29 November, 2021

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Mahinda On The Defence While Ranil Measures Up To The Winning Post

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe seems to have found his spot in the scheme of things and he forges ahead in the electoral struggle with the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The situation bears similarity to Maitripala Sirisena when he confronted his one-time cabinet boss at the Presidential stakes last January. Sirisena had no pretence to this elusive quality that we call charisma. He had as his own driving assets- a shrewd common sense, a good nature and the apparent unsophistication of the child of a farmer family. Sirisena decisively trounced his rival who looked King-like and formidable all the time.

The term, ‘charisma,’ had been introduced by the great sociologist Max Weber many decades ago to indicate the kind of authority that a leader wields sans heredity,legal source or similar socially constructed or externally imposed authority. It is a quality emerging from the nature of the individual himself. Beyond that, what precisely constitutes charisma is the subject of unending debate. Is it ‘personality’? Cannot be, as that itself begs question and is undefined. It is partly derived from public perception of appearance.

However, in terms of appearance Ranil Wickremesinghe looks little other than plain honest and straightforward. No hanky panky about him and he demands that he be assessed at his true worth. He wears coat and tie or simply a pair of pants with a belt around and avoids the kapati suite even in temple. He doesn’t dye his hair like Mahinda and wears no Satakaya-like symbol around his neck nor gold rings and amulets on his fingers. He is simply Ranil. In public behaviour, Ranil does not carry babies or get old women to worship at his feet. He is simply Ranil.

I observed the contrasts of the two personalities when recently watching the videos of the popular Derana program, “360,” when first Mahinda Rajapaksa and next Ranil Wickreamesinghe were taken up. Mahinda seemed keen to emanate a sense of majesty; Ranil did not. Mahinda looked heavy before the interviewing young lady and I sensed the latter was a bit pressurised by his domineering presence. She was relieved to get through her prepared questions. On the other hand with Ranil, both were thoroughly relaxed. She kept on pressing the latter and one could observe she was enjoying the show with the Prime Minister.

Content-wise Mahinda was visibly defensive with nothing new and little inspiration to offer to his audience. His strongest claim was that he, alone, was be able to defend and secure the country against the LTTE pursuers. That was the theme that went down with the electorate ten years ago after he led the country to victory over the forces of Prabhakaran. The weakness of Mahinda Rajapakse’s rhetorical platform was abundantly clear. Mahinda hadn’t advanced his discourse beyond the war victory. Of course, he did mention that he built a valuable network of roads. Here again, he seemed defensive against the charges of corruption. Charges relating to lack of following public tender procedure,to inflated costs and to direct relevance of his many infrastructure projects to the lives of ordinary people-Mahinda avoided. He could have showed the positive economic impact of most of that infrastructure;but he didn’t.

Mahinda Rajapaksa faired worse when it came to charges related to corruption and crime of his Ministers, family and cronies. He tried to dismiss the allegations as ‘revenge.’ When asked why he has threatened to dismiss the FCID if he comes to power, Mahinda said that the FCID was structured in a way to bring home a revenge agenda. Mahinda was unable to elaborate on that and the interviewer passed on, leaving the impression among the audience that she wasn’t convinced. The former President got into a bad hole when he stated that he would be investigating all alleged murders and crimes when he is next in power after August 18th. His audience was left gaping in jaw-dropping mode when this response suggested a counter question as to why he remained silent about them when in power and with all that power. He once suggested that he couldn’t attend to these accusations because of his ‘sanvardana weda’ (Development work!). Why on earth was that? Surely it needed delegation only!

Mahinda-Ranil-Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on the other hand looked calm and thoroughly knowledgeable about the wide range of subjects covered throughout the interview. He hadn’t a paper in his hand but rattled off facts and figures about, bridges, roads, education, industrial development, foreign investment, foreign policy, religious harmony, national reconciliation, and even the arts. Wasn’t that amazing? Ranil spoke of the future-of his Economic Zones, of his policies to encourage direct foreign investment, of his bringing about a ‘consocial’ structural arrangement in Parliament, his introduction of the Donoughmore style of Committee system, his plans for export agriculture and so on.Few political leaders on all sides display such an analytic and razor-sharp mind and such vision. Anura Kumara Dissanayake of the JVP is growing up to that level and he can make it soon if he develops proper vision.

