Politicians in Sri Lanka should be given the biography of Che Guevara to read if they need a code of ethics said the Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP K.D. Lal Kantha participating in a ceremony organized by the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) and held today (5th) at the mahogany tree planted by Che Guevara at Yahalakele in Horana to mark ‘Che Commemorative Day’ which falls on 8th October.
Ernesto Che Guevara planted the mahogany tree at Yahalakelle when he visited Sri Lanka on 8th August, 1959.
Speaking further Mr. Lal Kantha said, “We know that Comrade Che’s photograph is displayed in three wheelers with pride. Also, youths in the country adorn t-shirts, caps and various other articles of clothing with the photograph of Comrade Che Guevara. Che has become a culture and a symbol of fashion for the youth. This should be admired. The SYU has carried out a massive task to tell the people in this country who Che is, what he did and why he should be taken as an example.
We, of the JVP, too take Comrade Che as an example. It is from Comrade Che that we have got the quality of voluntary dedication. Also, Che is one who carried out his responsibilities to the maximum but was prepared to cast away any responsibility on behalf of the objective and he did so. When he had the opportunity to lead an easy life in Cuba, he chose to go to Bolivia to fight for the people in that country.
We, as the JVP, have absorbed this example of Che. We are prepared to cast away anything to achieve our objective. Those who are unable to do so cannot remain with the JVP. We have given up seats in Parliament and other institution as well as ministerial posts. We have made bigger sacrifices. We did all that on behalf of our objective. It is more difficult to be a Che Guavarist than to be a JVPer. For, in history our enemies called us Che Guavarists. We would like to be called Che Guavarists today as well.
Che was born in one country, participated in a successful revolution in another country and died fighting for the people in a third country. We still do not have such an international practice. I too have not been able to become a good JVPer – to be like Che Guevara.
Many say Sri Lankan politics has deteriorated. But we say it has not deteriorated. However, politics of all other parties except that of the JVP has deteriorated. They have failed to give something good to masses. There is a discussion in the society that politicians should have a code of ethics. What should be done is to print Che’s biography and get the politicians in Sri Lanka to read it. Ethics necessary for politicians exist in Che’s life story. No one can write a code of ethics for politicians ignoring Che’s life,” said Mr. Lal kantha.
National Organizer of SYU Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayaka, the National Organizer of Socialist Students’ Union (SSU) Parliamentarian Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa and a large number of activists and members of SYU participated.