14 April, 2024

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Politics Behind Economic Recovery

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

“Macroeconomic policy can never be devoid of politics; it involves fundamental trade-offs and affects different groups differently” ~ Joseph Stiglitz

IMF drug is beginning to show signs of effectiveness by producing few random indicators of economic recovery. With strict capital controls and tightened trade rules rupee is appreciating against the dollar and the buying rate of dollar has dipped below Rs.300. Unavoidably, the rupee has also appreciated against the country’s trading partners, which is bound to affect exports. Headline inflation has tumbled down from about 70% to below 6%, and the country’s foreign reserves had reached almost $4,500 million by January this year. A booming tourism industry and disappearance of queues are additional indicators of stability. But there is a long way to go to achieve steady growth. Debt restructuring is yet to be completed and after that debt servicing would bring additional pressure on foreign reserves. Above all, there are several unknowns in global economic arena which may hurt recovery efforts. However, President Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) is so elated by the recovery signs that he went to the extent of declaring that he would inject the IMF drug with the force of law if the need arises. His opponents, except the ones from NPP, after initially raising concerns about the unfair social cost of that drug have come to realize that they have no better alternative to offer than to recommend the same drug when they come to power. Yet, neither RW and his opponents except NPP are not prepared to look at the big picture and admit the fact that the economic crisis is only one among a multiplicity of crises and that the main root of the poly-crisis lies deep in the very womb of the nation’s so-called democratic governance. IMF has also warned that economic recovery is at a knife edge and could slip back unless governance reforms are pursued with determination.But, as the life of the current parliament and that of the presidency are nearing an end the country’s attention is shifting rapidly and perhaps dangerously from economics to politics. Political developments during the last few weeks indicate that Presidential Election would precede a General Election, and according to RW the date of that election would be announced only after July when the IMF program is scheduled to come to an end. Does he mean to argue that IMF would be out of Sri Lanka after July? Its $2.9 billion EFF would be disbursed over eight tranches and IMF would continue overseeing progress long after July. The fact of the matter is RW wants to use the remaining months of his presidency to entice, cajole and even threaten his opponents to win their support for his candidature.    

The politics behind this tentative recovery would run in two or three different directions depending on whether the contest for presidency going to be a two-sided or three-cornered race.  Until a couple of weeks ago, popular expectation was that it would be a three-cornered fight among RW from the UNP-SLPP coalition, Sajit Premadasa (SP) from SJB and Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD) from NPP. In that case, RW would try to capitalize on the positive indicators of recovery with warning to voters not to jeopardize the race by changing the horse half way.  SP would highlight the disproportionate cost born by the workers and the poor and try to capitalize on their prolonging misery; and the third would go beyond the recovery and argue for a system change to tackle the poly-crisis. Fearing the rising popularity of the third, inter-party horse-trading appears to have begun in earnest to make the contest two-sided between the current system’s common candidate RW and system changer AKD.              

Without exaggeration it should be admitted that the aragalaya awakening of 2022 was a landmark event which highlighted what the country actually needed to overcome its multiple crises. Those agitators emerging from a qualitatively different generation of voters finally realized that the economic crisis of Sri Lanka was only symptomatic of a fundamental systemic crisis and hence they demanded “system change”.  But they never elaborated on what they really meant by it. Their slogans “Gota Go Home” and “No 225” only simplified an otherwise value loaded and complex agenda. The first slogan delivered the result almost immediately, but not the second. The widening intergenerational divide made Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) presidency untenable, and there was no conspiracy to sack him as he dubiously claims in his book.  His departure marked the success of a spontaneous uprising, which was not prepared to put up with a system that bankrupted the economy with planned mismanagement and in the name of Buddhism. The violence that ensued was not originated by the agitators but by thugs hired by GR’s brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR). But disappointingly, the response from the 225 was to continue with the same system after replacing GR with RW and with invitation to IMF to repair the economic damage. All this were done legally but lacked legitimacy.  In that context, the very invitation to IMF was not only an economic necessity but also a political imperative. The time has now arrived for the people to express their final judgement on what had been done so far in their name, but without their mandate.