Ranil has always had emotional composure when challenged and I have often commented on his emotional intelligence (EQ). Modern research has found that a true leader must possess both high IQ and high EQ. Those CEO’s who have shone in the corporate ladder with brilliance have been possessed of such dual qualities. In fact, Daniel Coleman, in his seminal work on the subject has given more place to EQ than to IQ.

Over the last ten years of his hard and gruelling time under Rajapaksa rule Ranil Wickremesinghe admirably bore all the personal and political attacks-mostly engineered by the then government- without showing ruffle. From the commencement when 17 of his MPs were grabbed by the former President, while the latter was having talks with the UNP leader about cooperation for the war, to the various subsequent episodes of leadership challenge Ranil kept his total composure-almost as if he knew in advance with an extrasensory perception that his time was coming. Many who were manipulated to leave his fold were asked to accuse that they left “because the leader was no good.” All this mounting barrage would have made any ordinary leader give up and go. But Ranil demonstrated great strength of character and self-confidence ( here is a pana ethi miniha) against all these manoeuvres.

It is to his eternal credit that Ranil Wickremesinghe kept his party together in his resilient long and arduous journey upstream to the brink of victory.

Judging by all forecasts now being made, it seems clear that Ranil Wickremesinghe is now firmly holding forth at that brink of triumph.

sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    Thank you Shyamon. A good Comparison!

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      My fear is that the average voter will see this in an exactly opposite manner. Mahinda is a fighter, look at how powerful he looks, bla bla bla and look at Ranil… answers a question and looks away… and what are these things he is talking anyway… colombo people might understand… bla bla bla

      Let’s hope that a considerable percentage of the population who thought that way have wizened up.

      Fingers Crossed.

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        Dee

        “Mahinda is a fighter, look at how powerful he looks, bla bla bla and look at Ranil..”

        We are looking at a gentleman on the left and a THUG on the right !

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      Shyamon’s article gave me a hearty laugh. It looks like he has written it while he was in an inverted position because from title to the contents it is topsy-turvy. Sun is setting on Ranil’s UNP. Therefore, Shyamon’ s effort to give a boost to Ranil by passing the kudos belonging to Mahinda, is fruitless.

      Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa carries a majestic look with him. It comes with his personality. He possesses a special charisma. Ranil has no personality at all. Shyamon’s envy on Mahinda is due to Ranil’s lack of manliness. Ranil is just a kid when comparing to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      In fact, I have made some comments on this somewhere else two days ago. So I have readymade observations. What a contrasting two personalities we saw in 360 programme between Mahinda and Ranil? While handsome Mahinda Rajapaksa in a simple sarong and a bright blue shirt gave a feeling of cheerfulness, warmth, sincerity and homeliness; a pale and washed-out Ranil Wickremasinghe in a European attire gave a sense of pro-foreign, detached and empty look.

      There was nothing defensive of Mahinda. He answered every question with great panache. As a veteran politician, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has set a good example by making his entire discussion without prejudice to anybody. He was calm, composed and collected. Being a frontrunner PM candidate with just few days for the election, his pleasant, relaxed demeanor was amazing.

      Again, about corruption charges he was not defensive. He had been very openly challenging the Govt. to prove the charges for nearly 7 months. Any charges without proof can be considered as nothing but vindictive malevolence actions.

      The discussion with Ranil was boring. It was animated only when he was rude to the Presenter. Ranil’s lack of confidence and nervousness were visible. He very rarely maintained eye contact with the Presenter which showed his weak mentality. On the other hand Mahinda looked very distinguished in his manners. Ranil showed his arrogance, falsehood and lack of coherence before failing miserably.

      UNP manifesto has copied Mahinda’s budget speech and many of their projects sound secondhand. UNP was never interested in agriculture or rural economy. Being a leader who feels the pulse of his citizens, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader who could build a vibrant local economy.

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        “former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader who could build a vibrant local economy.”

