19 September, 2020

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Mahinda Chinthanaya And Public Accountability For The Economic Crisis In Sri Lanka

By Anonymous –

The ‘miracle of Asia’ is rapidly morphing into the ‘debacle of Asia’ as the Sri Lankan rupee plunges to an all time low with the trade deficit ballooning to unsustainable levels, and the county sinking into a debt trap. The people are paying for the debt incurred due to corruption, loss making enterprises, and the policy mistakes of a jumbo cabinet of incompetent Ministers. Just before the three day Vesak holiday with its excess of commercialized public religion the prices of cement, gas and milk power were raised as famers poured unsold milk into rivers although the Minister of Life Stock had recently imported special Australian cows to boost milk production – at significant cost! Good timing indeed! President Mahinda Rajapaksa that same week intervened to order the National Savings Bank to cancel its highly controversial purchase of 13% stake in The Finance Company at an inflated price. The transaction was described by many stock market analysts at the time as yet another ‘fixed’ deal where a state entity buys shares of a company at highly a inflated price in what is termed as ‘push and dump’ practice. National Banks have been willy nilly issuing bonds to raise funds at the behest of the Central Bank’s Governor, who has led the country into a debt trap and against whom charges of economic crime and criminal negligence is mounting.

The pendulum has swung from one extreme to another: the best performing stock exchange in 2010 has tanked. Last week the Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading English language daily ran a story headlined: “Sri Lanka’s Postwar Economic Miracle Sours”. Lanka’s looming economic crisis which cannot be disguised by the Central Bank boasting about 8 percent GDP growth on borrowed steam, seems to be common knowledge overseas, has been barely discussed within the country due to state-orchestrated patriotism against the U.S resolution calling on the Lankan government to ensure reconciliation and accountability for excesses at war’s end at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Meanwhile, the main political opposition in the country has been silent and silenced on the unfolding economic debacle by its own internal crisis.

During the war years, an economic think tank in Colombo did a notable study on the “Economic Costs of War in Sri Lanka” which calculated the lost opportunities for growth as a percentage of the country’s GDP which was indeed significant. At this time, a similar study on the “The economic costs of the failure to effect reconciliation and power-sharing” three years after the war ended in May 2009 may be warranted as the political costs of the Rajapakse regime’s domestic and international policy mounts. There is need for clear accounting of, and accountability for, the economic impacts of the political and governance policy of the Colombo regime on the economy of the country, particularly, its chilling effect on economic growth–not just in terms of the lack of foreign direct investment (FDI) and investor confidence at this time.

As the clock ticked in Geneva at the 20th United Nations Human Rights Commission sessions, the Colombo regime seemed to fast lose support from key trading partners, investors, and tourist revenue generating publics in India, Europe and the United States due to its confrontational policies, empty rhetoric and grandstanding in the absence of on-ground demilitarization, power sharing and reconciliation after the war ended three years ago in Sri Lanka. Last year Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalith Jeyram called for a boycott of Sri Lankan goods and services and economic sanctions. Meanwhile the SL rupee depreciated to historical lows unknown even in the worst year of the war, as the government printed more money and continues borrowing at commercial rates to pay off the interest on debts incurred for white elephant development projects in Hambantota, loss making state enterprises like Sri Lankan and Mihin Air, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, and the regime’s conspicuous consumption.  The dollar sold at a shocking 130 Sri Lankan rupees and lost purchasing power, while questionable inflation rates were released by the Central Bank to disguise the problem. In the context, the New Year promises mounting protests and strikes by working people at the rising cost of living, increased economic inequality and poverty amid stagnant wages for the working classes.

Internationally, the Rajapakse regime’s failure to effect genuine reconciliation at the end of the war, its unwillingness to share power and prosperity (not only with the war-stricken regions), has finally elicited a response, in the form of the US resolution against the Rajapakse regime at the UNHRC.  Significant segments of the International community are also worried that the tipping point of militarization has been reached in the country and that militarization is counterproductive to genuine peace and human security in the postwar context, and hence are concerned about a possible return of violence due to the failure to effect genuine reconciliation and ensure that victims are provided justice and the wounds of war healed. The National Museum which is in a virtual high security zone in Colombo was robbed recently.

Regime-sponsored protests and patriotic rhetoric about ‘sovereignty’ have been orchestrated to mask the deep and unfolding economic crisis on the streets and in homes throughout the country at this time. The current economic crisis in Sri Lanka is directly related to the post-war political crisis in the country precipitated by the ruling family’s desire for unlimited power and self-aggrandizement. The Rajapakse model for Sri Lanka’s post-war economy has been reconstruction managed by the extended family and cronies in order to construct a hegemonic order and a strangle hold over the political economy. This is the opposite of liberal democratic peace desired by Lankan citizens who value civil liberties, the rule of law, and poverty alleviation for an equitable and just society.  At war’s end, the Rajapakse family has run amok militarizing the county while concentrating economic and political power in their hands to ensure regime impunity via the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. The concentration of economic power within the extended Rajapakse family and associated cronies has been considerable, though less remarked than the concentration of political power.

The rhetoric of “sovereignty” and post-colonial victimhood employed by the Colombo regime to rebut the United States Resolution supported by the UK and EU at the UNHRC in Geneva rings hollow in light of the internal colonization, militarization, occupation and land grabbing by the Rajapakse regime in the northeast minority regions of the country after war ended. In this context, a study of the economic costs of the failure to effect political reconciliation at war’s end would also then provide insight into the policy debacle, cronyism and institutional decay that has led to the current economic crisis.

However, given the ‘politics of knowledge’ production in a country where investment in research, development and in critical thinking, in both the public and private sectors are minimal and knowledge and information is increasingly blocked by a paranoid regime bent on silencing its critics, a study of missed opportunities for economic growth at war’s end may be too much to ask.  More or less objective political economic analysis is a dangerous business these days. Those who engage in critical reasoning and analysis and actually read economic fundamentals rather than listen to the spin put out by the Governor of the Central Bank, in order to assess the regime’s post-war economic development policies are accused of ‘talking down’ the economy and being anti-national or having a political agenda.

The failure to attract foreign investment and the indebting of Sri Lanka to China which has bank-rolled the majority of Rajapakse’s capital intensive white elephant infrastructure projects in Hambantota since the end of the war is directly related to the lack of a balanced strategy and policy that prioritizes “trade not aid” for post-war Lanka’s political and economic development. After all, the United States is Lanka’s largest trade partner and the European Union it’s second largest.  Since aid has long been considered a form of ‘colonialism by other means’ whether given by Europe, the US, China or India, the left has always emphasized “trade not aid” as a means of and for real economic growth.

