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NPP: The Unrivalled Choice In Sri Lanka Politics

By Asoka S. Seneviratne –

Prof. Asoka.S. Seneviratne

NPP is a people-centered political movement. The primary purpose of the movement is the broader economic and social development of the country, a beacon of hope above petty politics, thereby ushering in the overall improvement of the Sri Lankan economy while safeguarding the nation’s true democracy. The Mission and Vision statements have smartly enveloped the masses in the country, both ordinary people as well as all professional groups and intellectuals, which is the foundation of the movement. NPP exists for a well-connected and harmonious Sri Lankan community without considering their ethnic origin, religious belief, or social background. Having clean hands, the NPP’s determination to deal with rampant corruption, fraud, waste, and misuse of resources seems to be the foundation on which all economic policies and programs are deeply rooted. It seems that the NPP is committed to changing the way of brewing, bottling, and offering or presenting wine against the old story of the exact wine in a new bottle.  Given the above, NPP is the unrivalled choice in Sri Lanka politics.

Introduction

This article aims to present the reasons why the NPP (National People’s Power) has no substitute nor an alternative in the political arena of Sri Lanka. Since its establishment in 2015 by a well-committed, dedicated, and educated small group of people, the movement has not only garnered strong support from all life folks in the motherland and overseas but also achieved significant milestones. In realizing its goal, the NPP has prepared a well-crafted Mission and Vision to save our mother Lanka. Currently, the movement is in the process of its accomplishment, and no other political party or leader can dream of doing something even closer to what NPP has brought about. This track record of success reinforces the audience’s confidence in the movement’s capabilities. We all look forward to the tremendous success of the NPP based on its Mission and Vision statements in the context of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. 

Mission and Vision of NPP

The Mission of NPP is centered on social justice and equal opportunities for all in the context of inclusive economic growth (i.e. people who are capable and willing to participate and contribute to the production process can do so, thereby benefiting the output at the same time) and the agenda of sustainable development goals declared in 2016 by the UN. The Vision of NPP is aimed at a decent life for all by dismantling all barriers and hindrances 

created by petty politics. Since its independence in 1948, Sri Lanka has been plagued with rampant corruption, nepotism, fraud, waste, and mismanagement of its precious resource base, which has caused the paralysis of the economy at various times. Under the prevailing political framework, the educated and the skilled people have no place in the economy, resulting in the outflow of brains into more affluent countries. Given the above scenario, the cornerstone of the vision crafted by NPP is to eradicate the root causes that hinder economic growth, and fulfill the expectations of the masses for a better and decent life with security, leading to the country’s overall economic development. Ironically, NPP, having a genuine interest and commitment to the nation’s development, has orchestrated the well-thought-out Vision. This is in full swing at present. Of particular note is that the Mission and Vision created by the NPP are stunningly outstanding in Sri Lanka’s political landscape. Hence, no other political parties and leaders can come even near NPP. It is indeed a unique political movement in the history of Mother Lanka in many ways, gathering jealousy from many who do not have their counter-strategy for the country.

NPP is Grassroots-Oriented

NPP is a movement which has its roots in the grassroots. This bottom-up process gives it solid strength, absolute power, high quality, and profound value. The livelihood of most people in Sri Lanka is agriculture, including plantations, of which rural areas are a part and parcel. Because the large majority of the population is rural, a large share of the educated lot in the country is rural-based, too.  In this context, the substantial contribution of farmers and the educated lot to the economic growth and development of the country is profoundly significant. However, because of marginalization and lack of opportunities, a growing number of families become destitute, requiring outside support for their very survival. Since the welfare and well-being of the majority in the country have been neglected by all successive governments since independence, NPP is committed to addressing and resolving this ever-widening disparity created by all political parties and leaders. In short, NPP is fully engaged and has a solid professional and intellectual base to wipe out the above disparity and thereby bring about equality in life opportunities across borders. Because of this inimitable style of NPP, it is neither a substitute nor an alternative in Sri Lanka politics at present or in the future.

High Degree of Foresight, Strategic Approach, Transparency, and Accountability of NPP

Foresight, Strategic approach, Transparency, and Accountability are the four (4) cornerstones of NPP. Many countries can achieve their expected prosperity and progress mainly with the clean hands of the country’s political leaders. This means that there is no involvement in corruption, nepotism, fraud, bribes, waste and misuse of resources, hypocrisy, or good governance.  Applying the above principles, there is plenty of unbreakable evidence that the political leadership of NPP is unique compared to all other leaders and political parties plagued with untold scores of misdeeds, corruption, and offenses. With this unique and crystal-clear feature of NPP’s political leadership, its leaders can move with the public freely whilst not having any fear of addressing public rallies or meeting people across the country.  Masses have high regard and acceptance for the NPP for its transparency and accountability. Hence, the leaders of NPP have neither fear nor suspicion about any backlash or stone-throw directed at them by the general masses.  In short, the hands of NPP’s political leaders are flawless from misdeeds, corruption, and guilt.

NPP is Inclusive of Communities

NPP exists for a well-connected and harmonious Sri Lankan community without considering their ethnic origin, religious belief, or social background. NPP Leaders use the same language, vocabulary, and substance to address the public rallies in the country’s North, South, East, and West. NPP’s strategy for development advocates the four pillars centered around the basic needs, namely, food, shelter, education, and health, to ensure a happy life and longevity for all. Ensuring safety and security while protecting human rights is also part and parcel of their political strategy and commitment to the country’s development. In parallel, all other political parties and leaders have different or hidden agendas to address public rallies in the country’s North, South, East, and West, which is a well-known fact. Given the above, most public rallies are meant to mislead or cheat the masses by promising short-term benefits, mainly food, cash, or personal gains, which have no place in the sustainable development of human beings. Even if it has been too late since 1948, the masses have understood the above fact in the right direction, which will make a turning point in the country’s economic, social, and political compass in 2024.

NPP Leaders Have Nothing to Conceal/Hide

The NPP movement has its strong base anchored in the masses, is people-focused, and hence is reinforced by the very people. Leaders and members of the NPP can mingle freely with the masses without being rejected or insulted by people. They address the masses on what they practice. What they say and practice are the same, which is unique. They do not have anything to hide or cover up or conceal. They do not portray faces that suit different situations, locations, and circumstances. Everything within the movement is open, frank, and transparent. The leaders are among the ordinary people who do not indulge in luxury life. They face economic and social problems similar to those of the general masses. As a matter of principle, NPP condemns stealing public assets and their accumulation for their benefit and the next generation. The lifestyle of the leaders of the NPP is simple, humble, and highly valued and appreciated by all. They live with the people and adopt a down-to-earth strategy.