        Then why didn’t he, he had 5 years after all, and it became a crime for the rural masses to demand clean water :P shows how much he cares when he deployed the STF at Weliweriya.

        On top of all his crimes is the shocking inflation. May God save Sri Lanka.

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      Absolutely true in all aspects except that the lady hosting the talk show was not at all relaxed with Ranil; being guilty of clear partiality nay, hero worship of the king of medamulana when in his pomp.

      Such types form the bulk of mass opinion which believes Ranil is a remnant from the decadent west and therefore should be baulked at every turn as he will hand over the country to an unseen foe. The fact that he bore all of such accusations with great fortitude and patience speaks volumes of the man; sadly recognized only by those who have some gray matter between their ears.

      In all other aspects Shyamon is spot on.

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    RW’s presidency was ” twice ” robbed of him by the fascist LTTE. First, when CBK was losing, the fools thought of bombing her. Second, the fools signed up with their cousins in the South to enforce a Tamil boycott. We salute the Tamil people who died, going to vote then.

    We have seen the sweet bugger all,n people with Charisma have done to our motherland.

    RW’s time has arrived. The Nation moves forward.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe –

    RE: Mahinda On The Defence While Ranil Measures Up To The Winning Post

    “Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe seems to have found his spot in the scheme of things and he forges ahead in the electoral struggle with the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The situation bears similarity to Maitripala Sirisena when he confronted his one-time cabinet boss at the Presidential stakes last January. Sirisena had no pretence to this elusive quality that we call charisma. He had as his own driving assets- a shrewd common sense, a good nature and the apparent unsophistication of the child of a farmer family. Sirisena decisively trounced his rival who looked King-like and formidable all the time.”

    Yes, President Sirisena called the bluff of Chatu MaRa and defeated him.

    Yes, Proie Minister Ranil Wickramasingha is calling the bluff of Chatu MaRa and will defeat MaRa on the 17th..

    MaRa MaRa Charu Mara

    MaR MaRa Amana Mara

    Mara MaRa Sat on a Great Wall

    Mara MaRa Had a Great Fall

    All the MaRa Cronies and All the MaRa Baiyyo

    Could not put MaRa together Again….

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      RE: Mahinda On The Defence While Ranil Measures Up To The Winning Post

      Why Mahinda Rajapaksa, MaRa, Does not Neasure Up.

      Mahinda Rajapaksa Election 2015 Theme Song 1

      [Edited out]

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    It is good to have change, but my mind still getting some backwardness with my experience of 1977-94 Dharmishta Society, Which JRJ promise us at that time. Both you and me know what happen later. When JRJ retiring both north and south of Sri Lanka burning and we cannibalizing our own young generation of Sinhalese as well as Tamilians.

    So called Mr. Clean is part and parcel of that government and you are happy about him and ask as to, keep trust with UNP.

    Traditionally my family elders were people with GREEN BLOOD but not younger Gen. Even my father said to me in 1982, after casting his vote for JRJ, “I cast my vote for JRJ, to finish his works, what he started” sadly with in next few years, we lost five members to JRJ’s Dharmishta Society, two for government side and three for anti government side. My father never cast his vote, rest of his life.

    Pray for the best……..

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    Mr Jayasinghe, you have not considered the communal politics of Sri Lanka.

    Rajapakse & Co, on the one hand, have blatantly pushed the communal agenda of Tamils getting for a separate state under the UNP.

    On the other hand, Chief Minister Wigneswaran gave credence to Rajapakse’s claims by making communal noises from the North. In effect Wigneswaran was giving a leg up to Rajapakse because he wants him back in power in Colombo.

    It is only if Rajapakse is back at the helm that the Separatists Tamils can lobby the International Community to support their claim for a separate state.

    Given that the extremism of those pushing the “Return of Rajapakse” (like a B Grade movie, I might add), they cannot see the trap they are falling into.

    The chances of Sri Lanka breaking up under Rajapakse is far, far greater than under a moderate UNP coalition. The brilliant strategists of the Tamil Diaspora and Wigneswaran know this very well.