 

Trade, Aid and Mahinda Chinthanaya as Policy Debacle

What county names its economic policy framework document after the President of the country? The former head of state of Iceland has been charged for Economic negligence given the country’s default and enforced debt restructuring by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – in the interest of public accountability. Geir Haarde, Iceland’s former Premier, is charged with negligence in failing to prevent that country’s financial crisis and faces up to two years in prison if found guilty. The trial in Reykjavik is thought to be the first of its kind where a world leader is held accountable for presiding over a country’s economic collapse. Mr Haarde, who was prime minister from 2006 to 2009, pleaded not guilty in his court appearance on Monday March 5 2012. Iceland’s parliament voted for the trial to take place in 2010, arguing that public accountability is an essential requirement of the country’s recovery process.

Harvard educated, African Economist Dambisa Moyo, in a book titled “Dead Aid” has called for an end to aid to Africa and argues that un-transparent and poorly monitored aid, traps counties in a debt trap, promotes poor and corrupt governance and de-develops institutions in aid receiving countries. At war’s end in Sri Lanka, TRADE NOT AID which has pushed many countries in Africa into a debt trap is the way forward. The Chinese loans taken for Rajapakse’s white elephant infrastructure projects are indebting the country and significant reason for the current deficit and depreciating rupee, with its knock on effects on reduced purchasing power and raising the cost of living. The depreciating rupee and the reduction in purchasing power have affected poor people disproportionately. It is the poor that are being forced to pay for Rajapakse’s egoistic economic policy debacle in Sri Lanka at this time. While the US is Sri Lanka’s biggest trade partner and trade grows the productive sectors of a country, so-called Chinese “aid” to Rajapakse is actually impoverishing Lanka and facilitating poor governance.

It is time to seek accountability from the head of state, his brothers and their cronies at the Central Bank for the unfolding financial crisis and depreciation of the rupee Sri Lanka. The current jumbo cabinet of Ministers under Mahinda Rajapakse, is arguably the most under-educated, ignorant, and technically and technologically incompetent cabinet in the history of post-independence Ceylon/ Sri Lanka. This is in the context of the fact that in today’s globalized information economy and trans-nationally networked society, technical competence of high caliber is necessary for policy making, planning and development project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, especially if Lanka is to be a “knowledge hub”. The majority of the Ministers of the Rajapakse Cabinet are mono-lingual and locked into the prison house of linguistic nationalism and jingoism. They mask their technical incompetence, inefficiency and policy mistakes with nationalist rhetoric. Subject Ministers do not have the qualifications, expertise or experience for the port folios they hold and are also reluctant to bring in or consult experts being fearful that their ignorance would be shown up.

The largest minority community in Sri Lanka, well known for high academic excellence and for exporting professional skill and talent overseas, is represented today in the Cabinet by war lords and individuals directly accused of war crimes with little education such as Douglas Devananda and Karuna Amman – a far cry from Oxford educated Lakshman Kardirigamar. This is in itself an insult to the Tamil community which has always had a surfeit of highly qualified and educated expertise in most fields and used to export technical expertise to places such as Malaysia and Singapore where the current Deputy Prime Minister and former Finance Minister is of Ceylon Tamil descent.

The most important portfolio when it comes to economy and development policy is held by a person without the necessary qualifications, experience or expertise and merely because he is related to the President: Basil Rajapakse the so-called Minister for Economic Development.  The Higher Education portfolio is held by S.B Dissanayake who clearly lacks any of the characteristics of an intellectual or knowledge of the research process to enable Lanka to become a “knowledge hub”. Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Bandula Gunawardena, said recently that a family of three could live a comfortable life with an income of Rs.7500 per month if they used their money wisely. Addressing a gathering at the opening ceremony of the Maternity and Childcare Centre in Homagama he claimed that if people refrained from wasteful expenditure they could live happier, fuller and pleasanter lives. The so-called Minister of Education should be asked to resign for lying and/or incompetence at this time since he has claimed that a person may live on Rs 2.500 a month, which is factually incorrect. He is clearly unfit to hold such an important portfolio and provide a poor example and role model for students in the Lankan education system at this time.  Previously the incompetence of this Minister was evident following the GCE A Level grades scandal which he seems to have forgotten!

Double standards and double speak on the economic and political front seem to be the name of the game played by the Colombo regime. While the poor are asked to do import substitution, and the so-called Minister for Economic Development talks about “self-sufficiency” (swayamposhithwaya) in high Sinhala, the ruling family has different tastes and consumption patterns – super luxury imported cars for Colombo and Kandy night races on which diminishing foreign currency reserves are being spent! Clearly, the royal family and UPFA Ministers would be advised to set an example in simple living and take a pay cut and practice what they preach! President Rajapakse has said that he is concerned about involvement of local government politicians in crimes, but ignores the crimes and lies of national level politicians and cabinet members. The example of nepotism, cronyism, downright lies and poor local government is set at the top and seems to have a trickle-down effect to provincial government.

The UNP Debacle

The UNP opposition also bears responsibility for the twin political and economic crises that Lanka faces at this time. Why were the opposition parties, particularly the UNP, as well as, the business community been largely silent on the current unfolding economic debacle? Although the UNP has often styled itself as the party that knows to run the economy, the infighting seems to have led the leader to attempt to silence party members on all fronts, thus heightening Lanka’s democratic deficit at this time. After all, public debate, analysis and informed discussion of policies in order to educate and inform the public and foster public debate are necessary for a vibrant democracy.

The UNP under Ranil Wickramasinghe suffers a democracy deficit parallel to the democratic deficit in the county at large under the militarized Rajapakse regime. Beset by infighting the UNP has failed in its fundamental duty as a responsible opposition to carry out a systematic campaign to educate the people on the reasons for the twin economic and political crises that Sri Lanka faces at this time. As dissent within the party mounts, Wickramasinghe lacks the moral authority to critique the Rajapakse regime on its greed for power and poor democratic governance record since the UNP has no democracy within, and hence has remained silent rather than discussing the real issues with the people. He has also failed to groom a leader from the younger generation for the Grand Old Party who would best represent the inclusive, plural and multicultural values of the party which Sajith Premadasa simply does not seem capable of understanding, let alone representing. At this time it seems that Rosy Senanayake would be a better man to lead the UNP, and women in Lanka would best unite to make her a winner!