NPP Leaders are Professional, Productive, and Constructive

Compared to most leaders of all other political parties, the leaders of NPP are truly constructive and meaningful in their speeches in Parliament. This is a unique feature to be highlighted. They are always professional and intellectual; their speeches and explanations are full of facts and address to the point. They do not engage in the practice of mud-slinging at others either in the parliament or outside. They participate and contribute to parliamentary debates well-prepared and planned, ensuring the value of public money. They are not shaken by any unexpected event or move in the parliament. They have a habit of smiling and taking in insults and abuse with a smile. They respect and strictly follow the rules and procedures established within this institution. They maintain the utmost calmness and sincerity when any unexpected behavior and responses are mounted against them in the Parliament. These are unique characteristics of the NPP’s parliamentary group that no party or other leader comes close to.

The NPP’s Economic Policies and Programs are Somewhat Self-reliance 

The writer has heard that only the NPP wants to prepare a 5-year economic development plan, which is an excellent idea in the right direction. Other partiers and leaders talk about ad hoc economic policies and programs to please the people attending the public rallies or when they meet people, particularly in the North and East. None have a clear vision or solid ideas for the country’s development. Instead, it seems NPP has solid ideas, policies, and programs and a two-pronged approach to the country’s development. The aforementioned two-pronged approach appears to be somewhat self-reliance.   

First, the NPP’s determination to deal with rampant corruption, waste, and misuse of resources seems to be the foundation on which all economic policies and programs are deeply rooted. The eradication of the above will create a conducive and inclusive atmosphere for stable economic growth and sustainable development. Indeed, the open truth is that Sri Lanka has abundant resources to provide a better life for people on par with the developed countries.  It is a matter of proper organization and management of resources effectively and efficiently to generate the expected outcome. In a broader sense, this is indeed in the context of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, leading to proper and fair income distribution.  This is the necessary primary condition to bring about a better balance in the national budget, not resorting to any form of (a) excessive taxes, (b) money printing, and (b) foreign borrowing because these three sources affect the welfare and well-being of the masses at present and in the future.  In short, the above conviction is at the heart of the NPP’s economic policies and programs.

The second concern of NPP seems to be the foreign exchange that comes under the Balance of Payment, or BOP. The current massive foreign debt is part and parcel of BOP. It appears that NPP is insightful and strategic in how to deal with substantial foreign debt. Given the above, it appears that NPP has realized that Sri Lanka has enormous potential to save foreign exchange and maximize foreign exchange earnings.

Savings of foreign exchange have been an utterly neglected fact in Sri Lanka since the mid-1980s. It seems that NPP is committed to addressing and resolving the above under the umbrella of ‘organization and management of massive resource base of the country’ along with the concept of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. There is no doubt that the farmers can produce and feed the nation without depending on the rest of the world. Currently, a substantial portion of consumption in Sri Lanka helps the income generation of the farmers of the rest of the world, depriving the massive and increasing benefit of ‘forward and backward linkages of local production’ to the local farmers and hence the consumers. This has been a tragedy.

It seems that the concern of maximizing the potential for earning foreign exchange of the NPP is related to (a) extensive and intensive value addition to our raw material working collaboratively with the private sector, (b) export product and market diversification (c) inverted remittances and  (d) the export of tourism among many other ventures is huge. The NPP’s concern to integrate with world trade extensively and intensively because Sri Lanka’s share of world trade is at a low ebb is commendable and, hence, in the right direction.

Regarding the NPP’s concern for savings and maximizing foreign exchange earnings, the writer’s experience working with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for over 20 years, there are long delays in adding export earnings to the country’s reserves, which is a huge problem. Sri Lanka needs to address this strategically and resolve it meaningfully and systematically to get the best benefit from export earnings. It seems that the NPP has the utmost focus on the above problem, which is strategic and central only to the NPP, while other political parties are highly reliant on borrowing from IMF/WB and other sources and selling national assets, paving the way for a disastrous impact that future generations too will suffer extensively. In short, when the concern and focus on economic policies and programs of the NPP, it does want to follow the traditional paths that give different names and meanings for liberal and neoliberal ideology by the opposition leaders and parties.  It seems that the NPP is committed to changing the way of brewing, bottling, and offering or presenting wine against the old story of the exact wine in a new bottle.   

In short, the economic growth and development policies, programs, and strategies of the NPP appear to be geared towards self-reliance, which is practical and achievable when other parties and leaders have mere words (e.g., dealing with rampant corruption and fraud), follow political ideologies, and are highly dependent on assistance and advice from the IMF/WB and other sources, which is unfortunate in many ways.     

*The writer worked as the Special Advisor to the Office of the President of Namibia and was a Senior Consultant with UNDP. He worked as a Senior Economist with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1972-1993) before he migrated to New Zealand. The author can be contacted at asoka.seneviratne@gmail.com

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  • 28
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    Mr. Senavirathne
    How can you be in New Zealand and talk about the NPP?
    You have latched onto a dream that the JVP are selling you to win your votes. What happens after that, neither the NPP nor the JVP have actually run the country before. JVPs main skill is criticizing those in power, whilst having not contributed anything positive to change the status quo.
    If they manage to win, the facade of NPP will fall off and the JVP will raise its head. And then what?

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      HT,

      The future of Sri Lanka fully depends on the IMF and its recommendations. if implemented properly, we will have a better future. Like it or not, that’s the truth. Indians gave us saline and the chinese ignored lanken fall. All other nations did not give hand in our difficult situation. So, the stiuation before the country should be serious to every citizen.

      We have no rich mineral resources, no oil, no gold and diamond mines, our main sources of cheap human resources.
      However, the rapid brain drain these days will leave us with a shortage of professionals in the near future.
      Indians are celebrating their “MODI 3.0” by sending the message that neighboring leaders are more inclined towards regional diplomacy than anything else.

      Tbc

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        cont.
        .
        If our slaves and their leaders are re-elected, it will be nothing but “swallowing milkrice +bayya dances were their way.” Come on… our human beasts!

        Our national health paranoia or amnesia is more prevalent among our people than others in the region. It is the main obstacle for the entire nation.
        They do not use their little brains and subdue their emotions to the convenient tricks of predatory politicians. This time the SJB leader and AKD deity are making every effort to distort the delusional mindset of the people. As soon as the SJB leader promised to fully implement the 13 th amendment, AKD deyyo rushed to Jaffna to make their delicious promises.

        However, our men will never learn their lessons, but will fall for any convenient trick thrown at them. This time it should be clear to the public why groups with “professionals like Viatmaga” led by Gota became unprecedented leaders ???

        Tbc

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          cont.

          The primary difference between GOTA and AKD is that AKD has been in politics for the past 24 years while Gota has remained apolitical. However, he AKD has not climbed his political ladder to be able to be a leader for the country which is filled with more culprits than peace builders. Today I heard some news that srilankens more racial than any other folks in the region. I truly believe it – there are more passive racists in our island than anywhere else.
          .
          Both candidates mentioned above, have a lot in common when it comes to autocratic behavior. Maxistic AKD respects only their views and not even respects different ideologies as their late leader Somawansa Amarasinghe made very clear. However, it took another decade for AKD to change to some extent and sell their ideology in a wrapper known as “NPP”. The NPP still does not seem very powerful in the JVP-led NPP coalition.