    Unfortunately this fact is lost among the Rajapakse voters.

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      Hear Hear Ken. You get it well. RW too.

      Tamils inch themselves closer, to reset the geographical boundaries before the colonists came calling.

      Smart fellows they are.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    RE: Mahinda On The Defense While Ranil Measures Up To The Winning Post

    “Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe seems to have found his spot in the scheme of things and he forges ahead in the electoral struggle with the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The situation bears similarity to Maitripala Sirisena when he confronted his one-time cabinet boss at the Presidential stakes last January. Sirisena had no pretence to this elusive quality that we call charisma. He had as his own driving assets- a shrewd common sense, a good nature and the apparent unsophistication of the child of a farmer family. Sirisena decisively trounced his rival who looked King-like and formidable all the time.”

    Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cronies, aka Baiyyas, are Bumbling and Fumbling…

    MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara
    MaRa MaRa Bumbling Mara
    MaRa MaRa Fumbling Mara
    MaRa MaRa Dhushana Mara

    Through the grape wine and the bulath wine…the Bumblers and Fumblers

    Racism driven conspiracies planned after defeat pulverized: Susil and Anura Yapa out ; Duminda and Prof. Warnapala in.

    By virtue of the powers vested in president Mathripala Sirisena as president of SLFP and UPFA under the constitution , Duminda Dissanayake has been appointed as acting general secretary of SLFP and Professor Vishwa Warnapola as UPFA acting general secretary. Accordingly , Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Susil Premachandra have been dismissed from those posts .It is significant to note that this bold step was taken and these sudden changes were effected by the president just after addressing a most crucial and decisive letter to Mahinda Rajapakse and coinciding with the concluding day of the election campaign .

    The SLFP membership of Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa have also been cancelled.

    The new secretaries Professor Vishwa Warnapala and Duminda Dissanayake thereafter requested an injunction order from the Colombo district court to ensure that they will not be hindered or hampered in the performance of their new duties by ex secretaries Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa .The judge Harsha Setunge issued the injunction order valid until 28 th August.

    A team of lawyers including Charaka Jayaratne , K. Kanageswaran , Chandika Jayasundara and Pulasthi Rupasinghe appeared on behalf of Duminda and Prof. Warnapala in connection with the injunction order .

    Anura Yapa and Susil Premachandra the two political slavish pimps put the machiavellian moribund Rajapakses on the pedestal to worship them and theirs from down under , while at the same time were impeding and derailing the progress of the government of good governance .

    Maithripala had got rid off these crooked politicos before the selections are made so that rogues will not stand in the way of good governance . It is the aim and objective of President Maithripala to go for elections after purging the party of all crooked and corrupt characters by making these new appointments . Indeed many honest SLFP leaders advised Maithripala to take this measure , but at that time he did not heed them.Nevertheless when defeat is now certain of Rajapakse and his den of thieves , the president at last has taken the step to purge the party of the undesirables .

    At the 1994 presidential elections when Chandrika Bandaranaike openly declared that in order to end the war , discussions shall be held with the LTTE , and was ready to grant them an interim administration , 62 % majority of the people voted for it without thinking in terms of racism. SLFP was sans racism then. Later , Mahinda Rajapakse who became SLFP leader and his small group within the SLFP toed a communal line and led the party towards defeat and despair.

    After Maithripala Sirisena who is good governance prone became the SLFP leader , Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa who served as politcal pimps and slaves of most despicable and discarded racist leaders like Wimal Weerawansa , Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasu , sought to lead the SLFP towards humiliating defeat .

    If this SLFP’s doom and gloom towards which it is heading fast is to be averted , instead of abjectly surrendering to grade nine qualified crooked moron whose mouths stinks worse than a spittoon when he makes hollow speeches ,and unhinged politicos suffering from senile decay who use obscene language hurling words like f….k in public at opposing politicos , decent disciplined qualified politicians who accord with good governance need to be appointed as the new secretaries . Maithripala ‘s bold action is apparently a step in the right direction

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    Oh, come on…..Ranil has a long list of intended project-implementations (via land bridge to India)….hence the rattling off, of facts and figures.