Unfortunately the UNP Mayor who should be raising the issue about the anti-people development policies of the militarized UDA of Colombo; policies, whereby poor people living in slums in low lying areas on the edges of the city are evicted has been silent. The current Mayor increasingly appears to be Wickramainghe’s puppet, elected by default, mainly by the Tamil-speaking majority residents of Colombo. What a disappointment for Colombo’s citizens who voted for the UNP at the Colombo Municipal Council elections last year. The ever opportunistic Ranil Wickramasinghe, like Nero appears to be fiddling while Rome burns, playing patriotism and while silencing his party members from debating the crisis. There seems to be little difference between the leader of the UNP and the SLFP in their greed for power which is compounding the current political economic crisis.

While the ruling coalition UPFA had its discussion and training on the political economic crisis in the country recently at the military camp in Diyatalawa, the UNP has made no attempt at systematic or systemic analysis of the current political economic crisis in Lanka, nor has it sought to educate the public on the issues. Yet, an informed and knowledgeable public is the fundamental requirement of democracy and the UNP as the main opposition party has an obligation to keep the people informed and educated on the twin crises facing Lanka at this time.

In the final analysis, it is apparent that the U.S resolution in Geneva is not against the people of Sri Lanka, it is merely against the Rajapakse regime’s failed policies post-war, and in the long run, in the best interests of democracy and development in Sri Lanka – whatever the US Human rights track record may be in other parts of the world. The UNP opposition under Ranil Wickramasinghe has failed to perform its role of educating and informing the people of Sri Lanka on the complexities of the real situation and the political economy of the crisis that the country faces today.

Economic Crisis and Public Accountability

In order to correct the economic debacle unfolding at this time in Sri Lanka and to ensure a modicum of financial, economic and development policy accountability the following measures are recommended

  1. All the Hambantota capital intensive mega-infrastructure projects be put on hold, reviewed and evaluated for their feasibility, and human development and poverty impacts in the context of the current financial crisis and debt trap. Projects that do not contribute directly to poverty alleviation and human resource development be discontinued. The port, airport, and various spots stadia in Hambantota appear to be white elephant projects since they cannot be sustained by the population of the district (350,000) of which over ninety percent are farmers and fisher folk, who lack the labour profile, and service sector and industrial skills to work in international airports, convention centers and proposed industrial park. The demographic and labour profile of Hambantota simply cannot sustain the China – funded international air port and planned industrial park. No adequate social impact assessments or feasibility studies of the Hambantota development plan and its benefits to the people appear to have been done prior to commencement of construction. The Hambantota harbor inaugurated over a year ago has had 5 ships visit because of the rock beds that lie under the ocean from Hambantota to the Great and little Basses, famous among deep sea divers for ship-wrecks. The rock beds explain why unlike Galle, Colombo, Mantai, Trincomalee, Hambantota was never a port in ancient Lanka. It should be remembered that Burma became a military dictatorship with lots of “aid” from China who aid giving has historically buttressed dictatorships and poor governance in Asia and Africa.
  2. Likewise, a full public accounting of and for foreign exchange spent by the Rajapakse regime on conspicuous consumption and gala events, particularly, imported super luxury cars for politicians and Namal Rajapakse’ s car races in Colombo, Kandy etc. need to be assessed and these activities curtailed. Many roads have been carpeted at unwarranted cost for Namal Rajapakse’s car racing activities (such as the road with so many bends), rather than for development since there are many other roads that are in need of repair. The post-war Rajapakse regime has spent huge amount of foreign currency on luxury cars and car races, rather than investment in public transport for long suffering commuters. A white paper on public transport upgrading and development which is less environmentally costly than cars is necessary and the Singaporean transport model should be followed. The Chinese Government recently made it necessary that its politicians to buy Chinese manufactured cars which are cheaper. In Lanka politicians should be required buy cheaper Asian manufactured cars rather than Audis, BMWs and Mercs to save dwindling foreign reserves. An accounting of all the funds spent on gala events, Bolly wood nights beach games, car races needs to be made available to the public. In Kandy last week there were complaints from the public that the military was organizing car races in which Namal Rajapakse was racing, and that people were being coerced to purchase tickets for the event. Meanwhile sand bagged roads in Kandy city center for the Rajapakse car races were an eye sore and greatly inconvenienced the public – a fact pointed out by the Mahanayake who spoken out against the event. The Kandy night races were after protests in Colombo last year against drag races and noise pollution — all for the entertainment of the Rajapakse heir apparent.
  3. There should be a total restructuring of sector spending to reflect post-war priorities. State sponsored military business and the defense budget need to be down sized and right sized for a post-war context and funds should instead be allocated to Health, education, research and development which has a miniscule budget compared to the defense ministry. The IMF should not release the next tranche of funds till this is done. Military businesses thrive thanks to invisible state subsidies in the form of free land, the use of military assets, and loans to bail them out when they run into trouble. Military business also gives rise to corruption and is not economically rational, especially in the context of already high public debt. In Indonesia today as the military is being reformed and State subsidies withdrawn under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, military businesses have folded.
  4. Investigation of the Common Wealth Games debacle and public funds wasted, including on public relations companies to generate economic spin, should be conducted to ensure public accountability of the Central Bank and its Governor Nivard Cabraal at this time. The dichotomy made between ‘inefficiency’ and ‘corruption’ is a false one that serves to water down financial and economic crime committed by un-qualified, politically appointed stooges. There should be an investigation of the role of the Central Bank Governor in the Commonwealth Games bid which would have bankrupted Lanka if it had been won. There needs to be an investigation of the manner in which Central Bank manipulates figures and indexes and economic information and the Governor held accountable for economic crimes and negligence.
  5. At the same time, international donors need to be asked to stop funding un-necessary capital intensive infra structure projects with dubious benefit to poor communities and the people of Sri Lanka, until proper social and poverty impact assessments of these projects are done. Many capital intensive infrastructure projects provide substantial kick-backs and the collusion between corrupt local politicians and the aid industry is apparent and are also contributing to the country’s debt trap in the name of infrastructure for economic development which is merely white elephant projects.  Donors should be asked to stop funding GoSL mega “development” capital intensive infrastructure projects and rather invest in human resource development except urgent humanitarian programs given the massive debt being accumulated for fake development projects which enable large kickbacks for the ministers and their cronies.  All infrastructure projects should be evaluated in terms of their poverty impacts. Meanwhile there needs to be a systematic civil society audit and evaluation of all the Chinese and Indian “development” projects and their benefits to the people and delivery time frames in the interest of good AID governance for debt reduction. The international development donors have also contributed to the post-war governance debacle by being silent on and going along with the militarization of urban development and the Colombo development model which is anti-people and environment. World Bank that likes to talk about “good governance” is planning to provide a massive loan to the Ministry of Defense supposedly for Colombo’s urban development and will add to the already highly inflated defense budget of Lanka. Civil society must protest against such project that support militarized local governance and militarization in Sri Lanka since aid is FUNGIBLE. World Bank needs to be asked to stop funding the Ministry of Defense and the militarization of Lanka via the Urban Development Authority!  The IMF must place reduction of the military budget and demilitarization as a precondition for release of the remaining tranche of fund to the GoSL.
  6. Finally, it is to be hoped that the passage of the resolution in Geneva will be a wake-up call for Sri Lanka’s politicians in all political parties towards cleaning up the country’s abysmal political culture and a policy paradigm shift. The concentration of power in the hands of unqualified politicians, political families, politicization of public institutions, nepotism and cronyism, and the appointment of unqualified relatives and stooges to key Ministries and institutions, and the marginalization of qualified and technically competent people, is at the root of the institutional decay, lack of transparency and coherence in policy and planning visible in every sector in post-war Lanka at the root of the current economic crisis. Those who hold cabinet portfolios should be required to have significant qualifications and expertise in the sector and be able to develop sector development plans for each ministry. When those who do not know the subject are in charge they fear those who actually have the expertise and hence the policy mistakes and corruption mount. This situation must be reversed and those responsible for the economic crisis must be investigated and held accountable. Impunity for economic crimes must be challenged since it is the poor who suffer the consequences disproportionately.
  7. Finally, the opposition UNP (and other political parties) and civil society must seek accountability for the economic crisis and develop a strategy and campaign to discuss and educate the citizens of Sri Lanka on the gravity and causes of the current situation and the need for a policy paradigm shift so that all Sri Lankans, not just the ruling family and associates may benefit from the end of war in the country three years ago. The UNP must also seek genuine solutions rather than pretend that its work is done and it is merely for the Rajapakse regime to implement the LRRC recommendations. An informed and educated public and citizenry is after all a sine qua non for a vibrant democracy.
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    Sri Lanka beacame a “miracle of Asia” a long ago in price hike, abduction, human writes & more…

