19 June, 2021

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It Is Ranil’s Moment?

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

If it is to benefit from a high-growth region and prosper among other nations in the world, Sri Lanka must drastically switch its focus away from narrow and claustrophobic identity and tribal battles onto modern, secular goals related to the prosperity of its people. We are facing a new version of the old guns versus butter debate central to economics. Do we allocate our time,resources and effort toward guns? (meaning, war or conflict) Or are we going to allocate the bulk of them toward the production of “butter?” (meaning, our material sustenance)? I say, we must extricate ourselves from spurious battles over identities that only generate negative emotional energy and violence and take us to darkness. Instead, let’s move forward into economic realities that are staring in the face.

Swami Dayananda Saraswathi,writing to the Times of India in April this year, has pointed out how the Indian Constitution has defined India as a secular state. This is a recognition that ethnic and religious tensions can undermine a complex society. Secularism embraces universal human values linked to human existential issues. It works on a basic universal ethic: “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” This maxim is natural to humans regardless of specific religious dogmas because it is based on a universal human endowment called empathy. We all have embedded in us this quality of empathy,which is adequate to live without even a religion. Religion divides whereas empathy unites.

Accordingly, under secularism the state and church are separate. Religion does not invade government and government does not invade religion. The two are apart. Swami Saraswathie further states that India has banished religion from state schools. Sri Lanka is behind India as our system hasn’t divided church and state. Religious instruction is a must in our schools. Monks are playing too much of a meddling role in the affairs of state. This is plain nonsense.

RanilAlong with economic prosperity and the adoption of secularism, the potential for identity -based social and political conflagaration will pale into insignificance. Much of identity tensions are rooted in poverty and scarcity and a public perception of lack of space for all. Bread and butter will supersede narrow versions of one’s self. In the end, every citizen desires a shelter to live in, a meal at the table, a school for his children, medical attention when ill and the general space to enjoy life. Modernity is built on such foundational values.

Now,with the elections on, Sri Lanka has a glorious chance to decide whether to tread the modern path or to languish in misery brooding over whether one is a Sinhalese,Tamil, Buddhist, Muslim or Christian. All such identities are purely social constructions. Unless we reach to our common humanity we get nowhere. Voters must eschew leaders who are prone to be enemies of a secular state. Be sure, that this modernity in outlook is in fact inherent in Buddhist teaching.The regime of Buddhist Emperor Ashoka was an exemplar of a prosperous secular state.

This time, Sri Lankans go to polls to elect a new Parliament. The composition of Parliament is particularly important on this occasion because real power has now shifted to this institution of elected representatives. Presidential absolutism is largely gone after the 19th Amendment and the gravitational force of power shifts towards the body of MPs and through them to the Prime Minister and cabinet over whom Parliament has ultimate control. The PM selects his Cabinet of Ministers. This is a neat, sensible and accountable arrangement in constitution-making. Augurs well for a country that had been converted into a lawless state under a chief executive who had little respect for the constitution and other laws of the land.

This, alone, is considerable achievement by Yahapalanaya. Following the 19th Amendment, when the new Parliament is elected a Constitutional Council will be appointed and this vital institution will mother other independent commissions to look after the Public Service, the Judiciary, and Elections isolating the latter from dysfunctional political meddling. In the black days of Rajapaksa, politicisation of almost everything under the Sri Lankan sun deprived powerless people of their security, liberty and freedom to walk in dignity. Those like us who live in Australia and the West observe ordinary citizens enjoy such a quality of life. Surely, Sri Lankans deserve that! The strange thing thing is that we observe how bigmouths among the Australian and Western Sinhala Buddhist nationalists seem to suggest that Sri Lankans do not deserve such a quality of life; that the average man should continue to genuflect before lawless politicos in order to secure their needs.

I would have preferred had we been able to pass new electoral laws that would have served to fend off undesirable parasites enter Parliament through the list -choice of a party hierarchy. The present electoral system is stupid and has been the bane of our political culture. On the other hand, its replacement is a far more complicated measure that demands study and broad-based consultation for which time did not permit. The politically displaced seedy characters that hanged around the defeated President, in order to insure themselves against investigations into their corrupt deals have been so busy trying to sabotage the silent revolution of January 8th. Going much beyond the 100 days mandated for, would have brought in anarchy and triggered a counter-revolution.

That said and done, now the ball is in the electors’ court and they must pick a stable government led by men and women who have had no corrupt narratives behind them. We also need leaders with intelligence, education, experience and decency to steer the ship of state.

The fact is that the ship of state needs quick rectification from the damage it underwent under Rajapaksa rule. The country lies on the brink of a serious debt trap. This cannot be seriously addressed by a purely interim government of a hundred days. Our national income is hardly enough to repay and service the irresponsible levels of debt repayments built up over ten years. Chinese blokes simply kept on giving any money the government asked without any evaluation of feasible studies that normally precedes the granting of loans. On the other hand,Western aid adopts stringent methods of assessment. As a result, we have in our hands terrible White Elephants like the Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala, the Rajapaksa Port at Hambantota, and the Rajapaksa International Sports Stadium. Even the useful Highways that have been built have been done far above standard costs. Big commissions have been built into costs as a routine. Open robbing has been the name of the game and President Rajapaksa looked on winking himself away from the stories that reached his ears.

