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To Be Fair


We are quick to criticize; but slow to praise. President Sirisena is a much maligned man, especially after the Easter Sunday carnage. Let us also give praise when praise is due.

His decision not to pardon Gnanasara Thero on Vesak Day, resisting pressure from politicians and dusseela Buddhist monks is statesmanlike.

Media reported that former Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa and Thilanga Sumathipala had called for the release of Gnanasara Thero.

Dr Rajapaksa must be aware that Gnanasara Thero was jailed for contempt of court. The Thero aspires to be a leader of the people. If this is the example he sets as a leader, how will his followers behave vis-a-vis the country’s court system? Already the courts system is functioning under tremendous pressure to dispense justice without fear or favour. Dr Rajapaksa is also an attorney at law.

Another decision for which President Sirisena should be commended is the appointment of Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy as the Governor of the Central Bank when the Prime Minister was promoting for the post one of his lackeys, over the heads of those who were far more qualified.

Finally, in combating the latest terrorist threat- very successfully- there was no disproportionate use of force – something the media failed to highlight and give the prominence it deserved. President Sirisena is the Supreme Commander and the Minister in charge.


Brigadier Ranjan de Silva

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