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      Accountability is the key. Nivard Cabraal and the Central Bank should be interdicted and indicted for economic and financial crime and negligence since there is a clear case against him on the Commonwealth Games bid which wasted massive public funds for an event that would have bankrupt the country if the bid had been won.

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    Excellent analysis of current Social,Economic & Political situation in Sri Lanka on the basis of actual situation.Thank you

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      @ Dilip, with no offence meant, where have you or this Mr. Anonymous been all this while, for you all to discover now, as something new, the presented analysis as a truthful, factual situation, representing the country under this corrupt rogue MR? There is one Chandra Goonawardene, who comments that the Opposition should have a leader with a spine to channel this public discontent into action. That is his assessment. Then Mr. Anonymous even suggests that we should seriously consider appointing Rosy Senanayake as a better MAN to lead the UNP to make her the winner.

      I have seen many an arm chair critics in this country including the anonymous writer. For all I know some of the ardent critics of MR today, possibly inclusive of the writer of this article, could be the ones that thought MR is ‘THE LEADER’ and enjoyed the past time of Bashing Ranil Wickremasinghe. Now that MR has shown his capabilities in full measure, the despondency of those who supported him, are desperate and want RW to oust MR, hook or by crook and take the reins to his hands immediately. I kindly urge for those who suggests and accuse RW as a weak leader, to please let the public know, how RW could do this on his own. Is it by staging a massive demonstration and paralysing the govt. machinery, brining it to a complete halt? What will the govt. do with the Forces at it’s command having hyped them fully after the so called War Victory? Afterall the Forces have got prominence today and would do anything to preserve their status. Thus the demonstrators will be dealt and for certain there will be a severe number of casualties. Then who will have to take the blame for this? Will it not be RW? Leave alone large demonstrations, for the peaceful demonstrations that the UNP have staged so far under RW, how many of these armchair critics took part? If not for the UNP Party card holders who have been at the forefront for all demonstrations, these critics have been nowhere to support. Ironically it is these very critics who ridiculed RW when he did demonstrate asking the public to toot the car horns and staged a number of other demonstrations. Has RW not brought to the notice of the Public, the matters that the writer of this article has mentioned? What support has RW received from the Professionals and Academics where the majority were pandering to MR despite the flagrant violations committed as reinstating a convict as PBJ? Let us be truthful, mere Ranil Bashing alone would not do, unless we all make a commitment and not expect the others to do the dirty for us to enjoy the benifits.

      What ails this society? From the time the SLFP led coalitions in the ’50s have been appealing to the sentiments of the masses and not to their reasoning. When the SLFP/MEP coalition won in ’56 they boasted that their Government was for the poor. The Rich had no place in society and their wealth was to be legislated to the poor to make them also rich. The govt. of the day banned all imports of apples, grapes, chocolates and food stuffs which they claimed was eaten by the rich. Natinalisation and Land Reform was hailed as achievements for the betterment of the poor, whereas the real reason was to break the backbone of the UNP. The UNP in order to survive, opened it’s doors to the riff raff in society as well. The result was the corrupt made entry into all political parties. Therefore steering the UNP ship was no easy task and at times being in the hands of the very corrupt and violent too. These individuals ably assisted by some from the elite were espousing that the Leadership of the country should be in the hands of the ordinary and not of the elite. A man from the grass root level who understand the plight of the masses they claimed. If only one looks around the present elite, many of them were the grass roots of this society not very long ago, but today they stand well above the norms of the rich they once shouted, ‘Dhanapathiya Bangawewa’.

      If the requirement is to turn the Economy around as done in 2002 when the economy went into recession, avoid corruption, waste and for prudent governance, with a Law and Order System applicable to all without exception, there cannot be a better person that Ranil Wickremasinghe. Unless those who oppose RW wants someone else for the reason for them to be recognised in the system, for them to be the VIPs, is understandable. Then again we will be replacing one lot with another lot. Is this not what has been happening all this while? Why seek a change then?

