A few weeks ago when Noam Chomsky declared that the United States has ceased to behave like a democracy, the statement made international headlines despite its predictability.
Speaking at an audience in Bonn, Germany, Chomsky, voted ‘the world’s top intellectual,’ maintained that the United States is nothing but a plutocracy - a political system run and dominated by a handful of people.
Even otherwise the United States remains a complex state which had compounded global issues and jeopardised political and environmental equilibrium of planet earth. Whoever, becomes its ally does so at his/her own peril.
Those who went ‘shopping’ for the US, especially the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, paid from their lives for internationalising local or regional conflicts.
Sri Lanka certainly is not the best democracy in the world. In fact, of late there has been a steady decline in the democratic values in all four pillars of democracy here.
Still it is in the best interestsof the people both in the North and the South that the new provincial government of the Northern Province keeps its borders intact and prevents outsiders from ‘internationalising’ the politics of the region.
It goes without saying that the global and regional powers as well as the diaspora community that comprised of individuals who had never stepped into the post-war North, consider the victory of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as one that they can exploit for maximum benefit.
The truth remains that the prevailing peaceful environment in the province, which enabled free and fair polls held on Saturday, did not come as a result of the west- engineered peace talks or political manipulations. Not even in their wildest dreams would the people in the North have dreamt of the day a person of the calibre of Justice Wigneswaran becoming the Chief Minister of the North if the war continued to ravage the region. Leave alone elections, there would not have been a conducive environment even for existence if Velupillai Prabhakaran had his way.
As such, ‘Chief Minister Wigneswaran,’ whether he likes it or not, is essentially a by-product of the war that wiped out the LTTE. Saturday’s free and fair polls were a triumph for democracy and heralded a new political dispensation in Northern Sri Lanka thanks to the war victory. Whether that war was fair or not, is a different question.
It's up to the Sri Lankan Government and Justice Wigneswaran to get over mutual mistrust by refusing to give in to the stringent ideology from both sides of the divide. Just like the way it allowed a free poll, the UPFA should ward-off whatever temptations to destabilise the new Provincial Government that swept into power with an absolute majority.
This certainly is going to be a difficult political relationship; one that is set to begin with an unprecedented degree of animosity. However, a failure to nurture and foster a rapport would spell disaster for both the centre and the periphery.
The Government and the new Chief Minister of the North have no choice but to come half-way and meet each other.