If one cared to read the Sunday Times economics column of respected economist Nimal Sanderatne one would have noted many dark trends. Our agriculture production has dropped. With the exception of tea, our coconut, rubber and minor export crops have all dropped alarmingly. Fishing has badly gone down. With the drastic decline in demand for our tea from Russia and the Middle east, our agricultural exports have dropped by as much as 6.5 per cent. The result of all this is that our trade balance has been in the red for many years since the last regime took over. Fortunately, our balance of payments have been salvaged largely by foreign remittances. Foreign remittances are essentially vulnerable and no economy can rely on that. Direct foreign investment,discouraged by threatening legislation, has been hovering around zero for many years.

Clearly the Sri Lankan economy is in peril. It follows that the living standard of our people is in danger.

Major structural changes in the agricultural,industrial and service sectors will have to be introduced and direct foreign investment must be encouraged into the country if we are to salvage the country and give a decent standard of living to the ordinary person. Poverty is rampant in the country and a record sixty per cent school drop -out rate reflects the inability of parents to support the education of their children. This is sad. Hospitals are starved of essential drugs and patients are thrown from pillar to post to get their medication at affordable prices.

Yahapalanaya thus far has largely restored the formal system of governance right. Now, we need a further stage of Yahapalanaya to deal with the components of good policy that will lift the economy from the doldrums.The ruling class under the former regime have been engrossed in filling their pockets while crying about the Buddhist Sinhala nation in danger. Film Star Parliamentarian, Malini Fonseka, very much a Mahinda fan,alleged the other day how commissions were demanded as a routine from high places for the showing of TV Drama episodes.

It seems almost self-evident that the historical role of completing the Yahapalanaya project and transforming Sri Lanka into a modern state has to be played by none other than Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party. I cannot think of a single current Parliamentarian who can supersede Ranil in intellectual capacity, in emotional maturity, in experience and in integrity-qualities ideally needed for the demanding role. Looking back, one can credit Ranil Wickremesinghe as a leader who has waited patiently, marked his time, defended his party against all sorts of machinations played by the former Machiavellian President and bearing insults and humiliation from even his own party ranks that were obviously manipulated to discourage and oust him. “The wise man is unruffled by praise or blame,” says the Dhammapada. So was Ranil. He was never shaken as he believed firmly in himself.

While Mahinda Rajapaksa was at his height Ranil confidently announced that the UNP will form a government in 2015. What a prophet! Credit backhandedly goes to Mahinda Rajapaksa for his political savviness in seeing in advance that Ranil was his only danger. Sensing that, he played a full card of tricks to get him out of the UNP. Mahinda set up UNP men to challenge him and employed media vilification. It is here that Ranil exemplified considerable emotional maturity-not to blow up but to hold his own. And he did. Doesn’t he not deserve the Cup?

*sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    Absolutely brilliant piece, Shyamon. You hit the nail on the head.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE:It Is Ranil’s Moment?

      “Swami Dayananda Saraswathi,writing to the Times of India in April this year, has pointed out how the Indian Constitution has defined India as a secular state. This is a recognition that ethnic and religious tensions can undermine a complex society. Secularism embraces universal human values linked to human existential issues. It works on a basic universal ethic: “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” This maxim is natural to humans regardless of specific religious dogmas because it is based on a universal human endowment called empathy. We all have embedded in us this quality of empathy,which is adequate to live without even a religion. Religion divides whereas empathy unites.”

      “Swami Saraswathie further states that India has banished religion from state schools. Sri Lanka is behind India as our system hasn’t divided church and state. Religious instruction is a must in our schools. Monks are playing too much of a meddling role in the affairs of state. This is plain nonsense.”

      Thank you very much for the timely piece clearly articulating why secularism is the solution to religious dogmatism. Can this be translated to Sinhala and Tamil and widely distributed? This could be the Introductory Chapter to the Sri Lanka Common sense. Can you write it? You will be the Thomas Paine of Sri Lanka.

      In the US Public Schools, teaching or promotion of religion is banned.

      This was exactly the argument advocated by Thomas Jefferson for the U S Constitution for keeping the Separation of Church and State. Imagine the situation for the US being non-secular with Christian Religious Fundamentalists running amok, just like the Sinhala “Buddhist” Racists and fundamentalists running amok, that Mahinda Rajapaksa is trying to recruit by dwelling in Vihares and Temples.

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        Today the Sri Lanka rupees is in free fall and losing value daily;
        the debt burden on each citizen has never been greater, and bonds are being issued willy nilly by the Central Bank that is being run by a corrupt and incompetent stooge of Ranil who is GUILTY OF INSIDER TRAIDING.
        There is a lot of POLICY INSTABILITY as a result and the Sri Lanka economy and citizens are paying a heavy price for Ranil Wickramasinghe and Ravi Karunanayake’s corrupt crony, Arjuna Mahendran’s, doings at the Central Bank. This is certainly NOT Ranil’s moment.

        Mahendran is not a trained economist and only has a basic BA degree in economics, with some experience as a stock market dealer. He is NOT qualified to hold the position of Governor of the Central Bank who should hold and advanced degree preferably a Ph.D from a recognized university in Economics.

        Dear Shyamon:
        Mahendran’s son-in-law, Aloysius had information and submitted bid specifications that no other bidder of the Central Bank bond issue had, as indicated by the size of the bid advanced by his firm.. We don’t need a COPE report to tell us that this could only be due to him having PRIVILEGED INFORMATION and this constitutes INSIDER TRADING between Mahendran and son-in-law.
        it does not take a rocket scientist to infer this.
        This, insider trading is what Raj Rajaratnam and Gupta were convicted of in the US and Mahendran and son-in-law must now be tried and locked up.
        President Sirisena should NOW and he should have immediately removed Arjuna Mahendran pending independent inquiry at the time that the bond scam was revealed.

