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Indianisation, Ranil, Patali, Modi & Solheim

By Ayesh Indranath Ranawaka

Ayesh Indranath Ranawaka

I am neither a philosopher nor a great visionary, and I lack extensive knowledge in geopolitics . Nevertheless, I have developed my own set of principles which I diligently follow throughout my life’s journey spanning 58 years. Those close to me are well acquainted with these principles. One of my core beliefs is firmly opposing racism, a value I believe I inherited from my school days and the influence of growing up in a Sinhala-Buddhist family and culture.

After the July riots of ’83, it’s possible that our young minds misinterpreted the events due to our age at the time. During my tenure in the Navy, the intense combats we faced might have contributed to the growth of animosity. Our guidance then was fueled by a sense of hatred. However, my stint in the Navy was short-lived, and I later had the opportunity to explore the world when I joined the merchant Navy.

During my travels, I noticed that many other countries had already established laws condemning racism, and some groups were actively working against it. Unfortunately, these aspects took longer to be addressed in Sri Lanka, and it has become a significant issue hampering our development. This delayed response is one of the reasons why we are perceived as a failed state.

The reason I mentioned learning about opposition to racism from my school days was that I recall listening to “Bradby shield” commentary. The commentators would mention names like Pushparaja, Senanayake, Bandaranaike, and Mohomeds, which always gave me a pleasant feeling. Perhaps this signifies that our school not only holds prominence within Sri Lanka but also across Asia.

Most of the developed countries have strongly condemned racism, and this has played a crucial role in their development. Without delving too far into history, we can consider the example of our neighboring prime minister, Mody.

Initially, he was labeled as a racist by the opposition, but when he engaged with the international community, he wisely distanced himself from such views and led the nation towards progress and development.I am aware that the US had imposed travel restrictions on Mr. Mody, but interestingly, during his first term as the prime minister, the US invited him to visit their country. Following these incidents, Mody adopted a different approach in governing the nation, abandoning any racist tendencies he may have had.

This demonstrates that there are numerous individuals like him who have undergone similar transformations. It is possible that there are comparable figures in Sri Lanka as well, which is why I’ve brought up this point.

Not long ago, I attended a lecture delivered by Mr. Erik Solheim, organized by the Ocean Cartographer Think Tank chaired by hon. President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The lecture proved to be captivating, as I discovered that there were individuals who shared similar thoughts to mine. It reinforced the idea that despite our differences in ethnicity, religion, and colour, we can eventually unite as one global family. Inspired by this concept, I took the opportunity to ask a question after the speech.

During the lecture, I had the question in mind, and I tried my best to express it in English, though my language limitations made it challenging to convey accurately i guess. The question revolved around the concept of a unified global family and the importance of protecting the environment through sustainable practices from Indian Poaching.

What I intended to ask was, “Regarding our concerns about the Indian trawlers, is it necessary to persistently worry about them, or can we collectively adopt a different approach that prioritizes environmental protection?”

However, I believe my question might not have been clearly articulated, and Mr. Solheim answered it thoughtfully. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to meet him in person later, where I could explain my question more comprehensively, and he was able to understand my intention.

The reason I share this is that it’s something we cannot openly discuss with the political factions in our country. Speaking about it might be misconstrued as unpatriotic. However, it is essential to consider finding a way to access resources collectively, which could lead to a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties involved.

As an example, India currently earns 2 billion dollars from prawn catch exports, while our collective fish export income stands at 300 million dollars. By aiming to capture 25% of that market, we could potentially reach 800 million dollars in revenue. To truly become a unified global family, we must recognize our boundaries and strive to reach agreements on a common platform for global trade. This approach would foster cooperation and prosperity among nations.

Imagine if China were our neighbor instead of India. It’s important to understand the implications of countries neighboring China; China often imposes its will on the countries around it, dictating their policies. In contrast, we should appreciate having India as our neighbor, given that it is a democratic nation. This advantage provides us with greater flexibility and cooperation.

I firmly believe that we should stand together with India on various matters. As for Sri Lanka, I envision a leader with qualities similar to Mody, and I see Mr. Patali Champaka Ranawaka as a suitable candidate for this role. It is my hope that he could work in parallel with Mr. Ranil Wikremesinghe, especially for the next five years, during which he can gain valuable experience in handling geopolitics. Such collaborative leadership could potentially lead to positive outcomes for our nation.

