Racism and provincial council elections



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It is clear that the UPFA or SLFP-led alliances has become the ruling party of Sri Lanka making UNP the alternative. The SLFP-led coalitions have ruled the country for more than half of the existence of the SLFP and the latter has been able to produce leaders who understand the country much better than those in the UNP. The SLFP can attract more than sixty five percent of the Sinhala Buddhists and had the SLFP leadership acted responsibly in selecting candidates in Trincomalee district the UPFA could have won that district.


 by Nalin de Silva


The provincial council showed that only the UPFA and the UNP could attract votes from all three communities Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim in Sri Lanka. It is said that the campaigning was racial in the eastern province and the TNA and the SLMC tried its best to woo the Tamil and Muslim voters but was not very successful in its attempts. They are single issue parties and are confined to certain areas in the country.


The only two national parties are the UPFA and the UNP, though some insignificant political parties especially from the left claim that they are also national parties. However, though they are given prominence by the media they are confined to less than 0.01 percent of the population and as far as elections are concerned they are only also ran parties. The JVP has to be satisfied with its three percent of votes.


As far as these parties of the "new left" are concerned they still live in the revolutionary dreams but as proved by the so called Arab Spring it is not necessary to have a local movement to instigate a "revolution" in a country and the parties such as the JVP could be used by their enemies in the capitalist world to safeguard their interests in the so-called third world. The western countries have come a long way after the Russian Revolution and now they know how to manipulate the so-called working class parties to keep the capitalist system going.


The only role the JVP and their break-away groups could play is very limited and confined to being agents of the capitalists or the western powers as we see them, though it appears to be a contradiction. However, it appears to be a contradiction only from the point of view of class politics but these parties who depend on western knowledge have no alternative.


The strikes by various trade unions including that of FUTA had no say whatsoever in the elections and I wonder why the FUTA did not campaign in the provincial council elections for their six per cent of the GDP for the education in the three provinces. I remember people such as Prof. Sarachchandra campaigning against the educational policies of Mr. Iriyagolla and the UNP, though both the UNP and leadership including some leaders of FUTA who wanted to contest elections from the UNP, not long ago, have forgotten the battles FUTA has had with UNP administrations and the effectiveness of those campaigns by the academics.


However, FUTA is now reduced to an organization that has to depend on the JVP and the UNP to organize their rallies thinking of an "Academic Spring" reminding us the role played by organizations that use western knowledge as formulated by the intellectuals of those countries. It is very clear the people have ignored completely the FUTA strike and their demand of the six percent of the GDP for education, in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and the Eastern Provinces. These provinces cannot claim to have the best educational facilities in the country, and the academics whether they are intellectuals or not should be able to realize that the people have totally ignored the FUTA demand on the improvement of education. The people are smart enough to understand that in spite of its rhetoric FUTA is only after a salary increase for the lecturers and the people though they may not be intellectuals cannot be fooled by the FUTA leadership.


It is clear that the UPFA or SLFP-led alliances has become the ruling party of Sri Lanka making UNP the alternative. The SLFP-led coalitions have ruled the country for more than half of the existence of the SLFP and the latter has been able to produce leaders who understand the country much better than those in the UNP. The SLFP can attract more than sixty five percent of the Sinhala Buddhists and had the SLFP leadership acted responsibly in selecting candidates in Trincomalee district the UPFA could have won that district.


Having consolidated their position among the Sinhala people in the country the SLFP led coalition is now gaining the support of the Tamils also gradually. The Muslims have voted for the SLFP from the beginning but here again there appears to be a better acceptance by the Muslim community of the SLFP-led coalitions. The SLFP is becoming a party accepted by all the communities.


It is futile for the SLMC and the TNA to engage in communal politics and what they should do is to support the UPFA in the eastern province to develop the area without being agents of any foreign powers.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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