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          Quite right Don!
          The best outcome of the election would be for UNP to form a minority government with the minority parties and Sirisena SLFP group, so that Ranil Wickramasinghe and his corrupt clown Arjuna Mahendran at the Central Bank could be kept in check.

          Sirisena should fire Mahendran.

          Unfortunately, Civil society in Lanka seems to have gone to sleep now. Civil society needs to pressure both the UNP and SLFP and all parties to give nominations to 1. Women and YOUNGER GENERATION and clean non-corrupt invividuals 2. Carry out voter education campaign to tell voters to vote for women, young non corrupt representatives and clean out the filth old lot that now runs the Diyawenna Parliament of corrupt and uneducated criminals, morons, and clowns..

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          Don Stanley

          “Today the Sri Lanka rupees is in free fall and losing value daily; the debt burden on each citizen has never been greater, and bonds are being issued willy nilly by the Central Bank that is being run by a corrupt and incompetent stooge of Ranil who is GUILTY OF INSIDER TRAIDING”

          Hambantota White Projects Eat Up Economy
          By Nirmala Kannangara

          No Wonder with Amongst the white elephant projects of the Rajapaksa administration are the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport Mattala, Magam Ruhunupua International Conference Hall and the Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park.

          No Cash Flow and revenue, only MaRa Eho to show and losses to show. So need to keep issuing Bonds to cover for those projects.

          MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa

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          Do all those “Disapprovals” indicate that we are getting dangerously polarised. Your concern that certain things have gone wrong since January does not seem to indicate that you think that the MaRa administration was clean.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: It Is Ranil’s Moment?

      “It seems almost self-evident that the historical role of completing the Yahapalanaya project and transforming Sri Lanka into a modern state has to be played by none other than Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party. I cannot think of a single current Parliamentarian who can supersede Ranil in intellectual capacity, in emotional maturity, in experience and in integrity-qualities ideally needed for the demanding role. Looking back, one can credit Ranil Wickremesinghe as a leader who has waited patiently, marked his time, defended his party against all sorts of machinations played by the former Machiavellian President and bearing insults and humiliation from even his own party ranks that were obviously manipulated to discourage and oust him. “The wise man is unruffled by praise or blame,” says the Dhammapada. So was Ranil. He was never shaken as he believed firmly in himself”

      Thank you for the excellent analysis of the current political situation in Sri Lanka. The Evidence points only to Ranil W and the UNP as Maitripala Sirisena has been shown to lack guts, is spineless and a wimp, and was rattled by Mahinda rajapaksa and his cronies.

      While Maitripala Sirisena started with confidence after displacing the Liar, Crook, Robber and Criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies, recently he has been rattled by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies, and seemed to have caved in. Is Maitripala Sirisena a spineless wimp?

      See What Anura Kumara Dissanayaka had to say, stopping the arrests of the criminals etc. by the police. Very revealing. Is this is Law and Order and Yahapalanaya? Is Maithripala Sirisena a statesman or Lackey of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies?

      CT Please don’t edit out. This is material to the above argument and hypothesis.

      The reinstatement of the crooks, and criminals. Is that what the 6.25 million voters wanted? No, No and No.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Op_j-VHKDyo

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: It Is Ranil’s Moment?

      Contrary Opinion. Are there Spineless wimps?

      http://www.dailymirror.lk/77975/jvp-urges-govt-to-postpone-polls

      JVP urges govt. to postpone polls
      2015-06-29 21:41:42

      He said none of these issues would have arisen had the Parliament been dissolved just after the enactment of the 19th Amendment as the election would have been completed by now. –

      Referring to investigations on corruption, Mr. Dissanayake said his party would come out with some shocking details on corrupt acts of the Rajapaksa administration and the preset regime. He said he too possessed files on corruption. Elaborating more on the subject the JVP leader charged that both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeisghe were sweeping all investigations under the carpet while the former President was also influencing the rulers to do so. (Yohan Perera) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/77975/jvp-urges-govt-to-postpone-polls#sthash.diPyKXnG.dpuf

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      Ranil may be 100 times more decent than defeated, uneducated, criminal & corrupt dictator from Hambantota.

      Even then, Ranil is 100%, full bred product of the rotten political culture of Sri Lanka since 1948. Ranil has proved that by remote controlling the Attorney General. By cherry-picking charges against Rajapassa cronies. Often for politically calculated ends. That is not Justice. Surely this is not the change we expected on 8th January 2015.

      It is a decisive moment to quit recycling the same, old & tired people as potential leaders of this country. Be they from corrupt SLFP or rotten UNP.

      It is a moment for fresh talent & faces. It is a moment to think outside the box. If there is something Sri Lanka does not lack, that is an abundance of extra-ordinary talent & integrity among ordinary citizens. It is their moment.

      Cheers!

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      Good News. Breaking News

      “Mahinda will not be appointed as P.M. candidate , and the UPFA led SLFP has no P.M. candidate- Presidential media communique”

      Maitripala Sirisena seems to show some life and some guts.

      Good First steps towards dealing with the Crooks, Liars, Robbers and Criminals..

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    @Mr. Jayasinghe.

    Whilst I whole heartedly agree with you on your assessment of Ranil it continues to puzzle me that other CT contributors rarely comment about him in the same positive light.

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      Ranil doesn’t know how to deal politely with people on a personal level, face to face. The tragedy of it all is that he means no harm.

      Is he too old to learn a little bit of PR?