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    I make this comment with a fervent hope that the writer himself would acknowledge it.
    “One of my core beliefs is firmly opposing racism, a value I believe I inherited from my school days and the influence of growing up in a Sinhala-Buddhist family and culture”.
    A very noble belief, indeed.
    Are you, Ayesh Indranath Ranawaka, saying that if not for having had that opportunity to be brought up in that environment, you might not have acquired that noble belief of yours. If not, why even refer to your background in this context.
    How is that you, a man of great upbringing and values, allowed the combats you faced to contribute to the growth of a sense of animosity and hatred, in you. That seems a contradiction.
    Also, when you say, ‘These aspects took longer to be addressed in Sri Lanka’, I feel that you are saying that the issue of racism has now been addressed in our country. Has it been?
    You are a good human. It’d be unfortunate, if you suspect that I am attempting to pick holes in your make-up. Thank you.

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      Ayesh Indranath Ranawaka

      “Imagine if China were our neighbor instead of India. It’s important to understand the implications of countries neighboring China; China often imposes its will on the countries around it, dictating their policies.”

      Are you sure you don’t want to retract what you have just said about above. China won’t take kindly to your comment. Forget China what about SJ?

      “In contrast, we should appreciate having India as our neighbor, given that it is a democratic nation. “

      Come on, SJ will to certain extent make an effort to tolerate any statements/comments against China, however he could not accept any praise on Hindia. He could not accept Indians as fellow human beings with more talent than his fellow being in Sri Lanka. As far as SJ is concerned Indians are still living in dark ages whereas Chinese are the Chosen race, particularly under Mao’s leadership.

      SJ’s childish and racist view is shared by many Sinhalese.

      As far as Champika is concerned he is a public racist who also played a key role in dividing the people. It is too late for him to join the liberals of this island. Seeing him in his white Aryan Suit does not make him a person of race religious neutral.

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    His delayed response is one of the reasons why we are perceived as a failed state.
    How can the sri lankan people engage in the international community sri lankans are settled in internationally and still the government has not solved the problem and very active during the election time bringing up the problems. And Mr. Ranil says he don’t have the majority with only single vote to take decision as he don’t have the majority saying is an advanced escape signal from him.
    he got his main task cut out on this subject

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    I appreciate the author for his understanding that racism is the great barrier for the development and it is well proven that racism is the fundamental for the economic crisis and bankgruptcy. However, he did not give us how Sri Lanka could get rid of this great problem of racism within the country, instead focused on the necessity of good relations with India.

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      Ajith
      “…….racism is the great barrier for development and it is WELL PROVEN that racism is the fundamental for the economic crisis and bankruptcy. “ This is news to me. Can you give some examples, please.

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        You find yourself.

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          Ajith
          Ha ha ha… How do I find something that does not exist? You said “well proven”, but you are unable to give an example. Next time don’t write things that you cannot prove.

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            More about the national anthem controversy.
            The Cricket Board is also responsible for not choosing a Sinhalese female singer to sing the national anthem. How do you expect a Malay origin female singer to pronounce Sinhala words properly? This must be her first time singing Sri Lanka’s national anthem. What is the point of questioning her now? The knee-jerk reaction of the Home Affairs Ministry is hilarious.. The fake patriots and the officials of the Home Affairs Ministry should leave her alone. She is not “Lakshmi Bai” who beautifully pronounced difficult Sinhala words in her much cherished song “Pita Deepa Desha Jayagaththa Aadi Sinhalun”.
            Listen to this. Song, lyrics and music by Lakshmi Bai.
            .
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZSkC5Sw60

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        Champa

        Daily Mirror today reported the following:
        “Distorting National Anthem at LPL opening: Minister mulls legal action”

        Doesn’t Vidura Wickramanayake have anything better to do?
        Either he creates news by being a controversial or actually being controversial.
        Do we need a Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry?

        Where are you nimal?

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          Keyboard Vedda
          Leelagemalli
          Your hypocrisy about the national anthem.
          I am aware of the recent national anthem controversy involving a female singer. Her Sinhala pronunciation was horrible. Instead of the Sinhala word “නොපමා“ (the meaning of which is without delay or soon) she said the English word “No” and “පමා”. Also, she replaced the word “මාතා“ (mother) with the word “මහතා” (mister). Of course, she distorted our national anthem. But, how many times has Sri Lanka’s national anthem been sung in Tamil with completely changed lyrics? It is a major distortion which was done even at some official functions. Was any legal action taken against perpetrators? Double standards and double talks in society have become normal. On the other hand, it has become a practice of the Sri Lankan politicians to create a controversy involving a female to distract the society whenever they are involved in a traitorous act against the country. Pay attention, Sri Lanka!
          The current national anthem doesn’t have a single word about the Sinhalese or their history. Therefore, it should be completely abolished, and adopt “Lanka Lanka Pembara Lanka” as Sri Lanka’s national anthem.
          Listen to this patriotic song sung by Sunil Shantha.
          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pUtu9KJobLI

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            Sinhala nationalist Champa and Putin supporter@ this silly woman, was busy with PUTIN the world’s most inhuman leader right at the time, srilanka was trying keep the head above the water regarding saving innocient masses.