          If we cross the International Monetary Fund, neither the Maastricht Treaty (funded Germany) nor the European Union (funded Greece) or similar financial institutions are ready to finance. Elon Musk or the like will not invest if our people decide to become another “Cuban State”. This has now been further undermined by our media fraudsters. It would be good if this country is blessed with good media houses.

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          LM
          The example of the 13th Amendment highlights shifts in political stances, notably seen in the JVP’s change of position, raising questions about sincerity versus political expediency.
          Instances like Sajith’s inquiry about cricket venues in Jaffna reveal a disconnect from ground realities and priorities, reflecting poorly on political awareness. The sporadic attention to minority concerns during elections suggests opportunism rather than genuine commitment to inclusivity.
          The JVP’s absence during “Gota Go” protests and their response to power offers from Gota raise suspicions about their motives and internal coherence.
          These observations emphasize the need for accountability, transparency, and integrity in politics, urging leaders to prioritize the common good over self-interest and demonstrate genuine commitment to serving all constituents equitably.
          Such behaviors erode trust and perpetuate disillusionment among marginalized communities, underscoring the imperative for a more conscientious and responsive political landscape.

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        “The future of Sri Lanka fully depends on the IMF and its recommendations.”

        So, IMF should govern the Country not Sri lankans.

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          Ajith,
          if there are any other options, why on earth did Rajapakshe fail to do the job ?
          Why not you or the like seem to have no further alternatives ? what happened VASIDEWA NANAYAKKARA today ?

          Blatant lies misled the entire nation. People are also indifferent.

          Long before Gota was driven away and RW became the caretaker president, Harsha De Silva, Eran and Ranil were predicting that there would be no other option than going to IMF for resolving srilanken econiomic issues. Reemmber ? That was read by MAIN STREAM MEDIA all what they predicted were fabrications. Lies became public perceptions leaving the truthful information aside.
          That was during the period of Good governance Sirisena/RW govt.
          All what RW predicted became the reality by July 2022.
          No need astrologists, if people used facts, things would have turned better for the nation. Also today, many like you have no idea how seriously we are fallen economically.

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      Not fair to say “neither the NPP nor the JVP have actually run the country before.”

      A poor argument. On that basis no one was qualified to take over at independence.
      In any case the JVP ran some ministries in the early 2000s with a high reputation for being relatively corruption-free.

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        Jaffna Man
        What did they really do to make their impact felt?
        Just tell me 5 instances where the JVP parliamentarians faired better than others in the same positions.
        By the way, being “Jaffna Man”, are you proficient in Tamil? Or are you using the Pseudonym to feel cool?
        What is your ID Card number and your address?

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          Human Touch, what did you expect such a small group in NPP to do. But AKD had detailed files of all the robbers, though his group was too small to be effective against murderous robbers, who are hell bent on clinging greedily to whatever was available for their non working, incapable families.

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            Anura is now in London:
            .
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHFKCeV8Tro&t=185s
            .
            My Sinhala comment (courtesy, Google Translate is there). The original, English:
            .
            “This is great, Anura. We must also be grateful to the NPP organisers in London. They appear to have hired one of the best venues in London. I looked at some of the information given about hall hire. It comes to about 2 million Sri Lankan rupees.
            .
            I have never left Asia. I have met Anura for five minutes in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka. That’s a quite different matter. The money spent is not extravagance. I know that nothing can be sillier than converting costs when something is happening in a foreign country. What this should emphasise for us is how poor our politicians have made us!
            .
            We have to chase crooks out, and take control of our country! Long live the National People’s Power! Long live our brilliant, yet humble leader, Anura!

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              SM,
              “Anura is now in London:”
              You are highly critical when other politicians spend time abroad.
              But when AKD spends so much time abroad, you run fawning advertisements about it. Whose money is he spending?
              Why this hypocrisy?

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                OC
                .
                Talk about double standards.
                .
                What is AKD doing in England actually?
                .
                If it were a Tamil person who went to England to canvass for elections everyone would cry diaspora / LTTE.
                .
                If Sajith should go to England or Australia for political support, many of our JVP fellows will cry he went to look for NGO support or not.
                .
                Such is the level of hypocrisy in our society. No wonder we are where we are.

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                OC,

                That’s why I always say, SM doesn’t know what his pen is writing. The kind of jokers become Gurus to our CT commenters.
                .
                His definitions are SM-biased. He is infected with AKDISM as a blind romance. There were also stupid southerners that tattooed MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE on their chests. Remember ?
                :.
                Btw, why didn’t AKD carry SM to London?

                Good luck to srilanka !
                .

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              Dear oc,
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              This was the London meeting:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rws-economic-transformation-bill-npps-systemic-transformation/
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              මාලිමාවේ LONDON ජනහමුව | Public Meeting in LONDON | மக்கள் சந்திப்பு | AKD | NPP Srilanka | June 15 – 3 hours 41 minutes
              .
              I discussed it for 55 minutes, starting exactly at midnight, with “Wasantha Sahodaraya” (a 44 year old from Panchikawatte) who answered the phone at the NPP Head Office. He identified Dr Tush Wickremanayake as being the person who raised the issue of child abuse. He agreed with me about the need to reach out to Tamils and Muslims, not necessarily to boost our vote-tally. We expect Anura to win; after that we must ensure minority rights. Two days ago, 60 year old Sisira, from Homagama, also displayed the same rational and balanced attitude.
              .
              I asked him to check on what was said at exactly 2 minutes. Participants were asked to do something with their phones. That was, I think, to use some translation service. I’m now doing my second, careful listening to the meeting. Let us see if many have got their phones close to their ears, or are they using earphones? After that that, I think that Gayathri Tharmendran said the same sort of thing at around 10 minutes into the video. I don’t understand Tamil.
              .
              As for how this was funded, please listen to Mr Darshana Hettiarachchi, from 37 mintes to

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                continuing…
                .
                Sorry. That got submitted
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                Listen from 37 minutes to 42 minutes. Similarly, when there are events here, we have activists who come to us for modest donations. It’s not your money that is being spent, old codger, so why I are you so bothered?
                .
                When Ranil travels, it is State money.
                .
                And Sajith? Not my business. But I have heard it said that there is money that had been collected by his father. How? It is not my concern at this time. If it is stolen money, as is almost definitely the case with the Rajapaksas, that will have to be investigated, after the NPP government is established.
                .
                Human Touch: What are you complaining about? When AKD stays in Sri Lanka your cheap jibe is that he doesn’t speak English; now these trips are particularly important because each of the more than one thousand London participants will be assuring their relatives and associates in Lanka that AKD is quite at ease in England.
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                Incidentally, “Comrade Wasantha” of Panchikawatte was not aware of the Harrow-Slough problem. This venue in Slough would have been considerably cheaper than the one at Harrow. Such details have to be worked out at local level, and you can be quite sure that there would have been no hanky panky.

