27 July, 2021

‘He Said The Army’s Too Strong, Sri Lanka Will Become Like Myanmar’

Guarded by army commandos, the retired Sri Lankan General sits in his new war room, preparing for Sri Lanka’s next big battle

‘He Said The Army’s Too Strong, Sri Lanka Will Become Like Myanmar’
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General (retd) Sarath Fonseka has found himself an office space in the posh neighbourhood of Colombo 7. Guarded by army commandos, Fonseka sits in his new war room, preparing for Sri Lanka’s next big battle—presidential elections 2010. A multi-party opposition coalition called the United National Front has pitted him as its candidate against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The last three years have been tumultuous for Fonseka. On April 25, 2006, an LTTE suicide bomber had tried to kill him. Two years, eight months and three weeks later, Fonseka’s troops were swarming over LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body near a lagoon in the island’s north-east. And then, within days of the LTTE being decimated and the nation rejoicing, Fonseka fell out with Rajapaksa. Excerpts from an interview the retired general gave to Satarupa Bhattacharjya:


Why did you quit the post of chief of defence staff and enter the electoral arena. And so soon after the...

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