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        Navin,

        Can you blame Ranil for the lack of PR for a society like Sri Lankans who befriend for a multitude of reasons as was seen by MR who was full of PR, picking up kids and hugging, embracing old women for the camera fooling the masses. Did you not hear MR admitting after defeat that his own down fall was mainly due to his PR of trying to cover up all those on whom he showered smiles and extended friendship? Remember the flood gates open at Temple Trees for three wheeler drivers and how they were treated afterwards? I find most of the educated who scorn Ranil is for the main reason that they are not given undue recognition. Hence they dislike Ranil. Let Ranil be, who he really is and let the whole country benefit and not a few cronies like under MR.

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    Talking of what Democratic Governance means, there is none other than Ranil at the
    helm at this given moment, as the Writer has clearly and well elucidated. Thanks.
    The UNP well deserves a chance to put things right once and for all the turmoil of
    Sri Lankan political behaviour, for any long-lasting benefit of all its Citizens.

    With Chandrika at the top in the SLFP, there is no better opportunity to keep
    political rascals at bay with MS holding some Executive powers to the end of his Term.

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    We can understand you are hallucinating about the past favours received during the Premadasa-Ranil era. [Edited out]

    But read the top article on the left hand column of CT titled “Exclusive: Bond Scam; Full Text Of Interim Report Of COPE Inquiry” and judge for yourself Ranil’s claim to be “Mr Clean” of Sri Lankan politics.

    It looks like he can only be “Mr Bean” and this 30th unsuccessful try is going to be his last!

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      A half-baked report, unethically released by MR cronies in COPE! What are the opinions of others in COPE, who have not signed this interim report? DEW Gunasekera who until now commanded the respect of the people has also fallen from his pedestal.

      I am not defending Arjuna Mahendran. However, he has to be proven guilty, beyond any doubt. He should not be made the scape goat of political misadventurists! He should not be sacrificed at the altar of shameless political expediency. Suspicion is not guilt. What MR did to SF and Shirani Bandaranayake should not happen to anyone else in this country.
      What the parliamentary select committee did to Shiranee Bandaranayake, is being inflicted on Arjuna Mahendran by COPE.

      Dr.R N

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        Ha… ha… ha!

        Comments coming from none other than the very personification of a (former, yet not too distant) MR crony cum “political-misadventurist” himself!

        Whether the recent change results from true enlightenment or is it again merely a desperate attempt at an alternate political-adventure remains unclear.

        Perhaps, nothing could be more convincing than, as a first step, a heartfelt apology for past blunders, particularly from one who wrote a whole article in these columns couple of years ago about the merits of being able to say the most precious three words “ I am sorry”! Or, was that too mere hypocritical pontification and empty-grandstang?!

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          Ha.. ha..Haaaa!

          The joker, my replica K Rajash got the opportunity to pounce.

          He is an avatar and will take difference formations.

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      Slayer
      Ranil did not loose so many elections. The only presidents election in 2000 was lost to Chanddika with most sympathy vote after bomb attack and her losing eyesight. In 2005 Ranil did win but Papagran helped MR by blocking the
      Not her people casting their vote most of which would have been in Ranil’s favour.
      The so called COPE report not signed by all members of the committee and somewhat a bogus report circulated to bring disrepute to Ranil.

      Nevertheless, the public is aware who is whom and they cast their votes sensibly with Ranil in big lead.

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      Slayer

      “But read the top article on the left hand column of CT titled “Exclusive: Bond Scam; Full Text Of Interim Report Of COPE Inquiry” and judge for yourself Ranil’s claim to be “Mr Clean” of Sri Lankan politics.”

      The President Maitripala Sirisena told Namal Rajapaksa, yesterday to go and tell his father that there are 7,000 corruption and criminal complaints against his father, and tell his that Crooks, ribbers and criminals will nit get nominations.

      Today, the announcement was made.

      All the Mahinda Baiyas have no rope to hang on to.

      The Mahinda Rajapaksa Rope was a Dead Rope, a “Dirracha Lanu”

      MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara Amana Mara…

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    Hey Slayer can you list Ranil’s 29 failures for Presidency? We haven’t had even one fifth of that number of President elections so far. This is typical Rajapakse front mudslinging. Ranil won on the 8th Jan and he will trounce your Raja in August. Already Ranil has challenged the Maharaja.

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    Ranil gave MR a long rope to hang himself! He did the same for VP. He has now given the long rope to the UPFA to hang itself, while performing the last rites for MR.

    Most people have seen through the games being played MR, his cronies and sections of the media.

    The General Elections will prove that a more politically mature generation that is aware of which side the bread has been buttered has come into being. There are significant force too.

    The UNP should also field able candidates with unimpeachable character and market them as the hope for our future. They should be also knowledgeable, cultured, experienced and wise. The rot that started with Themis, the postal peon, should end with the parliament filled to the brim with illiterates, rogues, crooks, murderers ,drug-narcotic peddlers etc, etc.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    Shyamon should remove the wool over his eyes and see the reality. Ranil betrayed all those who voted to oust Rajapaksa by not taking action and continuing to “defend” the Bond scam, the Ravi Karu issue, etc. We wanted “Good Governance” and what we got instead is a continuation of the same old bad stuff in a new bottle and a new label. By right, either the governor of the CB should have resigned or been sacked – whether he had a direct hand in it or not because the governor should be above any suspicion. Same with the finance minister. Can we afford to have a FM who is suspected or accused of money laundering?

    And then we wanted the rogues of the previous regime brought to justice. But what we got is an ill-conceived, politicized, witch-hunt. By right there should have been a properly constituted Presidential Commission, like the Independent Commission Against Corruption in NSW, Australia. What we got was a farcical investigation process whose objective was blatantly political and to embarrass the political enemies. Bringing to justice those who robbed the people was least of Ranil’s concerns.

