Peace for the World

Peace for the World
First democratic leader of Justice the Godfather of the Sri Lankan Tamil Struggle: Honourable Samuel James Veluppillai Chelvanayakam

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nature, rationale and need for security

  • 2017-05-12
  • MR’s security contingent consisted of some 229 security personnel, and was axed to 187
  • Security for politicians has major, destructive impacts on society  
  • Security has today become a cultural factor with a social cost  
In early 1990 while in parliament, opposition MP Mahinda Rajapaksa who was then campaigning on human rights violations in the South during President Premadasa’s rule, was called by State Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne and told personally, he would be provided with two army personnel for security reasons. Mahinda first declined saying he had two police constables to provide him security. But Minister Wijeratne insisted he should have two army personnel for his security as the threat was high. Mahinda Rajapaksa thus became the first MP to have army personnel for security.