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        What a pathetic assessment from a tiny brain! If not for the nationalisation and the distribution of thousands of acres of dry and wet land that people like Bandaranayakes inherited, among the poor, people like Gamini would be plucking coconut today in a village near Dambana. Those good people made laws, they shared their own wealth, went further and limited the land ownership to 50 acres. JR increased the ownership to 100 acres or so and Premadasa made an attempt to abolish the law. There would be no Joseph Michael Perera, No Tissa Attanayake if not for 1956 policies, only the gay boy (no offence meant) RW from today’s lot would be sitting in the opposition. It made it possible for the poor, non-English speaking folk to enter the parliament and mingle with the elite. Of course there were mistakes like any other government as well.

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          @ Rupert Vanderkoon, another for your thoughts from my tiny brain to your brawn as you amply displays that you have no grey matter at all. If as you allege, that Nationalisation helped the poor, then why is it that all govts today are trying to Privatise most of what had been Nationalised then? Long before Nationalisation, the poor landless from the rest of the country were given prepared paddy land of five acres, three acres of highland, a two roomed house, A Co-operative for the purchase of all requirements to be paid back from their produce, by opening Colonies at Nochchiyagama, Dewahuwa, Illachchiya, Maha Illachchiya, Kantale, Gal-oya, Ampara etc. started by DS Senanayake of the UNP. These lands were given to the poor and not for the rich. Whereas under Land Reform, the UF govt. after acquiring well planted Coconut property of the Private Sector, distributed among the party catchers, 20/40 perch blocks, not because they were landless. I know there were many receipents who owned land. What happened to the coconut Industry where the prices have soared and the govt, having to import coconut to stablise prices were the direct results of land fragmentation.

          As for your comment, that if the poor did not benifit from such land fragmentation, that I will be stil plucking coconut somewhere in Dambana, I presume you are speaking of your ancestry of tree climbers, because I am a fifth generation direct descendent of one who signed the 1815 Convention and can proudly state so, although I do not gloat about my Aristocrasy as I consider all people are equal today. Besides there is no coconut in Dambana being in the dry zone for your information.

          I agree there has been a sense of ruthlessness of the latter additions to the Landed Gentry of this country, where the poor peasants have been treated harshly. As for us the rappo that exists between my family and the villagers in my village, is that even after 50 years, after the Paddy Lands Act has been enacted, still we get half share of the paddy yield and brought to the house and given not for any payment. Why? because of the goodwill that exist between us and the villagers.

          As for your information, since you are of the belief that Joseph Michael Perera, Tissa Attanayake or anyother for that matter are in existance today to be somebody in society, is not due to the Policies of 1956, but thanks to the British who made Education available to all and sundry in this country. It is thanks to the Education, introduced by the British that all of us today are, what we are and not because our ancestry is British. It is the leadership of the ’56 regiem that denied an English knowledge to the average Sri lankan, that have produced half baked pundits as your breed, who are of no benifit to yourself nor to the country.

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      Cool, Cool, ditto! The huge pimple on Mahinda Rajapakse’s face has burst and the shit is hitting the fan big time – including IMF, World Bank and Asian Development bank in Lanka! And of course internationally, in France, Monsieur Hollande has won!. The genuine left is back to challenge the State run capitalism now promoted by the international financial institutions, China, European Union and followed by MR and his jumbo cabinet all of whom are brain dead and intellectually and morally bankrupt.
      Yesterday MR inaugurated the Asian Development bank (ADB) funded picturesque road with 18 bends between Kandy and Mahiyanganaya for his sons to car race on< Asian Development Bank (ADB) has funded the ‘reconstruction’ (note the language) of the road – to the tune of 51 billion! Surely there are other roads to be ‘reconstructed at less cost in the country?! Or could have been spent for a better train service between Colombo and Kandy and Jaffna?! However, this particular road presents an attractive challenge for car racing!

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    In fact to my knowledge you have even approch to certral question of island ECONOMY PROBELM AND DEVELOPEMENT basilly inappropiate; the what TYPE OF CAPITALISM PATH of developemnet WE SHOULD NEED TO BE TAKEN.Your certain critisism are correct,but you have not gone to deep analysis of ongoing CRUX OF ECONOMIC SETBACK of Sri lanka.
    Your economy reading is very poor and outdated.
    TURE the producative forces,pratice and the economic base generally play the principle and decisive role…But it also must be admitted that certain conditions,such aspects as the relation of producation,therory and superstturctues in turn mainifest themselfs in principle and decisive role..” but end of war imperial and IMF WB ABD has been interfer our economy develope and growth wrong footing.And Us Eu Economy bacome weak invole many FINICIAL CRISIS AND SOVERERGINITY DEBT IN US $ TRILLION DOLLARS.US AND EU are poor economy performance is helpless to support Sri Lankan economy in FINACIALLY.

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    Is this Pradeep Kariyawasam (head of NSB), the same infamous and corrupt husband of the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake??

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      Yes Pandu this is the same person the husband of the CJ Siranie Bandaranayake, who is the Chairman of NSB who is Pradeep Kariyawasam. These corrupt individuals retain their nee names so that it helps them to pose as different individuals, to dupe the masses, becaause if they adopt as others do, to go by the name of the husband then they will be exposed. This is not the first time such corrupt have resorted to such separate names being used. It just comes to my mind that former Election Commissionner Chandananda De Silva another rogue and a panderer to the corrupt, his wife who was in the Inland Revenue also had different names. In this instance Duminda Silva’s brother Reinor Silva and crowd are responsible for the deal.

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        Thank you gamini for that response. This Chief (or Cheap) Justice should be booted out..

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    Excellent analysis, yes a banking crisis similar to the sub-prime and banking crisis in the US and Euro zone is on the cards in Lanka since Nivard Cabraal quite irresponsibly has been encouraging the Bank of Ceylon and state other banks to issue bonds. When this happens the shit will then hit the fan, the rupee will crash, and the IMF will have to restructure the debt. Right now IMF is licking its lips and pretending that all is fine as it did with so many Euroepan countries now in debt which have givne the IMF a new lease of life.
    The case of Ireland which borrowed heavily from German banks in Europe and then crashed and is now the most indebted country in the world after IMF restructuring is relevant. since Lanka is similarly borrowing willy nilly from China, Japan etc for dubious infrastructure “development” projects.