    To a cynic, Ranil’s actions in these past six months smacks of him paving the way for a Rajapakse comeback. Wittingly or otherwise, Ranil and the UNP destroyed the January 8 people’s mandate.

    Many who voted to oust Rajapakse would not be voting for Ranil or the UNP on August 17. They will stay home and, like Mercutio, wish a plague on both sides of Sri Lanka’s politics!

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      Nari-bana

      “To a cynic, Ranil’s actions in these past six months smacks of him paving the way for a Rajapakse comeback. Wittingly or otherwise, Ranil and the UNP destroyed the January 8 people’s mandate.”

      Here is support for your Bana

      Is Maitripala Sirisena a spineless wimp or a statesman? Will Know Today.

      Is Ranil Wickramasinghe a spineless wimp or a statesman?

      See What Anura Kumara, is disclosing. Very Revealing. CT Please don’t edit out. This is material.

      The Crooks, and criminals. Is that what the voters wanted?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Op_j-VHKDyo

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    [Edited out] We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    Nar-ibana wants to hang Arjuna Mahendran. His hero Mara did things like that by jailing SF on laughable grounds and impeaching Shiranee violating all natural justice. Suspicion is not proof. There was a court case against the bond issue fought by Dr Uswatte Aarachchi that found Mahendran not guilty. Nari-Bana wants him hanged anyway because Mahendran,like Ranil, iS a headache for Rajapakses. Mahendran has already begun delivering outcomes to rescue the economy. So they are all lined up to attack him.

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    was this guy [Edited out]

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    A software based development. The development of a man. A hub of knowledge. Better skills translate to better wages. a increase in productivity. To attract FDI we must have skilled workers. They in turn will learn new skills with FDI. This casscades to a better future.
    The tourism begats Ayirveda, Handicrafts , organic fod, and a better enviorenment. We have to have batter trained workers in this field. Carefully nurtured cantacts who come hear will boost our income. Markets can open for us.Buddhist artifacts reguilt will help thr nation. Our daspora must be encouraged to bring their friends, and act as our ambaserdors. They must link up with friends to open our markets abroad. They must be able to do market research so that we can match our advanteges with markets abroad. Harmony witnicity and religion will bring many to assist us. Our soveriegnoty can not be violated. But there is much we can do. ethno

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    Ranil must be on the look out. Best wishes to him. Bensen

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    You reckon “Samurdhi” PM will become the real PM…

    Elite, Anglicans, Vellalas and the Whabibis will be delighted.

    But the ordinary folks have grave doubts.

    They are not happy about his mate Mahendran and his SIL.

    They are not happy about his F……CID going after Sinhala Buddhists, while Ravi is still hanging on to his Galleon Wealth..

    Besides Samurdhi PM has sacked poor rural people from the RDA and UDA.

    Signed secret deals with TNA and the GTF and Solheim to create a separate North East to be run by a Special Minister from the TNA.

    Stopped the Chinese and giving the Infrastructure which they built to the UNP’s Western mates under the pretext of Re Financing…

    Stopped Mahindodaya Vidyalayas so that the rural kids have to leave school at O Level..

    These are the issues which the great majority are interested and concerned.,

    Not the Boru Palanaya to keep the Elite in power and relegate the poor rural to the Second Class, like in the good old days…

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    Well said Mr. Jayasinghe.

    I wish you could translate this article into Sinhala and tamil and publish in all the newspapers around SriLanka.It is very important that the intellectuals and elites of SriLanka reach the grassroots and create awareness.

    None of the true Srilankans(tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burgers and all) want to miss the benefit of silent revolution created on the 8th January.

    We need leaders with vision for the country and it’s people. After all a politician should serve the country and and it’s people.

    A new political scenario is begun since January 8th. is For the first time I have heard a Srilankan president talk about the country. And that is our Hon. President My3.Yes I am proud of our president. I am proud of being a SriLankan.

    So every Srilankan will have to give the continuous support and opportunity to My3 & Ranil to continue the changes they have started.

    God bless SriLanka.

    “In the end, every citizen desires a shelter to live in, a meal at the table, a school for his children, medical attention when ill and the general space to enjoy life. Modernity is built on such foundational values.

    Now,with the elections on, Sri Lanka has a glorious chance to decide whether to tread the modern path or to languish in misery brooding over whether one is a Sinhalese,Tamil, Buddhist, Muslim or Christian. All such identities are purely social constructions. Unless we reach to our common humanity we get nowhere. Voters must eschew leaders who are prone to be enemies of a secular state.

    It seems almost self-evident that the historical role of completing the Yahapalanaya project and transforming Sri Lanka into a modern state has to be played by none other than Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party”.

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    KAS
    They are not happy about his F……CID going after Sinhala Buddhists, while Ravi is still hanging on to his Galleon Wealth.. Besides Samurdhi PM has sacked poor rural people from the RDA and UDA. Signed secret deals with TNA and the GTF and Solheim to create a separate North East to be run by a Special Minister from the TNA. Stopped the Chinese and giving the Infrastructure which they built to the UNP’s Western mates under the pretext of Re FINANCING… Stopped Mahindodaya Vidyalayas so that the rural kids have to leave school at O Level.. These are the issues which the great majority are interested and concerned.,

    Continue bully the gullible……. six months enough for a turn around
    Thanks for more than 100 days ….. Sri Lanka is the only country where section of the (un)civics does not want a police division inquiring into great day light robberies!

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      VMD,

      Ranil’s F…..CID has interrogated the previous Minister of Religious Affairs , to find out how much money he allocated to our Sinhala Buddhist Temples in the Village.

