To Live In Fear
I’ve written about the arrest of Fonseka. But I haven’t written about its effect on the society… The arrest of Sarath Fonseka confirms something I’ve said many times. In this country, anyone can be crushed… Deep down, we all know this. You could be wealthier than 99.9% of the population. You could be a writer, a journalist, a politician with a considerable civil power. You could be well connected, well informed. But the second the man with power decides it’s time for you to go, you will be gone, you will be crushed… Fonseka’s arrest has confirmed our fears are very real (not that we needed any confirmation. 11 dead journalists confirm a lot of things). After the election, and especially after Fonseka’s arrest, people barely even say anything against the government. Things like election frauds, Fonseka’s arrest, internet censorship, effort to ban Lanka Irida, are spoken in hushed voices. We know the truth. We will be crushed… Gotabhaya reminds me of Voldemort. In Harry Potter book series, people are so scared of him that they don’t speak his name. Instead they call him You-Know-Who, or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Fear can do wonders. Fear can even shrink your manhood.. It’s written in some long lost document, “In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise.”… It looks like the constitution of some country with the same name as ours. I wonder where this country’s located. Anyway, why don’t we too write something like that?