21 May, 2024

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Aragalaya Effect Vs IMF Effect

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Aragalaya Effect

Apart from the forced resignation of two Rajapaksas, one a President and the other Prime Minister, a potentially epoch-breaking effect of the 2022 Aragalaya was the uncompromising message it sent to Sri Lankan voters that the multiple crises engulfing the nation and bankrupted the national treasury could not be solved by patchwork measures, but only though a radical overthrow of the socio-political paradigm within which governments were chosen and the economy managed. That shattering message was encapsulated in the slogan, “system change”, accompanied by another, “No 225”, which expressed the rebels’ no confidence on the current legislature to bring about that change. But the protestors did not have any clue about the alternative system that they were longing for. Instead, they simply threw the gauntlet at the political parties in the field to take up that challenge. Only the National Peoples Power (NPP) under Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD) rose to the occasion, accepted that challenge and calling for a social revolution to get rid of the political culture that had dominated governance since independence.

While the old guards of the ruling system understood the aragalaya slogans they were not prepared to surrender and run away without a fight. Their immediate response was to elevate Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW), from being a backbencher and solitary representative of his UNP, to the position of President, and approve his call to invite the IMF to help rebuilding the shattered economy. RW is an experienced old guard schooled in the politics of his grand uncle JR, and IMF is a watchdog of an economic and financial model that rules open economies into which JR dragged Sri Lanka in 1978. Thus, the counter message from the old guards was clear. No system change, but continuation of the same with smoothening its rough edges. All political parties except NPP seem to have fallen in line with this stand. With IMF as the economic salvager and the existing socio-political paradigm its guardian, the UNP- LPP- SJB-SLFP conglomeration is desperately trying to find a common candidate to challenge AKD to make the Presidential confrontation a binary choice between system retention and system change. To that extent aragalaya has succeeded.

IMF Effect

No doubt IMF has brought a semblance of economic stability since it stepped in. Low in inflation around 1.5%, appreciating rupee against the dollar and currencies of trading partners, and increase in foreign reserves around $5 billion could be cited as evidence of this stability. RW is expecting this year’s growth to reach at least 3%. But they were achieved at the expense of severe belt tightening on the part of a majority of population and restricted imports. Low inflation and appreciating dollar haven’t reduced retail prices. Even then, there are still two major hurdles to cross: foreign debt restructuring and a persisting trade deficit. The ongoing negotiations on debt restructuring involve only $27 billion of the total $58 billion owing to bilateral and commercial creditors. RW hopes to reduce the debt level to 95% by 2032. It would take many years for Sri Lanka to become a debt free economy under the present system. Moreover, once negotiations are completed, hopefully on favourable terms, debt servicing should start, and it would be binding on any government that comes to power to honour that commitment. This would mean drain on foreign reserves. But the country’s trade balance continues to be in deficit in spite of restricted imports. Revenue from tourism and foreign remittances are helpful, but insufficient. That means exports have to increase. But the question is what exports and to which markets?  Given the economic volatility and gloom prevailing globally at the moment, about which IMF is fully aware of, the chances of earning trade surplus look difficult. RW’s export oriented high-tech industrialised economy by 2048 can remain just a dream for the time being. All this would mean that the IMF effect with its bent on cutting social spending to reduce budget deficit will cause even more pain in years to come especially to the lower end of income earners.  IMF approved Aswesuma is not going to compensate what is being lost through tax and tariff leakages. With this scenario to talk about an economic boom around the corner is presumptuous. RW and his fellow system retentionists would face an uphill task to sell the IMF effect to the voters at large.

Meanwhile, RW is manoeuvring to win preference from all political parties and factions except NPP to be nominated as the common candidate to fight against AKD. The economic recovery to which he is claiming credit is on a slippery slope. But to prove his case prices of a few selected items are being reduced artificially. Normally, prices fall when supply increases while demand remains constant or falls; but in RW’s Sri Lanka they fall as election approaches and voters are expected to fall for that ruse. Recently, when RW visited the hill country, he promised to increase the daily wages of estate workers to Rs. 1700. Is the government going to pay this or is he going to force the companies to pay? Is he going to introduce a minimum wage legislation applicable only to the estate sector? All this criticism does not mean that the way is clear and smooth for the system changers to win the race.