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    Your SILENT of Finicial and Economic crisis in WEST have brought large amount soverigin Debt In US And EU;Its comes to trillion dollars.IMF ongoing packege raise FUND for EU of $ 450 Billion dollars,even now short of $550 US Billion dollars.IMF want nearly ONE Trillion US $ dollar rescue & bailout of EU countries are in biggest debt crisis.
    Sorry to say your anyalsis is are blind and all in dark ahead of this crisis in West.
    Please noted ongoing changes of Golbal economy as follow;according to IMF, EU is largest GDP worth $ 15.8 Trillion US dollars.US follow $ 15 Trilloin,PRC with $11.3 trillion., and India now narrowly ahead of Japan, with $4.458 trillion,against Japan $4.44 trillion.
    In terms of report release by Stantdard Charterd Bank,” People Bank Of China is biggest certral bank in terms of total ASSETS,but because it is the world largest suppliier of global LIQUIDITY.According to SCB report specially its total assests reached $ 4.5 Trillion in end of Febuary 2012.Compare with to the $3.5 trillion held by the ECB and Federal Reserve’S $3.0 trillion.Futher more in 2011,PRC”s board MONEY SUPPLY(M2) account for 52% percent of the WORLD.
    China not only GDP as well as Global liqidity is concern a become biggest in presnt world order.Why we seek cash and funds for our developement PROJECTS and progress of our PEOPLE upliftments. After end of 30 war in island people have many oustabding economi and living problems.We need to be address.
    There is no white elephans projects in country.We want Ports Airports,Roads and several developemnts in Island. Rehibiliation and reconstruaction of NORTH AND EAST NEED MORE FUNDS.We dont mind its comes from any part of world as much as it serve our national purpopsed of DEVELOPEMENT.
    Even China Holding $ 1.3 Trillion US sovererigty bonds!
    China provide Billons of bailout funds to EU
    Ours urgently want reorinted and cut accross uneven and underdeveloped CAPITALISM PATH.How are we going to do? You have not answer to such CENTRIAL QUESTION!All your critrizims are welcome,but cannot COERCION YOUR OLD & OUT-DATED SCHOOL OF economy thoughts on other.Is not fair play for poor people of Sri Lankan.

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      Oh God CT, here’s another reply that simply lacks any sense of basic English. An occassional typo may be forgiven (I have committed those errors myself!) but THIS?

      PLEASE put CT readers out of their misery!

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    When the ‘poor people’ of Sri Lanka reacct, it will be with bloodshed.

    As a retired public servant, I travel frequently around the country and the tone of the public mood has turned ugly. Round about mid last month, I asked a bungalow caretaker in Nuwara Eliya how they were celebrating Avurudu and I was answered rudely’ what sir,people cannot survive day to day, forget about celeberating Avududu!

    What we need is an opposition to channel this public discontent, not a spineless opposition leader like RW.

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    Yes let’s take Cabraal to court and freeze his bank accounts. He has made millions out of currency manipulation and junk bonds..

    The Indian Parliament delegation should have visited Hambantota to get a sense of the economic development disparities between the northeast and the South of Sri Lanka. While the northeast is very poor huge amounts of money are being pumped into Hambantota with a miniscule population.

    Basil Rajapakse the so called Minister of Economic Development does not have a basic bachelors degree and knows nothing about development or economics so forget about balanced and sustainable development for Lanka while the regime of loots carries on..!

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    Oh this is good! Basil Rajapakse — so called minister of economic development personally welcomed Thondamans Australian cows at the Colombo port last month. The blind leading the deaf and dumb cows it seems!
    Yes, lets hold Cabral and his boss MR accountable for economic crime. I have lost income due to Cabral’s currency manipulation. last year I converted my hard earned retirement dollars into rupees since the rupee was going up and up and now it has crashed and I have lost millions.

    Cabraal really needs to be sued for malfeasence fraud and economic crime!
    There is a solid water tight case against him for fraud and economic crime and mis information in the case of the Commonwealth Games bid.

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    Analysis generally ok but recommendations questionable

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    Dear Anonymous Thank you for this marvelous piece of writing …we look forward to many more like this from you.

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    When we were hunters and collectors and when someone like Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha appeared we thought they were sent by some miracle forces.

    Because we were ……

    Why do you, the poor guys from Sri Lanka, call this paper as Mahinda Chintanaya?

    Shortage of thinkers in Sri Lanka and is he the only one who had some ideas?

    Are you all ……?

    What do you learn in universities?

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    Anonymous, You are another crony like idiotic Ravi Karunanayake of the Medawachchiya-Kilinochchiya fame. I only spotted the last two of your reccommendations, what a laugh! Then Vasu’s questioning the university education under the same title. @VASU, these guys didn’t go to university to take cover from rain the least.

    Commonwealth games would have been an asset to our budding young sprinters. Not all of them go to London but a home event will allow most athletes to take part.You would have seen a renaissance in sports across the country. Some women who make this same complain against Commonwealth games event campare it with Athens Olympics and Greece’s financial crisis. they say Greece is bankrupt after holding Olympics, I mean..what lunatics! The Olympics budget was only about 9 billion Euros whereas their budget deficit is something like 400 billion Euros. As Greek PM said then, a sports event is a major investment, which will yield in the coming period.
    Unless you bid, you won’t win, unfortunately there is always a cost involved.
    The guy must be suffering from Amnesia or something to suggest the IMF not to release the money. This is a seriously backward policy some extremists would use today. If the IMF didn’t release the money, the poor will suffer, not the ones living abroad perhaps.Military expenditure has ameaning, not for a lunatic but for anybody else. The war was fought with borrowed money, it had to be done. It needs paying back now. Also we still have the Army to look after. the war may be over but the duties are not. If you don;t understand, the best is not to write but to ask somebody.
    So your suggestion is cricket should be confined to Colombo? People like you would not have seen Cricket if good folks like Gamini dissanayake didn’t spread it around. The population will increase, the game either should dissappear or if it is so revered, should be equally spread out. What is needed is a better management at the Cricket board. When Colombo Kandy road was built some 100 years ago, idiots like you would have blamed the government that only rodents use it. But infrastructure development is not something you should do ad hoc, but whenever possible. whether it is for car races or monkey breading, carpetting roads is not a bad idea. Costs are always involved but criticism has to be on the money, not based on your politics.
    The ministers can’t and needn’t be appointed with qualifications. What qualifications Ronald Regan had? or the former British Education and later Home Secretary had? He was blind, I believe didn’t goto University. What you need is not a paper qualification but a brain which you lack to be a useful minister.
    Finally, you have two Final paras. But what a waste of time you are!

