could learn a lesson from his junior
My Dear Jay Jay
I thought I must write to you because you seem to be in the
news for all the wrong reasons these days. But then, when I come
to think of it, whenever you were in the news it was for the wrong
reasons but you being the political animal that you are would say
that there is no such thing as bad publicity!
But Jay Jay,
whatever others may say, I thought that your attempted visit to
the North was a brilliant exercise in public relations. Why, you
even managed to look genuinely scared when all those young Tigers
surrounded your vehicle!
And here we
have pundits querying how dare they prevent a Minister from visiting
that part of the country with only a ceasefire and some interim
proposals being bandied about. What would happen if more powers
were to be handed over to them, they ask?
But that was
never the idea, was it, Jay Jay? Here you were, accused by all of
being a Tiger yourself with many trips to the North while you were
still in the Opposition and a ceasefire was only a distant dream.
And no matter what you said, no one really believed you when you
said you had no links with Velu's boys. But now, with this single
incident, everyone has forgotten all that and is willing to accept
you when you say that you are not on their side!
your intentions, many would still say that it was wrong for the
Terror Boys to prevent you from attending that event. Here we are,
agreeing to ceasefires and interim administrations and doling out
money to rebuild the region and then they turn around and say we
will take all that but this is our region and so you have no right
to be here because 'your' Army is till in 'our' area!
It just maybe
Velu has learnt this pot-calling-the-kettle-black strategy from
the British High Commission in Colombo. I say so, Jay Jay, because
the Brits have begun fingerprinting Visa applicants in Colombo like
common criminals-and they say they have "selected" Sri
Lanka for this "privilege" and our government doesn't
even utter a word of protest! Maybe we should insist that their
Visa officers-who were recently found to be selling Visas for money-
be fingerprinted before they come here because we don't want British
criminals crowding our already overcrowded criminal world, do we?
Jay, we are sure that you will make many more visits to Jaffna despite
the difficulties you encountered last week. After all, you are the
Minister of Rehabilitation, though these days you may be hearing
people tell you that rehabilitation, like charity, begins at home
the trick of survival now is to learn from the younger generation.
So, when you next visit Jaffna, take Junior along. That way, when
they refuse you entry, he can ask, "Do you know who we are?"
and proceed to bash up a few Tigers and they may even end up in