Home Work for System Changers

If the crowds that attended NPP’s May Day rallies in Matara, Colombo, Anuradhapura and Jaffna are an indication then that parry seems to be on a wining wicket. Aragalaya effect has increased NPP’s popularity among a new generation of voters. However, such massive rallies at May Day were seen even before when the leftists in 1950s and 1960s held theirs. Sadly, those crowds did not translate into votes at the ballot box. Therefore, to convert the “3 percent to 51 percent” NPP needs to do more homework. No doubt, the party is committed to system change, vowed to clean up corruption and bring to books those leaders and their apparatchiks who profited through corruption to the detriment of the economy.  AKD is promising a new political culture to improve governance and achieve ethnic reconciliation. But the most important challenge is the economy itself. True, like all other parties NPP also has committed to work with IMF with renegotiated terms and conditions. But beyond that the party’s economic strategies to increase local production, provide employment and earn a trade surplus require specific details. Just pronouncing to follow market friendly policies and promote economic partnership with friendly nations are insufficient.

The biggest drawback of the IMF experiment is its disproportionate emphasis on the monetary sector and neglect of the real sector. The belief that a strong monetary sector would pull the whole economy along growth path is a class-biased fallacy. Added to that is another fallacy based on the Law of One Price, which advocates that free movement of inputs and outputs with flexible exchange rates would lead to full employment and remove economic disparity among nations. Based on these fallacies economic planning even on sectoral levels has become an outdated philosophy. But China proved to be an exception and its rapid development with successive five-year plans is proof. NPP too needs to do some homework along this line.

Sri Lanka’s rural sector is the backbone of its economy. How to encourage adequate resource flows to that sector and increase its share in GDP is a crucial issue. Even regarding industries, focus must be on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), because of their employment potential. Rather than a blanket accommodation to any foreign investment, that investment’s benefit to the nation must be assessed and should be channelled to fill gaps left by SMEs. Market should be free of course, but should that mean freedom for mafias to hijack market forces?   

One of the basic requirements for sectoral planning is an up-to-date account of the resources available locally. Does the current government have this stock of information? If not, it has to be collected by the incoming government. This means people cannot expect miracles to happen overnight from system change. But all this have to be explained in a language understood by ordinary voters. Behind all economic jargons, theories and models there is common sense as Kenneth Galbraith used to argue. NPP political leaders must bring that economic sense to the understanding of ordinary voters. It is a challenging task, but it has to be done if the party wants to cross the line through the ballot box. NPP has some serious homework to be done. Its opponents do not have this problem, because they have passed the buck to the IMF.   

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Business School, Murdoch University, W. Australia   

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    Dr.AA, Unless the aragalaya effect is active again to chase the robbers to the eastern coast to hide, there will not be any change for the elections. RW is teargassing to kill the protests, so great care is needed to avoid his tricks.

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    Why on earth are they acting like born again today?
    What a tightrope walk for their economic plans?. Earlier, RANIL and his foreign trips based on IMF recommendations were criticised loudly by AKD et al as if nothing brought by them.

    At the outset, the AKD argued, we had many options other than turning to the IMF.

    That dried pumpkin from Galle, aka VASUDEWA NANANYAKKARA was the biggest resistance, but the bugger is today fully fallen to hibernation mode. Nor does he earn any respect either.

    The kind of hypocrites would have difficult times in their last days for sure. The harm their abusive politics has made is beyond estimation. Some times, it is more than real war-crimes.

    Today, AKD is educated and open-minded after his trips abroad. Even THISAHAMY (wedi nayaka) would change his attitutdes after meeting foreign delgations.
    You see, foreign revelations opened AKD’s eyes. Ranil sent him on a trip to India and AKD got his internship because he was able to meet some of the Indian leaders. TOday AKD is much riper than SJB leader.

    How can he change his mind today and say he will continue same IMF recomendations where RW left off if they are given the power to rule this country?

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      “But to prove his case prices of a few selected items are being reduced artificially. Normally, prices fall when supply increases “
      A rather strange statement from a purported economist. But then, Dr. Ali preaches from Australia, we mustn’t forget.
      Let’s take a few items:
      Onions have come down from 700 per Kg to 150. Why? Because India relaxed export restrictions. If that was artificial, it was Modi who did it.
      Tomatoes have fallen to 70 per Kg from 600. Why? Overproduction, not by Ranil but the farmers.
      Cargills sells chicken below 1000 per Kg. Is that artificial?
      Pork nowadays is around 1000 a Kg, the lowest in 2 years. Artificial? I think not.