    Rajapaksa has done almost everything already, and now will be in the phase of consolidating projects, hopefully without a port-city (which is still a lot better than a land bridge to India….INDIA!).

    Ranil looks Western, whilst Rajapaksa looks authentic. I prefer the authentic look.

    Young interviewing-lady is obviously a Ranil-UNP, Western-look, fan.

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      Ramona,

      “young interviewing-lady is obviously a Ranil-UNP, Western-look, fan”

      I do not know whether to laugh or cry; all I can say is that you are one hell of a women!

      One thing that puzzles me is that you still carry a western name; why?

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        My name is not a Western one, but a old colonial one. But I have been told that Ramona is a Sinhalese name as well:රමොන

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          romana
          you have been told many a thing by your clients to satisfy your ego, so that theym can get s better service from you. Romana is not a sinhala name. if it is then pigs wil fly.
          Ayway you are doing a marvellous service for all the young and old lonely men. Keep it up lady. We need you.we love you.

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            kutty ,
            Is your name as bad as it sounds?

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          ramona mother therese fernando

          Origin of of Ramona is traced to Spanish language which means protecting hands.

          Fernando originated from Spain or Portugal.

          I suppose these two countries are not situated in Western hemisphere.

          Now you have completely rewritten Geography as you did with other areas of studies let me ask you if those two countries are not western, are they in Antarctic.

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            Native Vedda,

            Oh, so you’ve been reading my other comments also…the one about champika….

            Many Sinhalese(and Tamil names ), are very similar to the Portuguese and Spanish ones. In fact, when Portuguese and Spanish (and all the dammed European colonists) came to our Island, they stole our names and took it over to their lands.

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              ramona mother therese fernando

              “Many Sinhalese(and Tamil names ), are very similar to the Portuguese and Spanish ones. In fact, when Portuguese and Spanish (and all the dammed European colonists) came to our Island, they stole our names and took it over to their lands.”

              Well I have nothing to argue about where you get your information and facts. Your only intention recently (of course) to humiliate yourself. How can I argue against it?

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                Native Vedda,

                Whatever

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                NV,
                Ok,…I concede…..but truly my name was given because it resonated with Sri Lanka (Portuguese and Spanish settlers included).

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                  ramona,

                  How old are you? Sorry it is a personal question.

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                    BI,

                    3

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    Mr Rail Wickremainghesinghe, the unelected PM was struggling to face even full tosses lobbed by the friendly English Journos in Colombo , let alone the orthodox deliveries from the Sinhala Media dudes..

    Mr Wickermasinghe’s promise for one million assembly jobs for the Dalits was the only highlight of his Yahapalana Economic agenda which he mentioned in his English segment..

    He was really struggling with the hard questions , like his

    MOU with Mr Prabakaran,

    ISGA for the Tigers,

    Getting down Nordic Forces to protect LTTE and the TNA activists ,operating membership drives.

    And the current moves by the TNA, Ponna Party and the CFD Crusaders to form a Federal NP Government.

    On the Economic front too, the unelected PM was on the back foot .

    He was trying hard to defend charges of demolishing the C W E, , and the , C T B to give Private companies and UNP mudalalis the room to rip off the poor Dalits in the Villages.

    And Culling lower ranks of the Public Service under the guise of saving money, throwing thousands of poor rurals out of jobs.

    The disastrous halt to all development projects which were generating income and jobs to the poor Villages and villagers. so the PM’s Finance Minister and his mates can rejig these to get hold of commission cheques.

    I know the Elite , Anglicans and the Vellas in Colombo couldn’t careless and they will put the cross in PM Ranil’s Box.

    Despite feeling a light pinch of paying out the 9 Billion bonds at 13 % when the going rate is only 10 %.

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      @ Athal Sumane mama,your comments look comical just like your key words like th Elites,Anglicans,TNA,F CID,Dollar a day,Ranil,Dalit and Vellalas

      FYI,What has Mahinda done after the winning the war?

