Sangakkara Shows the Rajapaksas what is lacking in them
Sangakkara proves he is a true hero par excellence! rejects MaRa’s request to his face, and the billions offered…
Kumar Sangakkara, a cricketer of the rare breed of heroes and a gentleman to the finger tips proved what he is worth when he forthrightly and to the face of the Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse said, he cannot support latter’s election campaign .What is most striking and significant to note is, Sangakkara had boldly and openly told this without any hesitation, to Mahinda Rajapakse at Temple Trees and had been able to walk out unharmed.
Sangakkara prior to his tour overseas was invited by Mahinda to Temple Trees who requested Sangakkara to extend his support to him at the upcoming elections. Sangakkara had however politely rejected the request.
Mahinda had then requested Sangakkara to appear at least for an advertisement for him, which too he had declined. Mahinda had thereafter told him, as much as Rs. 2 to 3 billion! or any amount demanded can be paid to him in that regard, when Sangakkara had made it abundantly clear in no uncertain terms to Mahinda, he is playing cricket for the sake of the country, and not for political or monetary gains. So saying he has walked out of Temple Trees.
The people must consider themselves fortunate that there are still gentlemen cricketers par excellence like Sangakkara who are honorable sons of the Sri Lankan soil sincerely concerned about the country, as well as politicians like Maithripala who dared to lead a campaign after coming out from the Rajapakse camp against the ethanol dealers after making supreme self sacrifices in order to defeat the Rajapakse family, even though there are in their midst, scoundrels and betrayers like Dambulla Tennekoon who after making solemn promises to Maithri that he would wholeheartedly join Maithri in his campaign, at the last moment, sold his soul because of the filthy lucre in many millions offered by the Rajapakses, and a BMW car, and then subsequently hypocritically shed tears for an ‘appachchi ‘ (father) who supposedly appeared in a dream; shameless Attanayakes who after blabbering that an ‘army’ of 12000 UNP members will be formed by him against the Rajapakse family that is devastating the country, unconscionably pole vaulted with that whole list to the Rajapakse camp simply because of the colossal bribe in billions and a ministerial portfolio offered, thereby selling the honor of the party and people to whom he made grandiose promises as a UNP er just a while before somersaulting; and Gammanpila alias Gamba-pannina (leaping frogs) who in spotless white attire crowed from roof tops that he is prepared to sacrifice his life for the sake of the country, but within a night metamorphosed into a gemba (frog), and a betrayer of his own people, falling prey to the fat bundles of cash (bribes) offered by the Rajapaksas.
Honest honorable people do not survive only on food. They exist by inhaling the fragrant air of other qualities of honesty, integrity, humane qualities, self dignity and self honor. What Sangakkara proved is this truth, not before cameras, himself alone fearlessly and forthrightly, right before the so called omni -potentates at close quarters in their own palatial headquarters. It is that aforementioned fragrance Sangakkara spread to the entire country from his own lungs by his rectitude.
Indeed Sangakkara is a true hero par excellence. It is no easy task to become such a truly great hero. He has by his honorable conduct become a national icon instantly.