      But no questions about the funds which were allocated to Mosques and Hindu Temples.

      So giving our poor monks a few Santhosams is Great Day Light Robberies in the Eyes of the Elite and Anglican UNP supporters……

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        my dear comedian K A Sumanasekera for your information no money was ever allocated to any hindu temples or to Mosques as you alleged only time money was allocated has been to rebuild damaged ones due to artillery attacks during war or when your belowed Sinhala Buddhist hoodlums damaged Mosques

        I hope it clarries your silly doubts Athal Sumane

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          That is totally untrue, institutions of all religious factions have been supported by the previous government, the COPE or whatever can check with the appropriate ministry budgets, yes, it is true that a special status is, was and has been given to Buddhism, but to say that only Buddhist institutions were supported by the previous government is a blatant lie which can easily be fact checked.

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          Peace Lover:

          Sinkalam turned Tamil.

          You little liar. You told everyone that you saw the ” Leagcy” of Mr.Ananathrajah with your own eyes as a Small Boy( Ninja Turtle).
          I asked you a few questions but you havent answrered.

          1) Where did you see it.
          2) When did you see it.
          3) Did you see it being ferried by St Johns Ambulance.
          4) Did you see it near an Army Camp.
          5) Did you see any Aliens looking like THUGS.

          These were not Multiple Choice Questions.

          As for your lies about GOSL giving money to build the temples destroyed by you lot let me give you some figures of the extent of your brutality.

          Destruction of Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka

          A compilation of sources

          Temple Murugan Kilinochchi damaged 10 Nov. 2008
          Murugan temple in Kilinochchi damaged Nov. 10 2008 by SL military shelling in which 5 civilians were injured, several seriously including a 5 year old boy

          “Since 1977 the number of Hindu temples damaged, desecrated or destroyed by the bombing, shelling, arson and over weapons would be in the region of two thousand. “

          Total names of damaged temples given in this list = 1342
          Total number of temples destroyed in the NorthEast = 2076

          “More than 1560 Hindu temples have been damaged and rendered useless while 240 Hindu temples have been totally destroyed due to ongoing war in the North and east, according to the memorandum forwarded to the director general of the UNESCO by the Hindu Religious Priest Organisation of the North East Province.

          Most of these concerns were in the North and East and were in relation to access to temples in High Security Zones and areas restricted by the military; military intrusion into religious practices and rituals; Buddhist and other religious symbols being set up in the vicinity of Hindu religious sites; allegations of destruction of kovils and shrines; disputes over archaeological sites; threats to religious places from development activity; concerns of conversions from Hinduism to other religions. In other parts of the country,concerns were raised over restrictions and protests from Government and political actors against the expansion or the presence of individual places of worship and the holding of specific rituals, as well as the issue of religious conversion.

          As you seem to know that Money was given to rebuild can you be more specific and tell me

          1) How much money was given.
          2) To whom it was given.
          3) How many temples have been rebuilt.
          4) What happened to HSZ

          If you cant answer stop lying.

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    You said: “While Mahinda Rajapakse was at his height, Ranil confidently announced that the UNP will form a government in 2015. What a prophet”. Do you still say that it was a “UNP GOVERNMENT”? Not so. What if Mr. Mithripala Sirisena was not made the Chairman of SLFP and the UPFA. Or if the UPFA – that majority in the Parliament brought a “NO CONFIDENCE” motion against the appointment of Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Prime Minister; he would have gone out from governing immediately. That “PROPHESY” prevailed because of the circumstantial manipulations made both by the President and the UPFA parliamentarians. So it is not “PROPHESY” that prevailed; but dirty political “MANOEUVRING” resorted to by the unscrupulous politicians in the present Parliament. Still what would have been Ranil’s fate. if the Parliament continued with those NO CONFIDENCE motions were to be taken up before the dissolution? This “PROPHET” would have been sent to oblivion. Lucky for him.

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      Douche Bag,

      You have got the wrong end of the stick. Ranil’s prediction that he will form a UNP govt. by 2015 is about to happen and not as you have perceived that he has already, claiming that he would have been unseated through a No confidence motion if not for the devolution. What a Gobs?

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    WHAT EVER SAID AND DONE RANIL IS GENUINE AND CAPABLE MAN.IN SRI-LANKAN DIRTY POLITICS WHAT YOU NEED IS NOT CAPABILITY BUT FOUL MOUTH AND TO ATTACK POLITICAL OPPONENTS WITH FOUL OR ATTAKING SPEECH IN SINGLA OF WICH RANIL IS FAR BHIND MAHINDARAJAH AND AURAKUMARA OF JVP.UNLESS HE ATTEND SUNDAY CLASSES TO IMPROVE HIS SPEAKING TALENTS HE CAN TUTION FROM MERVIN OR KABAL WEERAWANSE THEN ONLY HE CAN WIN THE ELECTION BATTLE.HOPE TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS.

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    Ranil may not have anticipated Sirisena allowing Rajapaksa to contest the election as a member of the UPFA. He was probably sure of Rajapaksa contesting separately and splitting the UPFA vote and thereby helping the UNP to capture power.

    One way in which the UNP can capture power is if the SLFP’ers supportive of Sirisena decide to split the party and align themselves with the UNP after the elections. If Sirisena wishes to sideline Rajapaksa he could refuse nominations for the Rajapaksa cronies and bring in a new bunch of educated supporters of his own to contest for the SLFP.

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    A non-sectarian politician who could appeal to all segments of society has yet to be born in Sri Lanka. Whether such is possible in the near future too is questionable given the present political circumstances. The best we could hope for would be a benevolent autocrat. RW is not that man.

