The four-year fall­out

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

How time changes. How fond­ness turn to bit­ter­ness. How trust turn to mis­trust and how loy­alty turns to treach­ery. Not even four and a half years ago they were co con­spir­a­tors, keep­ing se­cret ren­dezvous in the cover of dark­ness for a na­tion to meet its tryst with des­tiny. Mak­ing se­cret phone calls at night on Viber so no one could tap or eaves­drop on their af­ter dark se­cret con­ver­sa­tions. She was the men­tor and he the pro­tégé and even af­ter spring­ing upon the na­tion the sur­prise of the cen­tury on Novem­ber 21, 2014 to an­nounce his in­ten­tion to con­test the Jan­uary 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and be the David in Go­liath’s den, even af­ter his elec­tion as pres­i­dent, he still re­spect­fully ad­dressed her as madam. Now no more.

Four years on, on the eve of his fourth year as pres­i­dent, they meet again to com­mem­o­rate the 122nd birth an­niver­sary of her fa­ther S. W. R. D. Ban­daranaike, the founder of the SLFP. They sit next to each other, not even a foot away. But they are miles apart. An iron cur­tain of ice has fallen be­tween them. Not a sin­gle word of pleas- antry is ex­changed, no eye con­tact is made. The to­tal ig­nore. And the si­lence tells the story of the prin- cess who kissed the frog and made him king and the fall­out that made them not live hap­pily there­after.

THE WAY THEY WERE AND THE WAY THEY ARE NOW: Chan­drika and Maithri­pala at the event to com­mem­o­rate the 122nd birth an­niver­sary of SWRD Ban­daranaike

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