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        Hello OC,
        I have never understood how prices change in Sri Lanka. I also don’t understand the disparity in prices between areas. In most Western Capitalist Countries there is little or no Government control on the prices of groceries or commodities. Taxes yes – and they do change usually at budget time. Fuel and Cigarettes are highly taxed in most European Countries. There is a much higher proportion of Hypermarkets in Europe and the US than here. So the large companies deal directly with producers and control the supply and prices paid to them. Cartels are against the law in most Western Countries but I am sure that there must be some collusion.
        So how does it work in Sri Lanka and what are the Political Parties saying they will do to bring stability regarding the cost of living?
        I didn’t realise that Dr Ali was a Divinity Dr 😉
        Best regards

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          LS,
          “I have never understood how prices change in Sri Lanka.”
          To start with, our peasant agriculture is hopelessly inefficient and wasteful.Harvests get decimated by rain, dry weather, or pests. Excess production is usually not stored , exported or processed, being sold for peanuts or dumped, as has been happening to tomatoes every year without fail.Currently ginger goes for 3000 a kilo, because there is no money to import it from China.
          Also, the state doesn’t want to rile up the ginger farmers who are minting money.
          The political parties peddle the usual nostrums like price control, which is worse than the disease, resulting in stuff disappearing overnight. They all claim the government will invest in storage and processing, but where is the money?
          Perhaps the government could, for a start, stop all farmers growing tomatoes or onions at the same time. What are those thousands of Agricultural advisors doing?

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    Ranil’s master plan works very well. Ranil has locked the country into the hands of Western powers through IMF. Now he creates an image that if he is not elected the Country will lose all economic benefits or go back to the period of worse than Gota period. This fear mongering drama was used by both two or three families who sold their religion for Christianity (British Rule) and again changed to Buddhism to cheat Sinhalese. Now they locked the country and all these families are prepared to sell the country part by part to various regional and western masters. It is up to the people to decide whether they want to continue with the same masters to sell rest of the country or protect the country from these robbers and murders further destruction.

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      Ajith, please do something to make citizens realize to chase away these robbers fast enough to preserve this land for its own citizens to live joyfully. Another term for them means misery and destruction for us all.

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      People are born into faiths. They have the right to choose another faith.
      If one’s ancestors changed faith as it was beneficial to do so why cannot one change back when it is a disadvantage to stay in that faith.
      Certainly, God Almighty will be more understanding than us mere humans.
      *
      There have been people whose ancestors did not convert but proved to be a bigger curse. I need not name names.to you.
      To sell one’s people to any foreign master has nothing to do with anyone’s religion. Eelam Tamil nationalists sold the Tamils effortlessly.

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    More than the entire tonnage of bombs dropped in World War II, was dropped on Vietnam. Vietnam’s problems were more than a bankruptcy.

    Visit Vietnam and observe how they have recovered today. ……. They do not turn a blind eye to corruption: the richest person was handed down the death sentence recently.

    Sri Lanka not only turns a blind eye to corruption, it encourages it. ……… If the laws are applied fairly and equally, most of Ranil’s ministers should be in jail: not in the cabinet.

    Ranil is a bullshitter.

    Sri Lanka’s president is a bullsitter. Sri Lanka’s Cabinet/parliament are bullshitters. Sri Lanka is a nation of bullshitters. How can Sri Lanka end up with anything other than bullshit? …….. And will be wallowing in bullshit as far as the eye can see.

    There is no other way to put it. …….. Anyone wants to contradict me?

    Why waste precious time writing polished learned tomes? ………. They have been written as far as I can remember ……. from the day I was born ……. nothing has changed …….. things have only gotten worse.

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      Some like Ranil …… some like AKD ……. some like Mahinda …….. Some like Sajith …….

      No one likes the truth …… or wants to face it.

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      nimal fernando, If you want change, please ask the powers who are able to do it. Ordinary citizens cannot go into nothingness. Heb.9,27 says “It is appointed for men to die once and after this the judgment” The one who created us alone has the power.

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      Nimal , just returned after few weeks of stay in Lanka. You are absolutely right in saying”Nothing has ( will ) changed……. witnessed May Day rallies, talked to locals , met friends from high school ( among few are in politics) . Most youngsters including students and professionals, plan to leave country after completion Yes ,
      ” Sham Lanka is full of it ( Bullshit) “.

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      nimal fernando

      “Visit Vietnam and observe how they have recovered today. ……. They do not turn a blind eye to corruption: the richest person was handed down the death sentence recently.”

      It is because it is not a Sinhala/Buddhist country nor run by Hindutvas.