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      Ramuuuuuuuuuuu

      ” The best we could hope for would be a benevolent autocrat.”

      That was what the people thought about JR, according to my Elders.

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        Grandad:

        Your elders died a few Centuries ago. JR wasnt that Old.

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      Ram you Sinkalam:

      What rubbbish are you talking about. Maladus ( Infertile ) dont give birth because they cant conceive so how can a non-sectarian politician who could appeal to all segments of society be born in Sri Lanka.

      Try a Test Tube Baby you moron and you will have a Ninja Turtle.

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      Ram, yours is the only sensible comment among this mad hateful CT bloggers.
      Soma

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    ”Religious instruction is a must in our schools.” Which religion?

    10 December 2014, Mahinda Rajapaksa offers prayers at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh Police Attacks Tamil Nadu Journalists in Tirupati,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqXDPW70U2k

    PM offers his weight in sandalwood, May 2015
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150419/news/pm-offers-his-weight-in-sandalwood-145717.html

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    Trouble is with Ranil is that the only way he can achieve the same monetary trend as Rajapaksa is to make the whole of Sri Lanka into a city-state like Singapore and Hong Kong, replete with tall buildings and limited GMO-paddy fields with mechanized farming methods(the ultimate demise of rural culture and natural Lankan heritage).

    Naturally will Lankan culture and heritage need to warp into a Westernized one, with Anglicized English heritage as the base and core, sprinkled with cuteness of local cultural antics, of course.

    It must be remembered that while India proudly spouts secularism, the base culture and heritage is all about Indian-ness. For example, Tamil Nadu heritage doesn’t need to consciously insist upon and Westernized play-acting. Tamil culture, language, heritage and religion is a natural and neutral part of being Tamil and Indian. Furthermore, all different races and religions in Tamil-Nadu bow down and give honor to the majority culture of Tamilness and Hinduness.

    But even then, for 200-million Indians to look very successful and trendy (quasi Western), 1 billion other Indians have to suffer grossly. When one looks at all these successful Indians, one can only think on scenes from Slum dog millionaire, however grand the saris are. If however, India was able to adapt and be just and honest within the heritage of her masses, Indians would look so much more convincing.

    Therefore I say, shame on Ranil for not wanting to be inclusive of a few Buddhist priests and make Sinhala and Buddhism the natural and neutral culture of the Island and its foundational core. If it can’t be done, then the fragile heritage of the country shouldn’t be destroyed with experimentations towards a foreign culture called secularism.

    All that needs to be done is to give assurance of 1) Affirmative Sinhala Nationalism (not the racist type, but the inclusive type, with Sinhala language and culture evolving into the harmonious and true neutral benchmark of country culture and heritage for all races, and 2) a greater move towards socialist culture, where Buddhist precepts will be the harmonious and true neutral benchmark of country operations (e.g. no-more of the frenzied associations with unsustainable Chinese capitalism). We might have to take a step back from looking glossily Westernized, but it will be an authentic and honorable representation of what Sri Lanka is all about.

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      Usual blah, blah, blah

      Forgot to take your HRT ?

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        Shezzz……What’s with all the spite?….…Get a life! Too true what I say, isn’t it! At loss for words aren’t you!…..that explains the ad hominem technique….Come on! Rise to the challenge – give a decent counter-argument.

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    Maharaja tried his best to send Ranil home by getting top UNP leaders to hackle Ranil and chase him. People like Sajith and karu also did the challenging. Remember? Now here are they. Rain never revenged on them but kept his cool wisdom.Sajith was given one of the best portfolios but unlike his Dad he is still to prove himself even in this.Important thing is how Ranil kept these pawns in his fold and how he has now on over them.
    Ranil is Mr Clean and Mr Cool. He is sectarian and can best lead our land

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    “Mahinda set up UNP men to challenge him and employed media vilification. It is here that Ranil exemplified considerable emotional maturity-not to blow up but to hold his own.”
    Soon after defeat when MR failed to do the coup he turned to Ranil and pleaded to save him and his family .Ranil gave him the assurance of full security and today MR has more security than any government leader. This is statesmanship and compassion on the part of Ranil

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    This is Sri Lanka’s moment to put things right for generations to come. As the writer states, we need structural changes to the economy. We cannot depend on foreign remittances of our housemaids. We cannot depend on hotels all over to bring in tourists. I like The PM’s idea about turning Sri Lanka into an economic hub in the Indian ocean. I also like his idea about a Metropolitan Council for Colombo and suburbs. A Free Trade Zone for Mattala can turn the White Elephant into a blessing.The time has also come when we must keep monks and priests from badgering the government. They have gone out of hand.

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    Brilliant.
    Btw, It was always Ranil’s time. Twice the Presidency was stolen from him. Both times the LTTE were involved. The fools payed dearly. Their supporters who cry for an International Inquiry must look at themselves in the mirror and pine the lost opportunities.
    We so love Misery, perhaps our religious beliefs that suffering in this birth, will grants us a better life in our next births.
    Bloody fools we are, there is no next birth, this is The Birth.
    So come on, let’s get on with it. Screw the misery.
    V.

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      Elegantly said

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    It Is Ranil’s Moment?

    If it is to benefit from a high-growth region and prosper among other nations in the world, Sri Lanka must drastically switch its focus away from narrow and claustrophobic identity and tribal battles onto modern, secular goals related to the prosperity of its people.

    *** In one word we can only achieve the above when we have Seperation of People Devolution of Power with Land , Police Powers with Freedom to attract Foreign Investment from the Diaspora.

    As for whether or not it is Ranils Moment only History will teach us.