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      HT: “How can you be in New Zealand and talk about NPP”?

      This question is not HUMAN OR anywhere near a Human Touch.

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        HT: “How can you be in New Zealand and talk about NPP”?

        This question is not HUMAN OR anywhere near a Human Touch.

        Douglas, I fully agree with you. Every one has the right to say their views and opinions. HT should ask himself what right he has to say about NPP or JVP or SLPP orUNP?

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          Ajith ,

          ” HT should ask himself what right he has to say about NPP or JVP
          or SLPP or UNP ? AKD will explain why he is trotting the globe
          meeting Srilankan diasporas and that would answer your question
          of HT concern about what’s going on and how it should be going
          on his motherland . Nevertheless , In my belief , the possibility is that
          more than sizable amount of CT readers and commentators could be
          from outside Lanka .

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            Why why,
            It’s true that most of the writers, readers,commentators are Origins of Srilanka/ceyon. HT has the right to comment on the subject written by the author but has no right to say that the author has no right an article in this foram.

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              Ajith ,

              Agreed .

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        Douglas
        .
        My contention lies in our firsthand experience of current events unfolding here in Sri Lanka. From this vantage point, I assess that our government is performing admirably.
        However, the perception of this performance may differ for someone residing in New Zealand, shaped largely by the information they receive through media channels.
        While Ranil Wickremesinghe diligently pursues practical solutions, it appears that others are merely peddling promises without substantive action.

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          HT: “…..our government is performing admirably”. To what extent? Our total debt stood at US$ 83 billion in 2022 and has been increased to US$ 100 billion. This US$ 17 billion increase was for the last 24 months. Can you provide some data for that “Performing admirably”?

          The perception of that resident abroad is not based on “Media”. Those abroad, are more vigilant and study the facts and data available through Government resources. They are – Sir Lankans are way ahead in studying the situation through official sources. Please watch some of the YouTube channels aired from London, France, Italy, Swiss, and a whole host of articles written from abraod.

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            Douglas
            I can understand your position, like I said earlier if you concentrate on watching YouTube etc for your information you will not get a true and correct picture of the situation on ground.
            You have to come and experience life in Sri Lanka if you really want to make a judgement.
            Do you remember why we fell info a mess in 2022? Gota was unable to manage the dept. We we unable to pay our bills.
            The situation in the country is completely different now.
            Why don’t you give credit to RW for that?
            Yes debt may have gone up, up did you look at the analytics, the external debt has remained the same. That should tell you something. They are doing something right. The slide has stopped.
            This is the only way to recovery, we have to achieve stability first.
            Did you expect RW to bring out money from his pockets and pay the debt? Or are you thinking NPP, JVP or Sajith can do that?
            Why did they chicken out when they were asked to run the country during Aragalaya?
            The truth is that you can catch all the thieves you want but it will not pay our debts. Think about it.

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              Dear Readers,
              As someone who has been posting on CT for the past 10 years or so, I always respect the thoughts of the following commenters:
              NV, OC, SJ, HT, JIT, Nathan, Manel, WW and several others. But I can’t really understand some of the commenters who attack me personally because my opinion is different from “NPP”. I am not against NPP if it is really dominated by NPPrs. However, knowing that former murderers guide them as of today, how can the kind of barabarians be praised as future leaders.?
              To me, if Prabakaran was branded a terrorist, why on earth our people lag to brand “JVPrs” as killers knowing that they perpetrated high crimes in 89-92 brutal period.
              Tilvin is still alive. Lalkantha is still alive !
              .
              Since the birth of Rajapaksa politics, this country has been ruined because criminals have made people eternal fools.
              Mrs. CBK was marginalized and hurt to overide SLFP politics. Many leaders were deliberately killed by the direct mediation of Rajapakshe. However, it was buried under the carpet because people’s power was totally grabed by them putting “s
              She is the most experienced individual to publicly declare that “Rajapaksas are uncultured, racists”. Unfortunatley, people attacked then. However, SB controlled Sri Lankans (70% rural population) never cross-examined as to why they should kneel before the Rajapaksa-Mafia, but made them victims of predatory criminals.

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                There is no doubt that Rajapksas destroyed the country and they should be punished. Similarly JRJ also took part in the destruction of this country and they should be punished. JVP and LTTE are the outcome of the rulers of the country that are UNP and SLFP.. LTTE is not considered as Tamils. Similarly JVP was not considered as Sinhalese. They are children of Srilankan people.

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              Human Touch ,

              ” Why don’t you give credit to RW for that ? “
              ” Do you remember why we fell into a mess in 2022 ? ” ” Gota was
              unable to manage the debt . ” For your question , you have
              provided the answer HT . Ask RW , what is new that he did other
              than Aragalaya chased away Gota which made RW reverse what
              Gota was doing . All drivers can go on reverse . Dinesh was not
              given the opportunity , even he would have gone on reverse gear .
              That was the only choice left at the time . What else has happened ?
              Gota was trying to take the country back to 1970 . He thought the
              6.9 million were from LTTE .

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                whywhy
                Yes, that was the only choice left at the time, I agree.
                None of those big talkers could have saved us.
                But, what if he refused?
                Can you imagine what a mess we would have been in?

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              HT: Thank you. Irrespective of foreign/local debts, I view all that as debts to be paid back. The only difference is, that foreign debts have to be paid in foreign currency and local in local currency. However, CB has recorded all debts as US $ 100 billion an increase of US$ 17 billion. That is what I pointed out.

              The next question is: How are we going to pay back? What have we done with that US$ 100 billion? The Government Audit reports are providing enough evidence to show where that money has gone. In short, those reports show “Billion” unaccounted and no added value assets are to be found.

              Who managed such a colossal funds? All who held office consecutively from one hand to the other are those responsible and accountable. Doesn’t that include Ranil W whom, now you want us to believe will put things right? NO. My friend.

              “Why did they chicken out”. That is a lie! For your information, Sarath Fonseka and Sajith were invited, but remember not AKD as publicized. AKD wrote a letter, without any invitation, and specified the terms and conditions for a “Take Over”. Rajapakses wanted a “Billy Boy” Ranil W fitted very well. You see what is happening now – a “Captive” of Rajapakses.

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                continued… Aren’t you aware that there was a contest in Parliament to elect a President to continue the remaining period of tenure of Gota? Who contested? Did AKD of NPP back (your words chicken out) out? He too contested and got only “Three” votes. Ranil W got 134 votes – all of Pohottuwa.

                What if AKD of NPP got that 134 votes? Do you think, AKD would have backed out? If he did, it would have been the “END” – both AKD and NPP. He would have had to assume duties and carry on.