NPP has undertaken the task of translating the Aragalaya demand for system change into reality. Its methodology is to realize that change through social revolution and transformation of a decadent political culture. What provides credibility to NPP’s political platform is its leaders familiarity with theoretical radicalism and lessons learnt from the failure of its practice in the past. NPP party therefore represents a new ideology of pragmatic radicalism, and instead of the revolutionary and resurrectionary violent path of the predecessors is resorting to the ballot box with a socio-economic and political agenda. The manifesto, which the party is expected to release soon should reflect this crucial transformation. A new constitution eschewing ethnocratic majoritarianism and embracing secular democracy should be the cornerstone of that manifesto. Economically, NPP’s advocacy of a market friendly strategy should start by cleansing the market of its artificial rigidities which are clandestinely introduced with state support. It is also willing to go along with the IMF reform agenda as long as they assist strengthening the domestic production sector. It has declared its readiness to continue friendly relations with neighbouring countries and particularly with India. NPP’s appeal to the national minorities to join in building a democracy without destroying the country’s ethnic and cultural pluralism has more substance than RW’s rhetoric on ethnic reconciliation. These are encouraging signs of the party’s vision and approach towards tackling the poly-crisis. If these do not imply system change what else?

Finally, there is the historic communal element in Sri Lankan politics that would derail the tentative economic recovery if it were to raise its ugly head once again. In 2020 and in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday mayhem GR, MR and their SLPP captured power from the platform of political Buddhism. That campaign driven by Buddhist demagogues and their apparatchiks targeted the Muslim community and swept the poll with bloodshed.  However, an a-political and a-religious Aragalaya forced the resignations of GR and MR, and since then the electoral damage to SLPP had been severe. That party had no choice but to seek shelter under the coalition umbrella of UNP and its leader RW. The new president, schooled in the chicanery politics of his uncle JR, exploited SLPP’s vulnerability to the maximum. Yet, SLPP is a wounded elephant. GR’s presentation of his conspiracy book to the Mahanayakas for their blessing, Ven. Gnanasara Thero’s imprisonment on a case filed by two Muslim appellants for maligning Islam, which has provoked a section of the sangha to agitate for a public pardon, and recent revelations by the former president Maithripala Sirisena about Easter Sunday massacre’s mastermind are instances that would compel SLPP strategists to recalculate their chances of capturing power by playing the Buddhist card. That would imperil economic recovery.

Sri Lanka cannot afford to tread along the same path with too many potholes to reach RW’s magical destination of a Valhalla in 2048. A U-turn or system change is imperative. A new generation of voters, demand that change and NPP declares its readiness to deliver it. Will the forthcoming election give them a chance?      

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Business School, Murdoch University, W. Australia

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    … the main root of the poly-crisis lies deep in the very womb of the nation’s so-called democratic governance, – Ameer Ali.
    What are essential to make governance democratic. Does Sri Lanka hold those dear.
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    … economic recovery could slip back unless governance reforms are pursued with determination, – IMF.
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    … the economic crisis of Sri Lanka was only symptomatic, – the aragalaya.
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    … NPP has undertaken the task of translating the Aragalaya demand for system change, – Ameer Ali.
    … ….
    Here I differ with Ameer Ali.
    Has NPP diagnosed the Illness, or is to going to treat just the symptoms.
    There is a big difference between the two.
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    … A new constitution eschewing ethnocratic majoritarianism and embracing secular democracy should be the cornerstone of that manifesto, – Ameer Ali.
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    Does Ameer Ali see movement in that direction … ? I hardly.

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      Nathan ,

      ” Has NPP diagnosed the illness , or is it going to treat just the
      symptoms ? ” You see Nathan , in medical science , Not All Chest
      Pains Are Angina and same is the theory of Democracy in the
      Crab Paradise . Main system change on the minds of many is ,
      changing the Aged and Corrupt to the Youth and Clean . What they
      don’t know is , In the Paradise , New and Old are all Equally Corrupt
      For Generations , Not Leaving Any Chance For Changing Course !
      People are Not Mechanical Parts To Replace One with Another !
      Remember this , NPP will not win , even if they win , it will not be too
      long before they become Another Circus Company .