      Roads were built but pockets were lined with inflated costs

      Pavements made and money made by the politicians in kickbacks

      Rathupuswella protesters and FTZ chaps shot like dogs

      Thajudeen case

      the list goes on and on

      please buy yourself a nice Glendifich single malt whiskey and cry over the election results ,as for me I will be happy with Pol Arrack and deviled fish among common folk,while celebrating the victory of Good over Evil ;-)

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    One to one Ranil is far ahead in his presentation and answers. This time he is set to make a great victory and for the government. With his maturity, intelligence and experience he is going to make Srilanka a fast developed country.

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    What a load of rubbish – some people who talk only to their peers must just shut up. They only know what they want to know and anything to the contrary or balanced is dismissed.

    The write is taking a huge amount of things for granted based on what he thinks and hearsay – Ranil is the one that made the UNP so weak that MR was allowed to come back again. His middle –class Colombo arrogance was always his downfall and all his screw-ups are seen with a dismissive air just because he is from the right family and went to the right school.

    Even if the UNP wins, he will be forced to work with MR – there will be a lot of humble pie going around

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    Brilliant analysis.

    Ranil is a visionary but unfortunately not a street fighter like MR.

    Hope Ranil gets close to a 100 seats so that he could form a govt. He deserves a 5 year term at least in his third attempt.

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    Get real Shaymon!
    Ranil Wickramasnghe has lost countless elections but failed to step down and is virtual dictator in the UNP. The UNP become irrelevent for decades because Ranil would not step aside and groom or successor, and was so greedy for power and virtual dictator of the UNP. This enabled Mahinda Jarapassa to become the most corrupt and virtual military dictator of Sri Lanka – in the absence of opposition from the UNP.

    So, after the elections civil society will have a lot of work to do. It will have to ensure the Arjuan Mahendran the corrupt Indsider trader at CB is investigated and put behind bars along with Nivard Cabraal.
    Civil society will also need to start agitation to bring GOOD GOVERNANCE and clean out the rotten POLITICAL PARTIESD which are the root cause for the corrupt political culture in Sri Lanka today, where racism and corruption have reigned with impunity.
    Political parties need GOOD GOVERNANCE and there needs to be a Chapter on Political Parities in the Constitution – as in several other countries, so that political parties and culture may be reformed. Politicians crossing the floor for cabinet posts and perks must end. Today political parties have become virtual dictatorship ruled by geriatrics who will not had over to the next generation. Look at shameless Vasudeva Nanayakkara and dead leftists. So too Sambanthan in TNA and Rajapaksa has turned the SLFP into a one family party of corrupt thugs and cronies. Ranil is virtual dictator of UNP. There needs to be Chapter on GOOD GOVERNANCE in political parties including one third representation for women. Leadership change after 2 election defeats, and handing over and grooming younger generation of party leadership etc.

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    Let us be clear. Ranil is only the lesser of 2 evils. MR is worse. That is not a complement to Ranil. We need a new generation of CLEAN, EDUCATED and ETHICAL politicians because the current generation of politicians destroyed Sri Lanka.

    I remember when the UNP burned the agreement for power sharing in Parliament and undermined peace in Sri Lanka for narrow political gains while Ranil slumped in his seat.

    This current generation of politicians, one and all, have corrupted and destroyed the social fabric of Sri Lanka in their greed for power. They have kept the voters and people ignorant and politically stupid, rather than educate them and I hope the JVP wins lots of seats at this election.

    The challenge now is for political parties and the corrupt political culture which is the root cause of violence in Lanka to be completely reformed and politicians and parties need to be held ACCOUNTABLE to the people and the culture of impunity for politicians must end.. for lasting peace in Sri Lanka. This is my prayer.

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    I can only imagine the piercing arrows that have been shot at this composition by Shyamon. Yes, Ranil is a leader without a comparable contemporary. Yes, he is in total command of his domain, except for some of his unruly underlings. But then, democracy is a messy process.

    From Sujeewa Senasinghe’s inability to control his ego to a close group of corrupt UNP leaders ever ready to take the next bribe on offer, Ranil has his plate full every day!

    Imagine if we had a Lalith, Ranjan, Gamini and Premadasa available under these circumstances. Of course we would not be talking of Ranil……….