            I mean you don’t care as another self-proclaimed historian how deep we have sunk economically today.
            If you are allowed you would dare to sing the song in favour of Rajapakshes again becuase they abused your pen and mouth for their mlechcha politics.
            But are such low lives that you dare to hang on to silly acts with false accents like “sang the national anthem by disgracing your race”? Are you really sick with your little head? why not you guys try to approach your nearst psychologists ?

            instead why on earth you the kind of senile men and women come with pieces of wise advice regarding the kind of low level braoadcasts or telecasts ? I wish if our senior citizens were clever to rebuild this society which is deliberatly ruined by medamulana dogs. Unfortuatnely, that will remain a dream.

            The answer to your incapability is you the kind of rotten ilk cant see it beyond. You the kind of men and women are like VANATHAMULLA garbage dumps. No doubt about that.

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        Dear Readers,
        .
        Sinhalese nationalist, sinhala racist, Champa is still quite silent about singing the national anthem in a different way.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJe6A7mz2P0

        Her legacy on CT remains ” unique” in that line, however these kind of racists would not find their last breath without the unexpected.
        Anyways, her current silence, I see this as a progression in her nature. Or maybe she may be busy reviving the Rajapaksa’s or something else.
        She may still be busy with her partner from Russia.

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          leelagemalli

          I totally agree with your comment to Ajith Amasinghe’s article (in Sinhala). However I add one more of my own observation, the police, courts, politicians, patriots, nationalists, historians, armed forces, saffronista’s, ministers, …… have nothing better to do. Either they have lots of free time in their hands, or they want to hide their lifelong rotten behaviour by drawing public attention to these trivial non-life threatening, … issues.

          Has the police swept issue of naked (half) Monk in a room with a child and her mum under the carpet, with Tiran’s great patriotic support?

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    Who coined the word “RACISM”? In my opinion, that was the “INVENTION” by sadistic people who wanted to enjoy life by suppressing a segment of their own kind. If not for that reason, why all cannot be “HUMAN” and “HUMANE” to each other?

    Now all speak of the WORLD as a GLOBAL VILLAGE. Then why we cannot all be HUMAN and HUMANE in managing our affairs in Politics, Economics, and Social systems? Again the answer is nothing but the same attitude of “Suppression” and “Aggression” by “HAVES” over “HAVE NOTS”.

    Unfortunately, the “HAVE NOTS” do have another segment that would cater to the needs of the “HAVES” for their own benefits and lives of plenty, and they are in COMMAND over matters of Politic, Economic, and Social Systems. This is the CHALLENGE all humans have faced today.

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      Dear Douglas Mahathmaya,
      .
      I know not of former days, but of late, no other beast, but Rajpakshe siblings in and out of the country should be made highly accoutable for rise of sinhala racism. That was the reason as to why DA Rajapkashe monuments were smashed by angered mobs in 09 July 2022.
      .
      Can you imagine that these days the increasing numbers of the racial beasts across the country are whitewashing Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      In a civilized world, people would hang them in public. Unfortunately the other way around is observed yet in our hell. However, do you think that our people would ever turn to be CIVILIZED? . Please get more from your Kadamandiya people and share it with us.
      Our estranged COMMENTER Sinhala Man would not even grasp the level of the racism in SL, because he is usually busy with his gossips and hero-worshing missions. .

      I have no doubt that even if the Paraih of the nation aka Mahinda Rajapaksa dies tomorrow , even after that, these parasites will never be able to go out of our sights.
      .
      . These are real beasts, like all kinds of poisonous reptiles and animals surrounded by the dead body of a wild animal, which is left behind in a forest. Sorry I couldn’t describe it better.


      tbc

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    A couple of things, Mr. Ranawaka.

    The naming convention in most countries, particularly the English-speaking ones, puts the family name last, so since Champika Ranawaka and you share the last name, some people will assume you are related. So it is important for you to make clear that you are not related to CR before you promote him.

