North Korea’s government follows the Juche ideology of self-reliance, developed by the country’s former President, Kim Il-sung. After his death, Kim Il-sung was declared to be the country’s Eternal President. After Il-Sung, his son King jong Il came to power, now his son Kim Jong Un rules the country. This reminds me a famous saying among Sri Lankan state media :
“Mahinda Rajanani, Oba semadaa ape Janapathi!”
translated to English it means “Oh King Mahinda you will be our President forever!”
Juche, a political thesis formed by Kim Il-sung,became the official state ideology when the country adopted a new constitution in 1972, though Kim Il-sung had been using it to form policy since at least as early as 1955. This reminds me the “Mahinda Chinthanaya.”
After the collapse of the Soviet Union and a series of natural disasters, a famine occurred, causing the death of 900,000 to 2 million people. (We can expect something similar in the near future!) Facing these circumstances, leader Kim Jong-Il (thats Kim Il-sungs son) adopted Songun, or a “military-first” policy in order to strengthen the country and its government. (what will Namal adopt after his father kicks the bucket? “Namal Chinthanaya?”)
Officially a socialist republic, many media organisations outside North Korea report that it is a ‘totalitarian Stalinist’ dictatorship with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family, Kim family also hires radical facist shinto monks and thugs to oppress and repress those who stand against their autocratic rule and it’s one of the worst human rights records of any country.
Now is there a cult of personality and Thugs behind the Rajapaksha family or not? Who’s Mervyn, Who’s Duminda silva, Jule Amare, Ven. Gnanasara, Ven. Itthekande Saddhatissa?
North Korea is the world’s most militarised nation with a total of 9,495,000 active, reserve, and paramilitary personnel. Military has absolute power, has order to shoot anyone who acts againts country’s policy. Sri Lanka is slowly getting there, Remember Weliweriya Massacre?
Due to the government’s secretive nature and its reluctance to allow in foreigners, North Korea is today considered the world’s most isolated country and has thus been given the moniker “The Hermit Kingdom” by some.
Sri Lanka is getting there, slowly, but steadily. And has thus been given the moniker “Jilmart Island” (Jilmart = Inside Job)