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    Lest we forget, was it not for this MR’s Economic Management that the World Funding bodies as the World Bank. IMF and the ADB issued certificates of confidence and acceptance. When these Institutions were falling over each other to support MR financially and his programme of work, when Ranil Wickremasinghe protested and notified the HSBC that in the event of a regiem change, irregular agrrements reached will not be honoured, what was the reaction of his critics then? RW is nothing but a Traitor sabotaging the efforts of this Noble MR who was taking this country to a New Dawn?

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    Our peoples are learned a lesson or still to be brain washed?

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    BEFORE ANY THINKS,WE NEED TO GET LAW IN ORDER AND INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY IF WE NEED TO SEE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS EVEN IN FUTURE.WOUNDER OF ASIA MAKE REAL SENSE IF WE INCREASE CABINET MINISTERS TO 199 POSITION. SINCE WE HAVE TWO OR THREE MINISTERS FOR EACH SUBJECT MATTERS ,I LIKE TO PROPOSED NEW CABINET POSITION LIKE- COLOMBO CAPITAL TOILETS CLEARANCE MINISTER,MINISTER OF BORALLA KANATHTHA ,MINSTER INCHARGE MASSAGE PLACE IN COLOMBO AND ANOTHER MINISTER FOR OUTSIDE OF CAPITAL FOR SAME POST.WE NEED TO HAVE ANOTHER PUTTHALAM BURUWEK TO ASSIST EDUCATION MINISTER.MINISTER IN CHARGE FOR NORTH AND EAST WIDOWS.WE CAN KEEP BORROWING FROM CHINA AND LET KEEP DOING ALL THE PROJECTS AND DO NOT STOP. BY THE WAY WE NEED TO BUY PRESIDENT AIR PLANE AND PRIME MINISTER HELICOPTER.LET SUPREME COURT WILL DECIDE WHAT MEDICINE FOR GENERAL NOT BY DOCTORS.LET CENTRAL BANK PAY ALL THE POLITICAL ADD IN PUBLIC TV FOR BULLING.SO ALL TOGETHR WE WILL BE ASIAN WOUNDER VERY SOON.

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    Isn’t it shame for these uneducated, uncultured,crazy thugs and thieves to go in BMW’s while increasing the prices of food and other necessities and mud slinging on western countries on daily basis. They should be going on bullock carts (gon karatta) if they have any self respect. Yes the president and the ministers should be held accountable for plunging the country and it’s economy and it’s wealth and deprying it’s citizen’s living standard. GOSL’s latest game is to divide the people on religion, language,economic, profession and social and racial basis while dividing the opposition parties buying and bribing their members. They are oppose and envy to unite the people as a divided community is a weak community and easy to manipulate. We could see more drama in the future. Anyway nice article.

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    Great Stuff, keep it coming! More needed on role of World Bank and IMF in perpetuating BAD GOVERNANCE and elite rent-seeking in Lanka and the rest of the world. Their policies making the rich richer while the poor pay for the over consumption and corruption and corporate greed of the rich. It’s called Trickle up!
    These two Breton Woods twins need to be shut down for failing to stop the global economic crisis and for lack of accountability to the poor of the world. The BRIC/S countries should stop funding them entirely and let them crash!

    Meanwhile back to Lanka and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Basil and Gota. the fool and the goon, would be both jobless if not for Presidential brother MR given the recession in the US. Neither has a degree or any real educational qualification for the offices they hold. Tweedle Dum, gota the goon, has an IT certificate and is now running amok militarizing Lanka in order to keep his job and of course the World Bank and IMF are happily subsidizing his salary as you point out since they are controlled by the arms exporters of the world. Tweedle Dee has given himself a marvellous grandiose title – Minister of Economic development – the fewer qualifications you have the more grandiose the title!- but knows nothing about development or economics. Tourism is his line and so too is that of the criminal clown at the Central Bank.

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    Lets find Basil and Goa employment at the World Bank and IMF!
    The fact is that in the final analysis it is not the WB and IMF but the corrupt Rajapakse regime that is to blame for the current economic debacle in Lanka, although quite right the IMF and WB policies are a big part of Rajapakse’s corrupt policies. The WB and IMF have enabled and promoted and legitimized economic crime and perpetuated a system of criminal economic and financial governance in the world in the last thee decades. Hence the current global economic crisis.

    Double-speak on good governance: WB and IMF have been entirely SILENT on the need for “good governance” and the need to structurally adjust the Defense Sector, while they are happy to write policy papers on re-structuring the Labour market so that workers have fewer right, and the education sector, while making the poor bear the costs of the excesses, greed and corruption of the political and military business elites of countries.

    In Lanka thee are other compounding issues like the fact that Presidential sybllings Basil and Gota need to be found alternative employment.
    These poor, pathetic, under-educated and uncultured presidential syblling – Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are desperate to leave their mark and plaque in Colombo 7, since it would be impossible to do this in the US were they have green cards/ citizenship.
    The Rajapakse family know that they lack the ‘cultural capital’ and “class” to join the city’s established elite. Hence, they have put up plaques to their achievements at the Dutch Hospital in Fort and all over Independence Square in Colombo 7!

    Re. World Bank and IMF role in the economic governance debacle, there should be big protests against the IMF and WB. They have covered up the economic crime and appalling economic governance and WB and Asian Development Bank (ADB) too is lending to the Rajapakses for dubious development projects in Lanka, like the Chinese- as they do all over the world to help the rich get richer.

    This is how the current global recession has happened – through trickle up – rich get richer and poor poorer with the policy advice of the Bretton Woods twins which are molly coddling the murderous Rajaajkse regime while pretending to gently ‘scold’ them.