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    Nearly 2 years have gone since Gota ran away from his post. But the “SYSTEM OF RULE’ he had put in place has NOT changed. Hence our[+ that of Aragalakarayos] HOPES is not easy to achieve. The current IGP + other security set up will be there to DASH our dreams/wishes. God save the ISLE from the evil doers.

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      Naman, Your dreams and wishes will not be dashed if you call on the power that is able to do it. Human effort alone is not sufficient to free humans from their sin laden nature however hard they try to do good. Not possible to be right with God by self-effort. Otherwise, Jesus the sinless died in vain to take on human sin and give the covenant exchange of righteousness to humans.

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        DTG,
        “Not possible to be right with God by self-effort.”
        The Philippines is a devoutly Catholic country. They pray a lot. But it is only a little better than Sri Lanka .Does prayer work only for some people?

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          old codger, Your generalizations are off the path. How do you know what Philippines pray about. Don’t you get answers to prayer, or do you pray at all.

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            Hello DTG,
            I know what the pray for. They pray for the opportunity to leave the Country, get a job in the Middle East and if they are women find an Arabic boyfriend who will buy them an iPhone and provide them with an apartment.
            I know it seems to be cynical and I know that it doesn’t apply to all. However that is what quite a few of my friends from the Philippines told me. A few of the women even had their prayers answered.
            I have never in my life prayed, even as a child I thought it was stupid.
            Best regards

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              LS,
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              “I have never in my life prayed, even as a child I thought it was stupid.”

              So was I . Thanks for your honesty. I will share mine below.
              .
              I thought praying like my elders or ones standing by are so stupid. One of my sisters too felt like that. But the eldest was always pretending to be seen as she is one of the strong buddhists the world ever produced. Everyone thought she would have been as such, but I never trusted her.
              .
              After coming to europe, I was forced to watch some link their hands around shortly before eating their supper and pray for god. It was a circus event for me, since I was not used. My black african friend too did that with his family (wife is white german) while closing their eyes doing so.
              I was also forced to go prayers on the weekends, as my student hostel belonged to anglican church. I secretly counted until the prayer sessions are over.
              :
              All in all, I thought how stupid one should be tied to prayers by force. Anyways, there is one single sentence ” jedem das seine (to each his own)” which accompanies my life. I dont look down upon anyone that are controlled by Bible or Quran. It should be their own religious freedom.

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            DTG,
            You don’t believe that Philippines is a Catholic country?
            Or is it that you don’t believe Catholics are true Christians?

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              old codger, Philippines is a catholic country and they are true Christians. What has all that got to do with you. Sad you don’t pray as your future is in the balance.

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                DTG,
                You are the one that said praying to God will solve our problems. It might not work here because this country is mostly Buddhist. But why doesn’t it work in a Catholic country?

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              OC,
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              The barbarians are preparing our criminals again.

              Lalkanta should be arrested for such statements. We must not tolerate brutal animators.
              .
              https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2024/05/12/news/23105/people-should-take-to-the-streets-with-weapons-k-d-lalkantha/
              .
              They are as bloodthirsty as my childhood friends from the 89-92 era. Friends were brutally murdered by them and their heads were hung on the gates of their houses.

  • 0
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    AKD needs to formulate plans to raise the tax brackets so those over $500,000 a month pay 24%-tax and more. Lower the taxi brackets and he will lose the vote of the professionals who subscribe to, and create the opportunity for SME’s – local restaurants and food industry, creches, educational centers, local food markets, local beauty and film industry, music industry, beauty industry, tourist industry, hotel industry etc. – large percentage of profits are going to the overseas shareholders in the hotel industry.

    Put a halt on the Ranilian and Rajapakserian drive of making Sri Lanka look like oil-rich Dubai and sassy Singapore in 2048. Increase the comfort levels of the Lankan Masses and create a Motherland we can be proud of.

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      Corrections: Tax brackets, not taxi brackets.

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    There are motor mechanics in our country who won’t drive but will repair
    break downs . AKD won’t drive . He will not buy spares but do welding that
    won’t last long . Country hasn’t yet seen a better alternative . Country men
    and women want miracles but JVP / NPP only promise to bring corrupt to
    justice . What they , the JVP / NPP don’t understand is , it is the public that is
    corrupt . Aragalaya was a complete flop . What happened was a Musical
    Chair . Change must happen but not from weapons to noise . At the moment
    no one is genuine about how the change will progress . Rope , Rope and Rope .

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      WhyWhy
      “What they , the JVP / NPP don’t understand is , it is the public that is corrupt . “
      Exactly what I have been saying all along. Our society is corrupt. Everyone uses the “shapeshape” system.