                Being in Sri Lanka (as I understand) you must be well aware of these facts and noteworthy happenings. But your reporting doesn’t show you are here or else you are hiding facts, assuming that we are far away from S/L. We are much alive in that soil of S/L.

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              HT,
              “The truth is that you can catch all the thieves you want but it will not pay our debts.”
              This highlights about your objective of critical analysis. Your analysis period is one year. But Ranil Wickremasinghe’s and Mahinda Rajapakse’s political life has a lifespan of 50 years. You did not want touch about that period. You also ignore the role of US ambassador. There is no difference between you and the paid advisors of RW or propagandist of RW. The above statement clearly points out that protection of Rajapaksa’s is a primary purpose of your comment.

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                Ajith please wake up !
                “But Ranil Wickremasinghe’s and Mahinda Rajapakse’s political life has a lifespan of 50 years.”

                It is high time you or other ignorants to recheck your knowledge and focus rather on ground realities. Politicians cant make wonders if they are not empowered enough. Who governed this country for the last 3 decades?
                *
                CBK (1994-2005)(two terms) at the time, war was at its heights.
                MR (from 2005- 2015) (RW was opposition leader)
                Sorisena (from 2015-2019) (RW was Premier, but he did whole lot of good work until Rajapakshe destroyed it)
                Gotabaya (from 2019- 2022 July) (SJB leader was the opposition leader) what was achieved ?
                RW (from 2022 July- present)(Premier has no power at all) ( dont you think when RW took over as the president, has done a lot more good work than any others done before ?) ……….. unbiased reality is what counts by people.
                *
                Anyone with some thougtfulness and proper study, woudl not disagree wtih CBK’s terms as the executive president for this nation, since she had difficult period starting from JVP insurection in 1990 and also with fierce CIVIL war during her two terms.
                And her tenures were not given powerful mandates in the parliament either.


                Tbc

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                  cont.

                  **
                  Her federal solutions were branded as separation and partiion of the country by growing number racists including Rajapksa plus henchmen opportunists. Rajpakashes never played genuine politics that could lead to solutions to the minority issue.
                  They mercilessly abused the psyche of the rural villagers for their political survival.
                  Rajapakshe mantra ruined this nation, throwing the people from frying pan to fire.

                  Tbc

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                    cont.
                    .
                    However MR and his terms him being executive president to the nation were overpowerful with higher parlaiemntary mandates, if he really wanted to bring new laws and law reforms atleast starting from May 2009 (war ended in May 2009) he could act in favour of restructuring the society by introducing new laws.
                    **
                    However as a mad soldier is weopernized by a sharp knife, he only worsened basic human rights by making new enemies to the nation, being isolated as of 2015.

                    **
                    Only Belarus, Swaziland, Lybia and China were his allies by 2015. Remember ?
                    .
                    We were branded as ” state without basic human rights” among CW nations by 2015.

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      Human Touch

      “JVPs main skill is criticizing those in power, whilst having not contributed anything positive to change the status quo.”

      Please don’t judge a book by its cover, although we know what the book contains, …….
      People should wait until NPP/JVP/DJVP….. grab absolute power and enjoy complete control of organs of state.

      Given that JVP has not surrendered its collection of arms, watch out Lalkantha’s future dispensation of justice at the village level, and those JVP activists who joined the armed forces because of their deteriorating own physical safety as being members of JVP, thanks to various death squads.

      It is so early to predict.
      By the way NPP’s economic policies will be directly or indirectly controlled/dictated/influenced by Hindians as well as IMF. There is going to be a tug of war between the old guards and modernisers. It would be tough war, ….

      All it’s nationalistic rhetoric has gone with the wind, ……. hope they get on with the real task, …..

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        NV: Did you read the comment by NF? He has given two links. Please listen to both.

        In summary, both the links provide how the “Messiah” – Ranil W has increased the total debt load by about US $ 17 billion during the last twenty-four months. In addition, the second link tells you how the “ELITISTS” of the previous regimes are enjoying plenty at the expense of the taxpayer, Those figures are authentic and obtained from the Presidential Secretariat. Even the man who was chased away and ultimately resigned with 2 1/2 years service (GR) is given a “Pension” – Res. 97,000.00 a month with other perks.

        Can we go on like this? I don’t care who comes to power, provided they at least do away with this DAY LIGHT ROBBERY.

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          Contd….. The most despicable and intolerable is the maintenance of Hema Premadasa by the taxpayers. Recently she sent an invoice to the Ministry of Home Affairs, claiming for “Mosquito Coils”; “Ball-Point Pens”; “4 Reams of A1 Printing papers” and even “Toilet Paper Rolls”. Can’t Sajith Premadasa look after her mother?

          Then look at Chandrika Kumaratunga who has rented her house in Rosemead Place for a “Hotel” and living in a house provided by the people.

          What political party has PLEDGED to STOP all these, other than NPP? I trust NPP to walk the talk. Shouldn’t this “Elite” class of blood-sucking, rouge politicians be CHASED AWAY? It is a NEED and a MUST.

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            Douglas, NPP wants to do something, but because of the small number they have, they can’t win any votes in parliament when others cling tight to be able to continue robbing. It is wisdom for AKD to invite all the other good leaders, form a group which can have power in rotation, so that they can trust each other, and all enjoy in leadership as well. Tough ones like SF if included will be very useful. Need is to get unified.

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            Douglas,
            Bringing up expenses for a woman’s toilet paper and mosquito coils while we discuss crucial national matters reflects either extreme idleness or a remarkably petty mindset on your part.
            It’s no surprise that individuals with such priorities tend to support the JVP.
            Birds of a feather flock together.

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          Douglas,
          You may well have a Point!!?? However, how would you feel, if you had a Government Job and, on your retirement, if the Government denies that right, which has been available for decades!!???
          This is the problem with JVP/NPP!!??? “Diktats” by Choice and Selective!!?? NOT by “UNIVERSAL METHODOLOGY” AND USAGE!!!
          Still remember, funeral rites of the dead people etc. That is a Game Changer and also VOTE LOSER!!??

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          Douglas,
          “Ranil W has increased the total debt load by about US $ 17 billion “
          In 2021, the national debt of India amounted to around 2.37 trillion U.S. dollars. So, is India bankrupt? No, it’s the world’s 5th largest economy. Don’t let ignorant youtube pundits mislead you with irrelevant statistics.
          Think of it this way. If you want to buy a car, you take a loan which may be 100 times your salary. Does that make you a bankrupt? It is the same with countries. Here is another one for you:
          “Saudi Arabia National Government Debt reached 273.1 USD bn in Dec 2023,”

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    If you observe the world unemotionally/realistically without preconceived claptrap clogging the brain …….. for better or for worse political/social/paradigm shifts take place. The emergence of Donald Trump shattered the direction America was heading: transferring power among families – Bushes, Clintons – similar to the usual South-Asian political traditions. Eventually Donald Trump will leave the stage and then a new but a different equilibrium will pervade American politics.