    The irony is that Sri Lankans do not realize how blessed we are to have a President like MS and a PM like RW. We are a bunch of losers who curse our own families for a piece of real estate and even kill for it, at times. The other day two were killed for water. To know how to count our blessings, we have to be in a better place, emotionally.

    That, no Ranil or Maithri can do for any one of us.

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    Agree with most of the contents of this article.

    With a couple of days to go for the elections, the voters need to think hard and send to Parliament, representatives who are best able to represent them honourably. One other factor to bear in mind is to ensure the ‘silent revolution’ that was achieved against all odds on January 8, 2015 be stregthened and further consolidated. To be direct, Mahinda the despot and his cronies should be banished for good. This cancer which we thought was erdicated on January 8th is trying to make a come back and destroy our very being. Voters, please be mature in your thinking and let not this happen. Make your vote count!

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    Good Article. Wish there had been less worship of the man and more of his policies. Certainly, a change from corruption and a return to the rule of law will be a good thing. Hope he can accomplish it and most crucially, has the wisdom to settle the ehtnic issue which drum-beating politicians always stir up. At least, Ranil has not done that to any significant extent. If he wins, it would mean that it is a dead issue in Sri Lankan politics. It should not be allowed to surface again. Good Luck to Ranil, without all those amulets, rings and charms from kattadiyas.

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    Shaymon,
    It is a long time since we lost contact after we let Pera UV. I must congratulate you for this brilliant analysis of the two interviews. Extraneous points raised by commentators miss the purpose you intended. I am a personal admirer of Ranil just for the qualities, Charisma and others you mentioned. I followed both both interviews with help. I agree one hundred per cent with your analysis. Yes Mahinda evaded direct answers to many questions.He cannot boast of development as these could have been undertaken by any govt if funding was available, and if leaders like Mrs.B,JR.Premadasa,Chandrika and Ranil did not care as to terms of interest and repayment.Who will repay the massive Chinese loans which have gone into Hambantota port, useless Mattala airport, non-priority road development? That question was never put to Mahinda.Two things on which MR should receive credit is The decision to go ahead with Norachcjolai coal power project against Bishop power and Upper Kotmale project against Thondaman objections. These two were NO-NOnsensense firm decisions by him.

    As for Ranil, you are correct. He was well composed; not like a bull in-china shop looking as Mr often looks, though looking uneasy at the imposed composure at the interview.He answered the points very well.
    I treat him like a son, having associated with his father as a close worker and friend for many long years.I can see he has inherited his father’s fine human qualities and not given up despite growing up as a politician. He possesses the balanced qualities of a human person and a politician without assumed importance.

    Bandu de Silva
    Former ambassador

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    They say “Patience will be rewarded”. Ranil like his unc JR has loads of it.JR had to wait for a long time since DS cut him off and “gave” the mantle of Prime Minister to Dudley his son.JR carried on patiently unlike SWRD who left the UNP and formed the MEP.
    JR seems to have taught his nephew the value of patience.Ranil after several defeats still didnt “call it a day”. God Willing his patience may be rewarded on 18th Aug

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    Champa you must be a Mahinda fan to talk all this BS. Mahinda’s proposal to give married couples Rs 250,000 is the height of ludicrousness. Are you hoping to benefit from this/

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      hahahah dont worry about Champa getting married she is just lusting after Mahinda

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    President Maithiripala Srisena need a Government and a Prime Minister to govern the Nation lawfully and peacefully. Maithiri & Mahinda cannot work together because both personalities are different. Further most of the Senior SLFP’ers lost their backbone and they proved themselves they are not capable of working independently and they are only fit to follow an order from Mahinda. So, SLFP has no leaders who can help Maithiri in his programme of Good governance. UNP, JVP & TNA are happy to work with Maithiri and People should give their full support to this alliance.

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    Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe found what?? Shaymon
    Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe has messed up the 180+ days and Shaymon wants him to continue to do so for Shaymon to have clout in Sri Lanka.