    Secondly, CR was part of the Sihala Urumaya, so he needs to demonstrate through his actions, not just words, that he has genuinely changed his hardline Sinhala nationalist views, and is acceptable to the wider Sri Lankan population.

    And Modi’s acceptance in the West, after he was blacklisted for the Gujarat anti-Muslim violence, has much to do with realpolitik, not necessarily any genuine change by Modi. Since India is a regional superpower, 5th in GDP globally, its leaders can get away with certain things, whereas leaders of much smaller countries like SL can’t. It will help the SL population to keep that in mind.

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    I congratulate the author for the brilliant essay articulated with his true patriotic sense.
    Thank you

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      P.Rajeswaran

      “I congratulate the author for the brilliant essay articulated with his true patriotic sense.”

      Please explain what you meant by “true patriotic sense”.

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    I am not sure Patali Champika Ranawaka is an honest person. Looking back at his political history, he gained ground in politics for being a Racist. He has been changing political parties at every election and most of the parties have been Racist parties. Even the present accident case that’s in court does not show he has been honest. The story in the media also says that he was the driver but he put his driver forward to take the blame. If this is true, how can such a person be a leader of a country? Can he be trusted when he does not even stay in the same party right through without jumping from one party to another? How can he ever be a stable person to whom a country could be handed over?

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      Buddhist 1,
      You are quite right about PCR. The man is a racist opportunist posing as an educated professional . In 2010 he set up a fake company to make petrol out of waste polythene to help Mahinda’s election campaign. Having started in the Sinhala Urumaya, where he ousted its founder S.L. Gunasekara, he moved through the UPFA, UNP, SJB, and now seems ready to start his own party. The less said about the way he wriggled out of a traffic case the better.
      There are many people on this forum who think that young educated professionals will rebuild this country. Champika is one who shouldn’t be let anywhere near governance.

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        old codger

        Champika (Electrical Engineer) was responsible for building and running Lakvijaya Power Plant (Norocholai Power Station – in Puttalam) for some time. Since its commission the plant never operated efficiently. It appears the plant did not function more days than it actually worked.

        Immediately after the war had ended Champika the great racist and an aspiring fascist along with another of our proud public racist Somawansa broght legal action to de-merge North East permanently, under one of our illegal luminary Sarath Nanda Silva, and received a favorable verdict. It was demerged. It appears Nanda didn’t allow the plaintiffs (the Tamils) to argue their case. They were banned from court’s submitting their legal and historical arguments.

        A few months ago he visited North to test the waters.
        I believe he was/is disappointed.

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      Srilanken culture, and above all in South Asian culture, it is very easy to be fooled and misled by even easy tricks, a non-conformist majority across the nation.

      Now as we have nothing better to do, but to hang on some words of the national anthem that a female singer might have pronounced differently. can you imagine???

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJe6A7mz2P0

      This country is becoming a real hell. Although the singer is a young woman who is considered a popular singer, our people are paying attention to the way she has pronounced Sinhala terms in that song. No other progressive nation would have gone so far as to divide the nation by hanging on to such issues, but our hell is full of various rabblerousers, rascals and other criminals of all kinds. Those Sinhala chanunists and hypochondriacs who react are true Sinhala beasts.

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    “I see Mr. Patali Champaka Ranawaka as a suitable candidate for this role. It is my hope that he could work in parallel with Mr. Ranil Wikremesinghe, especially for the next five years”


    We all like our own man/men ……. I would’ve liked for a Sinhala Prabakaran to be the president. ……. But unfortunately, in an ol’ Democracy, it’s the people who elect their leader ……. it’s the choice of the people that matters. Not the desires of you or I.

    So, we have to hold an election. No.

    If Ranil or Champika can get elected ……. then 2048 is the limit.

    Native’s man Gunduvindu will take over from there ………….

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      nimal fernando

      “We all like our own man/men ……”

      Why not women, I detect male chauvinistic attitude towards female population of our land , filling your thoughts and in writing? We need to talk to your partner.

      “….. it’s the choice of the people that matters. Not the desires of you or I.

      So, we have to hold an election. No.”

      So you too have a very short memory. How can you forget the 6.9 Million voted for the “Thinking Man’s Soldier”, “Philosopher (Sinhala/Buddhist) King in 2019? The voters were ready to vote for a known murderer and war criminal (alleged) hence what is the guarantee that they make the right informed choice?

      Who is your alternative potential candidate?

      “Native’s man Gunduvindu will take over from there ………….”

      Gevindu must be too busy drafting next generation Constitution.

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