    Since the bankruptcy and the Aragalaya …….. the old way of doing politics – passing power from fathers to offspring who obtain qualifications/suitability by all sorts of nefarious means – has become to look more and more dated. Sajith and Namal with their humbug-qualifications are becoming to look ludicrous.

    When the people who are supposed to have experience and knowledge have bankrupted the country it’s moronic to say the country should still persevere with the same idiots/crooks who brought down the country to this state: that someone else should not be given a chance.

    Listen with an open mind without preconceived prejudice ……. 3:38 ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl3VjGIRlE4 ……. if you can please refute what he is saying about how Ranil “rescued” the economy.

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      cont,

      Listen to what he is saying about how much of public funds the president and ex-presidents are getting: Rs 700,000 per month just for gasoline alone (in addition to salaries, salaries for sectaries, vehicles, houses etc.) ……. What the fuck have they done to deserve such largess from the starving citizens? ……… 7:22 …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLsXeN8v-Uo

      I don’t give a fig if it’s JVP or NPP ….. at least they promise to do away with these ridiculous perks. That’s a start.

      Every journey …… in the right direction ….. starts with a few small steps. …….. Let them even do that.

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        nimal fernando, these perks will increase to large amounts as the greedy robbers grab whatever they can in a final attempt to rob the citizens money till bankruptcy and sell all the national wealth they can. I can almost see aragalaya 2 on the way.

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    Human Touch,
    “And then what?”
    You should tell the answer. if JVP raise what will happen? What happened to Sri Lanka when Sri Lanka killed 60000 Sinhalese youths. What happened to Sri Lanka when more than 100000 Tamils were killed? Please stop creating fear among people. Do you think JVP is worse than Gota?

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      Ajith
      Voting solely based on emotions without critical analysis or asking pertinent questions can lead to decisions that may not align with one’s best interests or the broader welfare of society. Emotions are important, but they should be tempered with rationality and informed decision-making. It’s crucial to research party platforms, assess candidates’ track records, and consider the potential impacts of their policies on various aspects of society. Asking questions and seeking clarification on issues ensures that one’s vote is well-informed and contributes to the advancement of the nation. While emotions may play a role in shaping preferences, they should not overshadow the importance of thoughtful deliberation and civic responsibility in the electoral process.

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        I agree what you have said in this comment. But just think about whether you have done any critical analysis of the candidates of this presidential election and conclusions you made and what suggestions you make to an ordinary person who has no ability to make such critical analysis?

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          Ajith: A commendable reply to “HT”. “HT” has given a fairly good analysis of what a voter has to do before electing to vote. But does he follow his advice? Reading through his analysis, such as “this Government has done admirably well” ignoring the ever-increasing debt load without any appreciable added value to our assets is a pointer to his poor analytical approach as a voter, if he has a vote in Sri Lanka.

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    … NPP is a people-centered political movement.
    I grant this statement, with reservation.
    Yes, NPP is a political movement; Not a political party.
    JVP is still the Party; NPP is the decoration for a relaunch of JVP.
    .
    … Having clean hands, the NPP’s determination
    NPP is yet to see the battleground. Hands are not dirty.
    .
    The wine is in a new bottle. Knowing the Company that is bottling it, it is a big risk to assume that the wine would be anything new.
    .
    … What they say and practice are the same,
    There are a lot of things they say nothing on.
    .
    NPP will be a new culture. The wine?

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      Nathan ,

      All governments are under attack by the JVP led NPP . They call it a
      76 years curse . Are they right ? In my view , to be honest , they are
      only partially right . When 71 insurgency happened , we were just
      21 yrs after independence and was that good enough time to to get
      adjusted to Newly Found Democracy in the hands of Locals ? How
      much had the world developed at the time ? Even our British masters
      made it a welfare state only in 70s . An Empire ! In 71 where did the
      JVP want to take the country to and how different is it today ? Single
      party dominance in the country now has come to an end and how
      different is JVP from that so that they can claim they are still with
      the same strength ? They too are in the same mess and that is why
      the need for an NPP . What is their approach to bring down cost of
      production to compete in the world markets ? Recently I had a very
      surprise purchase in London . I bought a packet of Tea with a sizable
      boast of Srilankan Tea on big letters and small print saying the Tea
      was from Kenya and India and Packed in Srilanka ! Look at where
      we are heading ! We are living in a BEAUTIFUL MESS our leaders
      have no clue about . It is true we see advertisements of all sorts
      these days about a possible AKD days ahead but the Rulers are still to
      come out with their muscles any time soon unexpectedly and NPP
      knows this .

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    The author says all economic policies and programmes are deeply rooted in NPP foundation to deal with rampant corruption, waste and misuse of resources. Without the support and collaboration of other non-robbing, mature, experienced and aspiring political leaders already existing in this nation, NPP becomes a minority when it comes to a vote in parliament regarding issues that will crop up from time to time. Hence NPP needs human volume of many other different shades away from policies of the former JVP group’s behavior which many older citizens still don’t trust. NPP needs more good volume to deal with existing clinging robbers.

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    “NPP Leaders Have Nothing to Conceal/Hide”

    Are NPP leaders willing to disclose their financial assets in the form of tax records to the public? If not, then I can assure you they are concealing quite a bit.

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      How Audacious and Capricious, you could be?? When your ‘MASTER HANDLER’ (M-H), was the Person as PM in 2003/4 to advise MP’s it wasn’t necessary, to declare assets and yearly income, for Parliament members, which was proposed and enacted in the statute by CBK!!??? You are defying your ‘M-H’, The messiah, without “NO ASSET DECLARED” Robbed Tsunami Funds, with Collusion of people, deciding Judicial matters, who, thinking ‘The Messiah’ would TURN NEW LEAF, didn’t impose CAPTIVE sentence or fine!!?? He Pursued went-on to implement “E01 and Lakvijaya Power Project STAGE 1 – 3!? And did a “WALLOPING” scavenging USD Billions, basic reason economic Bankruptcy!? What Patriotism – Unspeakable Trait!!!??
      Get your M-H, file his returns past 22 years!!?? We will endeavour, give NPP assets declaration!!?? You seem to have “SCRATCHY” disease, now Clear, Imminent signs NPP victory!!??

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        Rajapakse and/or his cronies were not the first to rob the country. When CBK was the President, Sarath Silva was protecting her and her corrupt Ratwatte cousins. But by eliminating terrorism, Rajapakse has returned tens of billions to the country in the form of increased tourism, etc. Many people don’t understand, LTTE suicide bombings were designed to harm tourism and inflict economic damage. Just like in Israel, after 7th Oct, the tourist industry is decimated.

  • 6
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    *income and financial assets

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    Prof. Seneviratne,
    You say that you have HEARD “that only the NPP WANTS TO PREPARE a 5-year economic development plan, which is an excellent idea in the right direction.”

    Isnt this praising the NPP for something they haven’t actually done?

