expropriate any private land anywhere, just by labelling it a ‘Protection Area’, ‘ConservationArea’, Architectural/Historic area’ or ‘Sacred Area’.On 2nd December 2011, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaykedecreed that the new bill cannot be presented to parliament without the consent of all provincialcouncils as land is a devolved subject. A few days later, the government withdrew the Bill.In less than a year, the regime introduced a punitive impeachment motion against the CJ.Within months, she was hounded out and a Rajapaksa-acolyte installed atop the judiciary.Last week, the de facto Chief Justice proved his loyalty to his puppet-masters, again, bydecreeing that land is not a devolved subject.That watershed decision is a blow not just to Tamil-rights but also to the basic rights andfreedoms of all Lankans. For instance, there is nothing to prevent the regime fromreintroducing the land-grabbing ‘Sacred Areas Act’ to the common detriment of Sinhalese,Tamils and Muslims.That the Siblings are furious about the outcome of the Northern PC poll is no secret. The Northern vote is not just a challenge to the Rajapaksa efforts to monopolise all power infamilial hands; it is also a personal affront. After all, ‘Northern Spring’, the regime’s flagship‘development’ programme for the North, was personally headed by Basil Rajapaksa. The Tamil people, by exercising their democratic right, have humiliated the Siblings. And the Rajapaksasnever pardon an ‘insult’, as the fates of Sarath Fonseka and Shirani Bandaranayakedemonstrate. When Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second ‘Oxford Lecture’ was cancelled due toDiaspora-Tamil protests, he responded by reintroducing the Sinhala Only National Anthem!The Rajapaksa attitude to Lankans in general and the Tamils in particular is rather similar to theattitude of colonial rulers towards their subject people. Colonialists loved to claim that thenatives must be occupied, guided, taught…and punished, for their own good. In the Rajapaksa- Nerverland too, people are eternal juveniles, stupid, gullible, incapable of realising their own best interests. They too need to be monitored and guided – and punished when they stray.