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    Analysis is absolutely true. It is only the First Family, the Ministers, robbers like Nivard, PBJ, drug Dealers like Mer the Per, Duminda and the arrogant ill educated DS, who think they can govern forever. People force is the biggest any country has, all other forces will join hands with them at the right moment which is not far away. Then only then people will hunt them down

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    Superb analysis! Thanks for starting a debate on the “international aid” aka. debt and financial crisis industry. I learned today that the Asian Development bank (ADB) has funded Namal and Sashindra Rajapakse’s motor car racing extravaganzas to the tune of 51 billion and Lankan tax payers will have to pay off the loans incurred to entertain the first family’s playboys!
    The father MR inaugurated the picturesque road with 18 bends between Kandy and Mahiyanganaya yesterday for his sons to car race on with funds borrowed from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which has funded the ‘reconstruction’ (note the language) of the road – to the tune of 51 billion! Surely there are other roads to be ‘reconstructed at less cost in the country?! Or could have been spent for a better train service between Colombo and Kandy and Jaffna?! However, this particular road presents an attractive challenge for car racing!
    On the road building and infrastructure development fetish: The big banks (WB, ADB) have been promoting car sales and car races as part of their assistance to corporate capital which is one of the reasons for the dip in foreign exchange, Lanka’s balance of payments crisis, and the tumbling rupee. Of course foolish and criminal Nivard Cabraal who loves name bands and Audis swallowed it hook line and stinker!
    Cabraal must be held accountable!
    Time too, to hold the WB, ADB and IMF accountable as well!

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    Thanks! Great suggestions for reform and accountability!
    Interdict Nivard Cabraal!
    Additionally, the UNP, TNA and joint opposition need a 10 point plan for good governance and to bring down CoL, to defeat this regime of thugs and criminal and incompetent geriatrics like Dimu Jayaratne and the old Leftist coots – Vasu, DEW and Tissa V.
    1. Right to info bill is a good start!
    2. cut down size of cabinet to 20 ministers and require that those who hold cabinet posts to show their qualifications and develop sector development plans (fire the Minister of Cows Thondaman, and the criminla Karuna).
    3. Downsize military sector and restore UDA to civil authorities.
    4. An integrated Public Transport (rail and bus) development plan as in Singapore, and implement. Most railway stations have appalling facilities and toilets and smell of urine.
    5. Interdict Cabraal and find alternative employment for Basil and Gota or help them out of trouble and stop white vanning people. Maybe fund them to get university degrees. IMF and WB should help fund them and then employ them!
    6. White paper for an integrated development plan for Higher education, research and development. Right now there are too many Ministers who know nothing about the subject and there is no integrations of systems and development plan.
    Please feel free to add..

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      Good Idea Jude. Editor of Colombo Telegraph, please have a corner on your website for people to add to the 10 point plan for reform and good governance as a citizen’s inntiative!
      Here’s more points For the joint opposition’s 10 point plan for reform and good governance
      1. Bill on the Prevention of Incitement to Racial, Religious and Ethnic Hatred (as already exists in United Kingdom to protect minorities)
      2. Set up a Ministry for Multiculturalism and promoting and mainstreaming multicultural and three language policy into education, civil service, judicial sectors etc.
      3. AID GOVERNANCE and accountability: joint opposition to Initiate a civil-society and donor dialogue with Lanka’s aid donors for accountable and transparent aid monitoring and evalution to reduce the AID DEBT BURDEN and stop white elephan infrastructure projects that provide kickback for corrupt Ministers and do not benefit the poor.

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    …We certainly need good critiques… too bad you have to hide as Anonymous… Now that the Rupee has begun to fall… I guess I can agree with what you say… about bloated defense budgets, un-necessary foreign ministry spending to face UNHCR propositions, car races etc… The Opposition need to gather itself together with genuine Leaders… not just good looking blokes with the least in their heads… Paradigm Shift must come from the Strong & Assertive Opposition ….They have been attacked by viruses to divide, cross over, loose energy or fuel when needed,…etc…
    But we do need New Cities to enable younger people (even from the Forces) to settle… no other Govt. did that…. rebuild a planned new city… though the location is questionable… tsunami threat, rocks etc.. Mannar would have been a better choice as port workers & foreigners would’ve loved the constant windy breeze… and its proximity to A’pura, Dambulla Market, Northern areas which need access to a big port and our closest trading partner… .. I wonder whether Trinco Harbour has already been given to some power… as Trinco has potential too…. But International Maritime Traffic that overlooks SL ports can be lured thru H’tota….
    Like what happened in Iceland, mis-managers of SL economy could be tried in Court… but will they get away to Bahamas before we know it…. do we have a dependable system to get them before they fly out of the Isle ?…..
    But before that I pray that the International Community takes measures to straighten up our Leadership… by tightening some screws such as an AID Freeze, Asset freeze of the power elite etc. as we couldn’t depend on our courts or institutions to do such things…. it could help them to get more down to earth … it could make a difference…. because no point getting them without the doe in their hands…eh ?

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    I believe with a Regiem change a separate Commission with honest committed individuals should be apponited to probe all people who have indulged in corrupt practices for the last fifty years, politicians of all hues to account for their wealth they posses today and if they cannot account for to be confiscated and dealt with. This should act as a deterant and to avoid the undesirables taking to politics.

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    Ours post colonial economic policy since 1948 was expected to overcome this poverty backwardness and plundering of wealth by Imperial order. And imporved & ensure social justice by imporveing the conditons of poor of nation and people of Island.
    And all citizens have equal rights to the resources of the nation.The nature of ECONIMIC DEVELOPEMENT BASED ON CAPITALIST PATH OF MODERISATION adopeted this idea in principle of National Capitalis.
    But since 1948 under UNP become middle -class and elite-centerd,coraney,family-orintet and nepotisam base developemnt path of growth.This path was fervoble for which apportioned the resourses in manner taht ensure taht it was utilised primarily for impoveing the quality of life of the UPPER STRATUM OF RICH CLASS.
    Mordenaztion,which ever cannot be achived without sacrific by some START or the others.If so let it be poor.Let them live 1 or 2o 3 $ daooar per Day.
    This path has not change since even after 1956 change of MEP or SLFP leadership.MR follow same path.This path is most ruthleees and expolite people by impreilism and Local capitalist.This we call capilalist Path under under the ledaerhip of BOURGEOIS.

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    Thank you Anonymous, and remain so, but write your heart out. You may
    a Tamil name and that matters to us!!!

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    Dear Anonymous…

    Great piece of analysis…

    But I am sorry for you..

    People in Srilanka do not have time to read this kind of analysis.. They are too busy with demolishing mosques and hindu temples…

    Take care..

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