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        “Exactly what I have been saying all along. Our society is corrupt. Everyone uses the “shapeshape” system.”
        Have you ever analysed why the “society” is corrupt. What is the role of the Government to if the society are corrupt?
        Are you are saying that people are corrupt but politicians are very clean?

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          Ajith,
          There is more than one side to any issue. Politician are corrupt because people want favours from them in return for votes, at a very basic level. When a policeman hides behind a lamp-post to catch drivers breaking some obscure law, and the driver pays him off, aren’t both corrupt?
          Politicians know that people can be fooled with promises of free goodies. Isn’t that bribery? Who votes for politicians like “Raththaran” or that guy who was sentenced to death?
          “What is the role of the Government to if the society are corrupt?”
          The Government is elected by the people. The people will never elect someone who tells them to suffer for 10 years to develop the country, will they?

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          “Are you are saying that people are corrupt but politicians are very clean?”
          Bravo! Such an analytical mind.

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            Hello SJ,
            In the 1960s, 70s and early 80s whole Police Departments in the UK were corrupt (but don’t tell anyone). An example was the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/west-midlands-serious-crime-squad-police-unit-to-blame-for-dozens-more-injustices-1120219.html
            There is always a danger that police dealing with Criminals will be corrupted. One of the best reports that I have read is this https://www.mdpi.com/2075-471X/11/5/69 It deals with “The Causes of Police Corruption and Working towards Prevention in Conflict-Stricken States”
            “The causes of Police corruption include discretion, the absence of managers, superiors concealing malfeasance, low wages (resulting in bribery and extortion), high opportunities and low-risk penalties,”, Paying the Police a decent Salary in the UK went a long way to stopping Bribery and Extortion especially in the lower ranks.
            I have seen it first hand in Sri Lanka, especially amongst the Traffic Police; one of my friends calls it “Tax Collection”.
            Best regards

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          Ajith ,

          ” What is the role of the government if the society is corrupt ?
          Oh , come on Ajith , Corrupt Society choose a government it
          deserves and the government in return , give them back their
          dues , Corruption in Every Possible Way So that They Are
          Getting Re- Elected with So Much Fun and the Cycle Continues .
          If it is still confused , watch Hindi Films from Rajkapoor to
          Randir Kapoor and Tamil films from Sivaji to Vikram Prabu .

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        old codger

        “Everyone uses the “shapeshape” system.”

        True.
        How does AKD propose to transform this system?
        Will he allow people to bear arms, use it against their common or targeted enemies, …as Lalkantha advised recently, ( People should take to the streets with weapons – K. D. Lalkantha, https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2024/05/12/news/23105/people-should-take-to-the-streets-with-weapons-k-d-lalkantha/)?

        Where would they get arms from?
        Does DJVP still have a stockpile?
        Who is in charge of it?

        Lalkantha seems to possess all the reasons to successfully organise a palace coup and become the next Pol Pot.

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          Lalkantha is making it clear that he is suffering from blood thirsty again…
          .
          https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2024/05/12/news/23105/people-should-take-to-the-streets-with-weapons-k-d-lalkantha/

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            L M ,

            Lalkantha and AKD want their sons get better education from
            overseas to qualify for a beautiful world . They don’t definitely
            want to miss them .

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              JVPrs are number one hypocrites 🙄.
              .
              E.g.
              Wimal sakkiliwansa.
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              AKD. He was against IMF Recommendations, but last week onwards he is ready to continue it to the manner RW does?.
              .
              Lalkantha: is ready to explain fairytales on judicial powers being given to village chandiyas.
              What kind of education has Lalkanth obtained? .
              .
              Buduhamuduruwane, we are helpless🙄🙄🤔🤔🤔

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        O C ,
        Thanks . You got it .

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    Dear Dr Ameer Ali,
    .
    This is a YouTube video, in Sinhalese, by Chathuranga Abeysinghe, who is a member of the National Executive Committee of the NPP.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sCQsRMICMg
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    Although you may not be able to understand much of what Chathuranga says, I have made a number of comments on the video, many of them in English. In making these comments, all of them made very seriously, I have been experimenting with Google Translate. I know only English and Sinhala, but in your case, you understand Tamil as well. It may be that you (and many others visiting CT) will be able to understand the Tamil translation of my original English comment.
    .
    Language is meant for communication, but in many contexts relating to our country, it may be hindering communication. Some feedback will be helpful.
    .
    Many earlier comments by me appear here:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/fleas-dream-of-buying-a-new-dog/
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    especially towards the bottom of the pile.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe, 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela

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      The time is 11:30 on 11/05/2024, in Bandarawela. The author, Dr Ameer Ali, is in Perth, Western Australia. His clocks would be two and a half hours ahead of us – i.e. about 2.00 pm.
      .
      Even as it is, it is difficult to know where one is, in Absolute terms, and at this precise moment, AKD is addressing a gathering of surveyors.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8SWLDsTPI4
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      If you later click on that link a few hours from now, you will probably not be taken to this video. I shall endeavor to provide a new link to that video, by this evening.
      .
      Next WednesdayAKD is due to address a meeting in London.
      .
      What a small world this has become. What will it be like in 2048? That is when it will be a hundred years since we were set adrift by the Brits. That’s how it had to be. Let’s get ready to shoulder the responsibilities that we must.
      .
      2048 is also till when Ranil Wickremasinghe wants to rule over us. May that will not become a reality.

      Let us elect AKD as our President in September/October 2024.

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        The time now is 13:08. The meeting of AKD and the surveyors was over about 20 minutes ago.
        .
        This link now works for it:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anv7g_HJJZk
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        The other link, given earlier, also works. I’m giving these links so that we may come to an understanding of how this all works. Only an understanding is what I crave; not mastery! And I don’t approach this as a problem to be solved.
        .
        Incredible, the way technology has evolved!
        .

        Panini Edirisinhe, 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela

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          What do these links mean?
          .
          Through my recent comments I raised several questions. Most of them are crucial.
          But not a single promoter of NPP dares to address them. why ?
          .
          The Sinhala man must either be mentally ill or he is not ready to understand people’s anxities. I feel like I’m talking to a wall.

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        what is the point of these links ?
        .
        I have raised several crucial questions through my recent comments. As usual Promoters dodge them.
        Most of them about the opinions of NPP are highly questionable. But not a single PROMOTOR of NPP dare to address them. Why ??????????????????

        What happened to that pundit from Unawatuna ?

        How can our youth ever think of a better future so long these idiots continue to prevaricate about AKD deyyo who does not really have any proper plan for the futrue of this country ?
        .
        Sinhala Man should either be mentally ill or he is not up to understand the level of the anxities of the people. Aiyooooooooooooooooooooooooo
        I have the feeling i spoke to a wall.
        Please OC and all other rational thinkers over to you, what you think of SM’s propagada ?

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    “the uncompromising message it sent to Sri Lankan voters that the multiple crises engulfing the nation and bankrupted the national treasury could not be solved by patchwork measures etc.”
    There was no such message.
    If that was the message, the Aragalaya would have been sustained.

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    Where should the “CHANGE” come from so that our MOTHERLAND can be a prosperous & PEACEFUL one?
    My answer would be that it should come from ALL the chapters of the Buddhist Monks. Some have been so much PAMPERED by the corrupt/ shrewd /crooked/parasitic Politicians, I am not sure whether they are ready to take up the challenge. The Sinhala Buddhists extremists who think they are very PATRIOTIC are the cause of all ILLS of the country. Can AKD influence the Monks?

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    Dr A, you say ”…..RW and his fellow system retentionists would face an uphill task to sell the IMF effect to the voters at large…’ but on the same breath you say ”NPP also has committed to work with IMF with renegotiated terms and conditions”. Am I to understand the ‘uphill task of selling the IMF’ for the masses won’t be for the NPP & how sure you are if the IMF will play ball, particularly, when the NPP strongly opposed the IMF intervention previously?
    Anyway, when you say ”party’s economic strategies to increase local production, provide employment and earn a trade surplus require specific details. Just pronouncing to follow market friendly policies and promote economic partnership with friendly nations are insufficient” is the same I have been questioning all along. So, despite our differences in faith of the NPP, we both agree on the ambiguity of the NPP.

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      Raj-UK
      They will get closer to the elections and it will not be easy to escape our problems. At least before the elections, the JVPs and NPPs should reveal their real plans which are heaven-earth different from the current President’s plan:

      For the sake of people, let’s hope for the best. NOne of us would not welcome anther “time-offs” unnecessarily for another cheat. GOTABAYA and HIS BROTHER MARA should be hanged for their deliberate fraud on last election (api avoth, api mewa okkoma hariyata koranawa – we as brothers woudl be able to do the wonders…. ha ha).
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      I now find that the so-called powerful voices on the public stage are bending over time, knowing and realizing that if they do not reveal their true faces, they will not be successful, at least to some extent.

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