The four-year fallout
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