    This is a Mathch between MR vs Ranil and the Rest of the World.
    Whatever votes the UPFA collect will be credited to Mahinda.
    Its not winning or loosing but the total votes UPFA managed to accumilate by just selling Mahinda.
    That will give an indication the man’s worth among the public.
    Finally, Chairman for life in the UNP, Ranil is an arrogant Moron who expect others to bring to him victory & the seat.
    Ranil has destroyed the UNP & messed up during the 180+ days of GG.

    Whatever said and done Mahinda has the manlyness and a crafty politician. Despite the West and the Diaspora against him, he has made a name for himself and has established his own support group with (02) of five supporting members in the UN backing him.
    Moreover, he was able to get the funding and get the development going which we enjoy today in travel.

    Ammata Siri Amarasiri, how much do you get paid ????????

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    Ranil is way ahead in the well groomed style stakes whereas Mahinda looks like a fat slob whatever his dress.

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    UNP landslide inevitable. UPFA WON’T even get 65 seats. MR will come second to red lips Akila the handpicked buddy of RW’s who is the minister of higher education in preference votes.

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    Mahinda is a courageous man.

    Mahinda always believes attack is the best form of defence for him. He is man of defiance and knows how to sail through. His burgundy red shawl symbolises is character.

    With this sentiments he will sail through in the election.

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    A brilliant analysis which I enjoyed reading and it is written without anger and it is in my view impartial.I hope Colombo Telegraph readers will have more from you.All good wishes and the blessings of the Holy Triple Gems to you.

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    Thank you very much, BANDU DE SILVA ,for connecting with me via this discourse. Its been a very long time since we had any interaction. Thanks for the kind words also to many others in this column. I have read each and every comment and I enjoyed the criticism,too.
    I write for the people I have left behind, wishing for them prosperity that can only be achieved through finding solutions based on our common humanity; seeking an economy that encourages investment; and a political culture that empowers ordinary people and not merely the privileged.
    May Monday, August 17th see the dawn of this aspiration!

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    How does one like this for a sentence . ‘ Mahinda on the defence while Ranil measures up to the winning post’.

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    Readers, Please see Ranil W at MIT, on u tube and you’ll see that Shyamon’s analysis is supported.

    The article by H.L. Seniviratne in Colombo Telegraph today directs our attention to the same matter, of Rajapakse being a “semi” – anachronistic left over sliver from the yet to fully decay, flesh of feudalism.

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    Politics is not about appointing some overrated business executive. I am surprised that Jayasinghe sees so much in Ranil.

    People must vote for leaders who protect their national interests.

    When introducing the 19 amendment Ranil tried in a very slimy way to become an executive prime Minister. Only the determination of President sirisena and Patali Ranawaka saved the country from an executive Prime Minister !

    When Arjun Mahendran’s criminal fraud became public did Ranil act objectivly and honestly ? He tried to protect his accomplice by any means. What matters to Ranil-country ? honesty ? or old Royalist crook ?

    There is no reason whatever to think of him as a good manager. Under him the UNP went down to unprecedented levels-30% of the vote. In the last years the UNP could not even pay the electricity bill of their head 0ffice Sirikotha . So many UNP leaders left disgusted with Ranil.The UNP came to the government in 2015 only because of President Sirisena who betrayed his own party.But already people are suspicious of Ranil’s leadership.

    Ranil started his management of the economy by labelling business leaders in sri lanka like, Dammika Perera, Nimal Perera, Sunal Perera, Dilith Jayaweera, Selvanayagam as crooks and stockmarket manipulators.He began a foolish battle with the Chinese over the Port city. He cancelled the contract on Kandy highway and re-awarded it at even a bigger cost! He is now inviting foreign investors . Are they also crooks ? Or only brown skins are crooks ?

    Mr Jayasinghe must be drinking a lot of australian beer before he writes damn nonsense from there.

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    Agreed Ernest Macintyre. Mara is an out and out feudalist who took the country backwards. Feudalism and racism go hand in hand. Caste also to boot. I sincerely hope Mara is booted out with all his crooks-Vasu, Susil, Yapa, Johnny, Wimal, Dinesh, Bandu, family -oh! what a heap! What a horrible lot!

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