    Having said that I must confess that I am totally at a loss where to cast my vote. It’s a bleak prospect. Perhaps, you, distanced from the chaos of yr homeland, in the safe haven (?) of New Zealand, can hone in on best choice for us poor inhabitants (???)

    Would you be prepared to put yr money where yr m….is & come to canvass for the grouping you urge on us from afar? Or, even return altogether, settle down & help to implement the great promise you predict?

    I doubt that many of my generation, after so many years of uprisings, ethnic conflict, pre- & post-election violence, will opt for the current guise of the JVP. Even I lost friends, etc., to their late ’80s’ “activities”.

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      I appreciate your dilemma, Manel.
      .
      The NPP will not be violent the way the JVP was twice. They have apologised.
      .
      I will not say more. To argue with you, will be to insult a woman with great knowledge and intelligence.

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    Mr. Seneviratne, Even MARA just threatened Ranil saying a postponement of Presidential elections will be the end of UNP. Why should that bother him? So much rubbish is being spoken that a sieve is needed to find the truth. Guess Ranil is negotiating with AKD, though there is little in common with their thinking capacities. Ranil’s tragedy is that he will not deal with any of the robbers as he is beholden to them for helping him to reach the top post which he had missed all his life. The bigger tragedy is that he is ignoring the robbers and selling all the national assets instead, but which too will be robbed. With these circumstances, can’t expect any progress.

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    Dear Prof. Seneviratne,
    .
    PART ONE
    .
    I’m now
    as enthusiastic a supporter of the NPP, as you obviously are. However, I fear that your article gushes! It is too fulsome in its praise.
    .
    About noon yesterday, there was some picketing by a teachers’ trade union in Bandarawela town. I retired, from government service, in 2005, and nobody seemed to recognise me. ☹ Anyway, somebody handed me the strip of paper with the slogans in Sinhala, and I shouted them out in my stentorian voice. Much appreciated by all!
    .
    There were at least 50 placards, also in Sinhala. I asked, “Where are the Tamil placards?”. None to be found. Asked a guy who he was. A teacher in “Haputale Number 1” school – Tamil, of course, but he knew Sinhala, I don’t know Tamil.
    .
    Upshot: We got a marker, and on the reverse of a Sinhala poster he wrote something like this: உடனடியாக பணம் செலுத்துங்கள். If somebody wants to know how I put that on, ask, I will explain.

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      PART TWO
      .
      Why had nobody got that done. The organisers (Trade Union, not really NPP, there were people who were going to vote SJB, as well) said that they hadn’t been able to get it organised. I’m sure that was true. But time and again, I’m the guy who has to turn up, say I know zero Tamil, affirm the importance of Tamil, but not of English, and say that we must work for National Unity.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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      Dear Sinhala_Man,
      At school, in Jaffna, they started teaching us Sinhala, in 1952.
      If not for 1956, Jaffna would be conversant in Sinhala, today.

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        Yes, Nathan. What you say is true.
        .
        The tragedy of Sri Lanka!
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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    Load of CR.P has been presented to sway the unsuspecting voter majority. Pol Pot of Cambodia was brought to prominence in the same way. Sri Lanka should not be another killing field because of this sort of political campaigns carried out from overseas.

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    What lies ahead is a humongous task too vast for any human person alone to tackle. AKD and SP should join hands for the sake of all on a common platform to extricate the country from the doldrums it is sunken too deep into. They should agree to scrap the executive presidency reverting powers back to the parliament. The members must be elected on first pass the post basis.

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      Thanks for your constructive response, hanchopancha.
      .
      I don’t think that AKD and SP should join forces now. We need a proper election, they must compete for votes, knock Ranil out.
      .
      The policies that they have outlined so far are quite different.
      .
      But they have one thing in common – they are not corrupt the way that most other politicians are.
      .
      The Presidential Election in October must be followed immediately by Parliamentary Elections, and then by getting a new Constitution passed – abolishing the Presidency. The new Constitution will take some time to get done (it will have to be carefully thought out.)
      .
      Proportional Representation is fairer than FPTP, but I don’t totally disagree. What is important is that the elections should be properly conducted, and if it is Proportional, there can be no cross-overs.
      .
      A difficult problem, but not one of fundamental importance.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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    Seems that JVP’s deadly AKD who has failed to articulate any alternatives to the IMF agenda like de-dollarizing and joining the BRICS who has been rather jetting to various capitals in the EU and US is the flavour of the NED backed and funded Aragalaya actors, lecturers , and directors as well as the Global DeepState (CIA) to be king maker in Sri Lanka at the next election?!
    He will back the favorite Ranil Rajapakse in the end?!
    Long live Sinhala Modayas!

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      Dinuk! Amazing!!
      .
      [Edited out]

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    Wow, with such passion in his writing, I would think Prof. Seneviratne is a fully paid up card carrying member of the NPP or is he sucking up to the NPP offering his services?

    Anyway, we have heard of the NPP’s vision & mission, so lets hear more about the strategy. What is the ”5-year economic development plan” or is it still being planned? I would have thought with the ”Foresight, Strategic approach” you talk about, the strategy & Action Plan would have already been, detailed, costed & ready for public scrutiny. By the way, is AKD canvassing voters in London to get ex pats to convince their relatives in SL to vote for him, while, at the same time, persuading to remit their hard earned savings to boost the Forex reserves? If that is not the ‘strategy’, I can’t understand why AKD is spending time canvassing in UK instead of in SL. There is even a picture of a ‘battle bus’, as used by UK political parties to travel the country, with AKD’s picture, going round in social media, most probably, its computer generated.

    I am getting fed up with academics & pundits singing hosannas instead of scrutinising political manifestos & providing an unbiased opinion.

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      Thanks for the report, Raj-UK.
      .
      Please go for the meeting, just to look and see.
      .
      If you don’t go, I will lose all respect for you. Please try to get your pov across. It’s not your money that anybody is after. Don’t contribute money. You’re an honest man. Quite well-informed. Intelligent? Dunno!
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        SM

        I don’t waste my time attending political meetings. I watch political debates & broadcasts on TV for entertainment or curiosity. I don’t contribute to political parties either, there are better worthwhile charities to donate money to. I am not looking for respect, the respect I still have from some of my former colleagues & friends in SL is more than enough, & as for my intelligence, it has been adequate to get by all this time.