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      “Here I differ with Ameer Ali.
      Has NPP diagnosed the Illness, or is to going to treat just the symptoms.
      There is a big difference between the two”.
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      Dr Ali is reported to be a senior economist????.
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      Dayan Jayathilaka is introduced as a political analyst. But the guy never left out of the lap of God father of crimes./MaRa
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      GLP as an Oxford educated law professor.
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      God Chathuranga as motivation expert for Data science
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      Aiyooooo? When would they change 🤔 😏 😕?

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      “new constitution eschewing ethnocratic majoritarianism and embracing secular democracy should be the cornerstone of that manifesto. “
      No signs of that so far.
      Meanwhile the highest echelons of the Yellow Brigade are canvassing for the release of a fat thug who was jailed the other day.

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        Finally I found a candidate I can believe in …….. a great patriot …….. a great lover of the country …….. a great servant of the people ……… a great doer; not a talker …….. the next president/saviour of the country from an illustrious long line ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVlxzg-rqGI

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          I’m trying very hard to believe that you are enthusiastic about the guy.
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          I’m perfectly happy with most of the leading NPP guys.
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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        Fat thug (DADORIYA – term being used to call a rascal) behaved like a “honey badger” attacks almost every other beasts for no good reasons.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c36UNSoJenI&t=9s
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        He went amok being drunken on southern high way and ended up abusing the policists.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8xvsj2Lyig
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNtqqJwZIxk
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW1cRrpj5nA

        My doubt is how many young monks might have been raped by the bugger et al ? We know it is a taboo topic in sinhala-buddhist dominated society, but temple living hypocrites do more harm to their child monks than to anyone else.
        .
        Sinhala buddhist supproters are so indifferent about the crimes being commiitted within temple premises.
        .They have even the audacity to excuse it today in public.
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        This is why i bleieve our sinhalayas are more beasts than beings.
        .
        .The very Safron thug polluted entire society for a political game hired by medamulana rascals. People were equally fooled again and agian. Sadu sadu effect is more karmic than it appeared to be.

        To me as one who respect law and order rigorously, Ghanasara should have been hanged long ago. No escape should be given to the kind of men.

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    “A new constitution eschewing ethnocratic majoritarianism and embracing secular democracy should be the cornerstone of that manifesto, – Ameer Ali.
    “Does Ameer Ali see movement in that direction … ? I hardly.”
    A new constitution eschewing ethnocratic majoritarianism and embracing secular democracy is a common factor that is a challenging subject for all including AKD. You cannot expect from any Buddhist Sinhala leadership to bring in their constitutuion because they need votes from Buddhist Sinhala which is still a deciding factor in an election. Once you include that into the constitution, it is difficult to get it out. Even the leaders are not prepared to remove PTA or 6th amendment from the constitution is impossible. Even if the Sinhalese people already decided to vote AKD, they will not vote for AKD if their manifesto includes it.
    In my opinion Tamils or Muslims should not vote for any Sinhalese leadership on the grounds that none of the leadership will include that in the manifersto but they can make their second votes to a candidate who will bring some changes to the system to reduce corruption, bring rule of law and equal justice to all in the administration.

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    Dear LS,
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    “I know how Archaeologists work and what they use as evidence. Same goes for Paleontologists”

    Thanks, I really like your humbleness in a world where almost everyone is assumed to be an expert.
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    Not only in genealogical studies but in many other fields, Sri Lankans do not allow real experts to do their work. You can see the “economic recovery related topics” on the TV screens, what the journalists are broadcasting/telecasting, many of them have absolutely no qualification to do so.
    Most of their panelists in their weekly discussions are just graduates that are not updated enough.

    Some MLTs (Medical Laboratory Technicians) become pre-medical specialists for the needy patients of Ceylon society for commercial reasons. I went to an MLT once (it was in 2016 or so), and he started challenging me about modern DNA testing ( I have studied genetics for my basic degree courses), not even knowing the sensitivity of some of the methods.

    If you today live in the country of the Central Province, I have no doubt that you are already aware of it. You can make up your mind that it is the “developing world”. But having spent my first two decades in Sri Lanka,

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      Dear leelagemalli,
      Thank you for the opportunity you have opened for me to vent my anger, fury may be a better word, at some of the equally detestable assessments some Tamil experts make. They are frogs in the well.

