position. He also presided over the country during the first
foreign invasion if independent Sri Lanka (the great Indian
PARIPPU drop over Jaffna).
2. JRJ made our foreign policy foreign
with the assistance of his long-standing Foreign Minister, A. C.
S. Hameed. JRJ’s foreign policy fades into insignificance
compared to that of Mrs. Bandaranaike’s achievements.
On the domestic scene he succeeded in:
1. Democratising corruption.
2. In 1977 our country was unified and
undivided. I need not comment on how he messed it up.
3. Volumes have been written about Black July.
Finally, Nicholas makes a sorry attempt to
compare JRJ with Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill and
Konrad Adenauer. They didn’t leave their countries in a mess
when they left office.
I suggest we commemorate the September 17 as the
birthday of the great patriot Anagarika Dharmapala.
J K Wijedasa