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          Dear Raj-UK,
          .
          You’re wasting a lot more time
          writing contradictory things here, after reading up a lot here, and writing all these comments.
          .
          I think you foolish for acting as you are doing, but you are entitled to so act. However, I’m not going to bother too much about your doings; and remember if, after all the elections are over, and you see the TRUTH, present your concerns, and we can then discuss all this.
          .
          Given the way you write, without making up all sorts of strange stories, I will always be civil to you. This is the meeting you missed:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c77yMIMs3U
          .
          Studying this meeting will be more rewarding for you than the meetings in Lanka, because the issues discussed were more up our street, and AKD dealt with the latest developments, which indicated how Anura regards Ranil’s most recent moves: e.g. Ranil now makes out that he can continue for another year because it was once it was a six-year term.
          .
          Ranil will continue to act in this way until the Elections are announced, and nominations are called.
          .
          I will make further comments here:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rws-economic-transformation-bill-npps-systemic-transformation/
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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            SM,
            “Ranil now makes out that he can continue for another year because it was once it was a six-year term.”
            When has he explicitly said so? Would you provide a link, the same way you provide links to AKD’s speeches?

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              OC,
              Lies go viral in a country filled with all various kind of rabblerousers.
              .
              Boat people claimed refuge in UK for their selfish agendas are now talking injustices in their home country.
              .
              Truth is, most of these people don’t contribute to foreign exchange but poor labourers working in Middle East.
              .

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              old codger,
              .

              Ranil never says anything; never explicit, and he gets others to others to say things.
              .
              He’s as much of a coward as you.
              .
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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            S_M,
            Thanks. Have a better understanding of NPP’s Outlook!!??

    • 4
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      Raj_UK
      “I can’t understand why AKD is spending time canvassing in UK instead of in SL. “
      I don’t think there is a merit on this question. In UK not only but also Sinhalese also live here. There is nothing wrong Canvassing in UK by NPP. Ranil is doing propaganda using Public money all around the world. How many times he visited UK and many other countries using people’s money? Propaganda is part of democracy. The fact is not only you many others are also fed up with the politics Sri Lanka.

      • 5
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        Ajith

        I have seen the NPP ‘battle bus’ in London with AKD’s face on it in social media. If its real, Londoners, who are familiar with private double decker buses painted in party colours transporting party members for canvassing purposes around the UK, must be confused, wondering if AKD & his party are also running in UK elections.

        Anyway, just wondering how many SL’s in UK will be actually voting in SL elections to justify the costs. In UK, election expenditure is capped & has to be declared. I would have thought that in the age of the Internet & social media, it would have been more cost effective if AKD. spread his message from SL instead of physically going round the world, unless he has some ‘glow’ that mesmerise people.

        • 5
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          Raj-UK
          He can’t carry his begging bowl through social media!
          That can only be done in person.
          The question is why JVP/NPP want western funds?
          Are they planning to buy votes?
          If another Sri Lankan politician tried going to a western country to solicit funds and support, the JVP/NPP would have been crying blue murder.
          There would have been a thousand conspiracy theories and all.
          Such is the level of hypocrisy in the minds of our JVP/NPP friends.

      • 0
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        Ajith,
        Why Not!!???
        Springtime is experienced, yet again, in “London Town” with Chelsea Flower Show, and weather, even better than, Bandarawela, with summer next month!?
        Great time for valuable Conversations – Mind Altering Category – makes all the difference!!
        Surely, but certainly, even those NOT Gone beyond Asia, Japan and Russia is good enough would agree wholeheartedly!!??

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    Douglas
    It is a shame to evaluate government performance using only one metric—debt. If you keep fixating on debt, you will never be satisfied. For your information, the richest and most prosperous countries have significant levels of debt. The key is how leaders manage debt while balancing all aspects of life to provide citizens with a high quality of life. Think about that.

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      HT,
      I am amazed how easily people are fooled by convincing sound bites from conniving and ignorant politicians . Even Saudi Arabia has a National Debt of 273 billion USD.

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      HT: Thanks. Still, you don’t get what I say. Debt is not a curse. It is a curse when such debts are not managed properly to generate additional wealth and service the debt by such added value. All other countries manage their’ debate, such as Budget deficits and loans obtained to bridge the gap between revenue and expenditure.

      What has Sri Lanka done? All our political leaders have failed to utilize such funds on projects (mostly fancy) that did not generate wealth or robbed a fair portion of those funds in very many instances. That is how we could not service (repayments in time) the loans and accumulated the debt load. Have we learned a lesson? No. Still, we are not on the correct track. Tell me what have we done with the latest loan from IMF, World Bank, and IDB? Tell me of a single “Investment Project” we have undertaken. But we know how money is dolled out to MPs and Local Party Leaders using the name – “Development Projects”. It is too lengthy to give the names of such individuals in a comment form here. Remember, it is election time here.

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        Douglas,
        “projects (mostly fancy) that did not generate wealth”
        Since you don’t seem to understand where national debt comes from, here is a clue:
        “There is no question – the Ceylon Electricity Board has grown into a public sector behemoth. It has become the Leviathan of Sri Lanka’s political economy. It sucks up government cash and owes an unpayable debt of about LKR600 billion;”
        The above passage is from a current article by Rajan Phillips. You can add on the losses from Sri Lankan Airlines, Ceypetco etc, and you can get the picture.
        It is not only useless projects that cause debt, but also state enterprises used as employment exchanges.

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          Old Codger
          Let’s not overlook the fact that we are still maintaining a massive military presence fifteen years after the war ended. Sources indicate that the three services currently have approximately 346,700 active personnel, not to mention the ongoing costs of pensions for retirees and beneficiaries of deceased personnel.
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          This figure does not even include the Special Task Force numbers.
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          What is the NPP’s strategy to responsibly reduce our military size to a more practical level, especially given that we face no significant military threats from neighboring countries?

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            Lookout for Burmese Military Junta, Maldives

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          OC,
          We need to look after the people who service MMW, in the Deep South!!?? Most stressed-out people in this land!!?? They must be soothed and comforted in all elements for nation’s success!?

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        Douglas
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        “It becomes a curse when debts are not managed properly to generate additional wealth and service the debt through added value. This was evident in the case of Mara and Co., who borrowed money and misappropriated it, leaving the citizens to bear the burden of repayment.
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        However, this is not the case with RW. He inherited a bankrupt country and had to borrow money to stabilize it. He did not steal the money; instead, it has been put to good use. The current stability speaks for its self, so why blame him for taking necessary steps to recover the country?”

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        Douglas,
        “Tell me of a single “Investment Project” we have undertaken.”
        This is not a development Loan, Investment Loan??? It is an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to provide standby USD facility to cope with needs of Human Sustenance, to ensure, Starvation, Famine, and deprivation of basic human needs of society, whilst other sources of Income (Export earnings, Foreign Employment Inward remittances) are stabilised!!?? Importantly time for Past Credit and Loans are adjusted (Over-borrowing) to alleviate the current situation and overcome better Liquidity!!??
        We are trying to explore, how many children the COUPLE HAS before even knowing the SPOUSE!? Hopefully, China would complete their task (much awaited last 6 months) at least in this month!??

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      Human Touch, you speak of leaders managing debt to provide citizens with a high quality of life. Are you day dreaming. Do citizens even come into their minds. They are obsessed with themselves and what they can grab.

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    DTG
    Are you not living in Sri Lanka?

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