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        Drae LM; “Economic Recovery related topics”.

        Here are some related topics: (1) Inflation dropped down to “0.9%” compared to “5%” of Singapore. (2) Interest rates brought down to 9.5″ from 10 to 12% (3) Unemployment dropped down to 7% (4) Petrol prices down again from today. (5) Tourist arrivals surpassed 2 million (6) Foreign Remittances rose to 460 million. (7) Export Earnings rose sharply compared to 2023. (8) Foreign Reserves rose to 3 billion, nearing 4 billion.(9) The Dollar rate is below Rs. 300.00 (10) The price of eggs is now at Rs. 36.00 compared to Rs. 48 to 50 a month ago. (11) Free meals to school children in Primary classes. (12) Twenty (20) kilos of rice free to needy families.(13) A kilo of “Nadu” Rs. 120.00 and “Kiri Samba” at Rs. 320.00.

        Today I am at Weligama, helping my friend to rent “Sccoties” and “Three Wheleras” to ever-demanding Tourists now migrating to “Arugam Bay” in the east.

        Those “Journalists” are clueless and talk “BS”. Hail Thee Ranil.

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          Douglas Mahaththayo,,, (your JVP lead TILVIN is used ot address Mahinda yet today like that ?).
          .
          No doubt, you have lot more to share than I do because you live in that hell forever. I only lived their early my life (2 decades).
          I was also in Weligama last November on my heading to Mirissa and Unawatuna. Some expressed me that people are somewhat aggressive than any other parts of the country, is not that so ? That can also be subjective ?
          As I feel the area is landscapewise nice, I thought it to be the location for our ” THANAKOLA SMOOTHIE/poridge DISTRIBUTION project” in next summer. I also had the chance to pay a visit to MADOLDUWA last time, but nothing is developed for the visitors in that place. Devil-hit appearaences were left behind. That is good old srilanka where people obstruct to do any good projects.
          I also have some 89-92 Insurgency victims in that areas where they always stare at me with tears in their glassy eyes, not being able to utter a single word about what happened to their missing sons in my age. They dont even give me a sign of knowing me either, but “stand still” behavioiur in front of me, is what i observe each time.
          My heart felt with grief always keep me in my own world, not being able to serve them with the justice. That is unfortunately the motherland we were all born to.

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      LM,
      I think you are in the wrong bus…🙂

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    “Economic Recovery”

    Do you call this an economic recovery? ……. Wonder what a real economic recovery looks like!

    It don’t mean a thing if the freeloaders Ranil and his buddies have all the food ……. and the majority of the hardworking toiling poor – and their children – who contribute to the economy the most, go hungry.

    It don’t mean a thing …….. unless the entrenched undeserved privileges and associated corruption isn’t gotten rid of.


    What good is an economy
    If it can’t sustain the workers who contribute to it

    What good is melody, what good is music
    If it ain’t possessin’ something sweet?
    Nah, it ain’t the melody and it ain’t the music
    There’s something else that makes this tune complete

    Yes, it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing
    Well, it don’t mean a thing, all you got to do is sing
    It makes no difference if it’s sweet or hot
    Just give that rhythm everything you got

    Yes, it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing
    It don’t mean a thing, don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, boy
    I said, it don’t mean a thing, and all you gotta do is sing like
    Nah, it makes no difference if it’s sweet or hot
    Just give that rhythm everything you got
    Don’t mean a thing, boy, if it ain’t that a swing

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      NF and all,
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      From where we were 2 years ago, when Gotha’s destructive plans drove the nation to the brink, today the economy has recovered somewhat. Of course, people cannot expect all miracles in 18 months.

      If one does not accept that, he or she must be a sick person.
      Neither Ranil nor anyone can do a miracle of making the bankrupt country Singapore in 2 years. But today no innocent people will die without gas for cooking without fuel for their vehicles and without essentials.
      There is no delay in ships at Colombo port, the government is unable to pay their dues.