    But more Importantly has the Moment for the Nation Arrived.
    The answer is an emphatic YES.

    It is Either Sri Lanka OR Mahintha. A stark choice.

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    When JRJ came to power in 1977 it was not because he was popular it was because the then government had lost credibility. JRJ was promoted as been honest and crafty to devolep SL to a viable democracy and a developed nation. Quite contrary to the expectations JRJ destroyed SL. He is the god father of corruption, the instigator of violent politics especially after july 83, he is the father of politicisation of the Public service and the judiciary . The result the Country is now an almost a failed state , thanks also to the self interest of the political class that succeeded him.This was aided and abetted by secularism that has virtually handed over the determinant of morality of the country and society to a political class that has proved beyond doubt are immoral.
    The country now faces a dilemma Whom can we trust. Ranil is attempting a JRJ. Can he be trusted. Batalanda ,arjuna mahendran and his association with JRJ has proved that he is as immoral and self seeking as JRJ. He is a destroyer of the country. Can the country trust MR and his cottery. He has proved beyond that he cannot be trusted nor the people around him. He is worst than RW. MS has been hippo critical with his sycophantic behaviour during MR regime. Can he be trusted? He cannot he is weak and is too involved in the corrupt politics of 20 years. But in this corrupt system he is the best we have got.
    Whom should the people vote for? People should banish each and every MP from the present parliament. Vote for men who are unproven educated immaterial of the party they represent and hope they will have an ounce of morality and intelligence to lead the country out of this mess.
    ,

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    Ranil is Mr cool and Mr clean.You are got to be Joking.We were not born yesterday.We have lived through the Horror period when UNP was in power.Ranil
    was responsible for famous tourture chambers in the notorious Batalanda case.He
    and his goons exposed the whereabout of Army intelligence officers in now famous
    Millanium city debacle.That resulted in LTTE gunning down and killing our most
    experienced officers.Tried very best to give one third of the country to his mate Praba.He and his goons can not differentiate between going to Alimankade and Pamankade.When CB Bond case happened he tried to whitewash it by appointing his henchman lawyers.Common how can lawyers investigate when it should have been
    done by independent Accounting Professionals.MR and his henchmen are very rightly accused of corruption.This corruption happened during UNP Regime too.At
    Least MR gave the leadership to eradicate the LTTE Menance which enables us to go to any part of the country without being blown to pieces.A bad Rajapakse is
    better than intelletual Ranil.And if his mate Praba was alived today I am sure
    he will get the post of defence Secretary under a government led by Ranil

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      Ravi you Moron.

      Who created this Horror Period and for your information it is you lot who brutalised the Tamils for the last 66 years.

      Praba getting the Post of Defence Secretary is better than Karuna getting the Post of Resettlement Programme. He only settled Sinkalam in Tamil areas so dont talk Rubbish.

      Corruption under UNP and the THUG is like Mole hill and Mountain.

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      Ravi.Perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

      “Common how can lawyers investigate when it should have been done by independent Accounting Professionals”

      Congratulation, you too are learning albeit at a slow pace. I am happy you are learning.

      “MR and his henchmen are very rightly accused of corruption.This corruption happened during UNP Regime too.”

      Therefore would you like to set off the crimes against one another? Perhaps you would like to see parity achieved by both.

      “Least MR gave the leadership to eradicate the LTTE Menance which enables us to go to any part of the country without being blown to pieces.”

      It was Hindian leadership which destroyed LTTE. MR was only an incidental tool in the whole arrangement. Hindians found VP and LTTE the best tool to bring this island into its orbit. Then they used MR as the proxy to destroy LTTE. It was actually VP who won two elections and a war for MR. Now MR is missing VP. It seems no VP no victory for MR.

      “That resulted in LTTE gunning down and killing our most experienced officers.”

      By the way you forgot to mention that they were experienced in torture, human rights violation, murder, causing disappearance, …. in the North as well as in the South.

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        Grandad:

        If I have ever caught a Culprit by chance with pants down it was you.

        ” I am ashamed to be a Tamil ( same as he is a Tamil).

        I am sure you will regrett revealing your true identity for the rest of your life.

        Now I know your tricks. Anything you are not sure you know you can get Kali to answer. So pretend to be a Stateless Native and dig it out of Kali. I dont mind coming to your rescue as that is my Job. Helping people in need.

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    Ranil has a lot of work ahead of him. He is now 65 remember.

    First fix all the problems that have accumulated in sri lanka for 2500 years

    Then go to Greece and fix their economy

    Then to Palestine and fix their long drawn problems with israel

    Go to USA and help Hilary Clinton win her campaign (with Ranils sterling record of being a winner and manipulator in the cess pit of sri lankan politics this should be the easiest job)

    Then back to Asia , particularly Bangladesh to wipe out their poverty.

    If then he has any time back to a posh beach resort down south with some male intellectual types and come up with Ideas of making India the no one super power in the world.

    This is the only mission that can satisfy the talents of such a huge intellectual and a action man like Ranil. This is the only agenda that will satisfy his utterly faithful following like Mr. Jayasinghe and Co.

    Ranil is only a lawyer who was born with the right connections to politically corrupt system. But what a lot he has achieved with the businesses he inherited ( his father and mother were business people), the UNP he took over(thanks to prabakaran) , and the country whenever he was a minister(youth affairs, education etc) What ever he touched became a role model for the entire world. Even Obama is studying Ranil’s methods and his very deep mind.

    We sri lankans are funny , dont you think Mr. Jayasinghe now living in Australia ? An Australian will say a bull-shit race of no hopers!

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    Well said, Viswajith. Our religion has screwed us

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