      Foreign exchange reserves have now improved
      Tourism is booming across the country.
      Alone Within these 3 months, 6 00 000 tourist arrivals for 2024. If it would work well, it will be like 2 millions by the year end…
      Aren’t these quite positive achievements compared to Lebanon and Greece?
      Why can’t our people see it positively?
      How can an unemployed, inexperienced AKD or PUTHANO create MIRACLES ?

      Isn’t it similar to Gotabaya episode 2? Good luck to srilanka !!!!

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        The order of the ladder (srilanken politics)
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        MP
        Minister of State
        Minister
        Leader of the Opposition
        Then become the leader of the nation

        It’s all about experience. At that time CBK asked the sons to mature through years of experience and the pompous puthano broke away from UNP and formed “SJB”. It shouldn’t have happened. Today, almost everyone is pointing fingers at the sons.
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        If someone does not have experience in that ladder from bottom to top, such individuals, will not succeed.
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        Gotabaya Rajapaksa taught a lesson to all
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        Does AKD come with experience ?
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        What about PUTHANO ?

        Voters should decide

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          LM,
          “MP
          Minister of State
          Minister
          Leader of the Opposition
          Then become the leader of the nation

          You forgot PS members and PC members.

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          Dear LM: ” What about PUTHANO? Yes……Yes, much experience to talk about.

          Sit under a tamarind tree and interview candidates for jobs from Hambantota. He sets the jobs as follows:

          (1) USA NAM SECURITY -(If tall a security job) (2) MITI NAM KAMKARU -( If short labor)

          A little more experience is needed to assess what he would offer to “FAT” and “LEAN”. Ideal man to solve the unemployment problem.

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        Leela,
        Your comparision is with Gota’s time plans and policies of two years and every one accept that Gota is a worst leader but the real collapse of the economy is not only happened not only because of that period but it has an accumulated outcome of the national policies by SLFP(SLPP) and UNP (SJB) for the past seven decades. We are talking of recovery but we don’t talk about the debt to be paid. Can you give us what is the total debt now and then? What is the cost of living now and then? Why do you compare Lebanon and Sri Lanka? Why don’t you compare with Sri Lanka and Singapore or Malaysia or Bangladesh or India or China? Ranil did not do anything but it is USA.

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          Ajith,
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          It is true that Gota’s time was not the only time that destroyed the economy. Going back 15 years, Mahendra Rajapaks’s wasteful rule has accumulated various debt surpluses from many countries. Do you remember that day?

          Similar to some stupid extravaganzas carried out by Premadasa (Gamudawa or other exhibitions), how many plane loads of their men (200-300) brought to US and Italy in those days? All these caused the bankrupsy of SRILANKEN airlline.
          :
          And during Gota’s reign, Mara and his murderous wife and that murderous son, Yoshitha, went on a foreign trip to Bolonge/Italy in 2020, wasting a lot of public money. To that time, even school children were clear the mountains of debts created by his previous terms… nevertheless, they continued their luxury on the cost of tax payers… heartless leaders…r eally. nto even tribal leaders in far poor Malawi or any other smilar countries would ever act like that, but MAHENDRA RAJAAKSHE did it.
          I don’t know what happened to Mara Bally’s son who had to spend such a large amount of debt again. My friends in Italy (they are Italian clinical scientists) told me very clearly that MaRa and his family rented a presidential suite in a very expensive hotel.

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            Please keep attacking the Rajapaksas, and all such scum.
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            However, I hope that you will start appreciating the goodness of the NPP.

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            I remember everything Rajapaksa family did to the country but we also should not forget Bond scam by Ranil and Ranil is the one still a good friend of Rajapaksas rather than enemy of Rajapaksas. It is Rajapaksas who gave the power to Ranil, not the people. Why Ranil is afraid of People instead Rajapaksas?

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              Please logical and unbiased readers,,
              Listen to Sunil Handunetti in this video.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T87tbX5GkDE

              In the 3th Min he say – ……. srilanken airlines was earning profits also in 2018. He should prove…. what an irresponsible speaker ? This is how they distort the truths….. people will not believe these barking dogs further.

              He says that Sri Lankans will benefit in 2018. The truth is that when the good governance government is appointed, it is a bankrupt institution. Why is Sunil distorting the truth?

              What a graduate in economics ?

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              Ajith please wake up !

              Truth has no place in Sri Lankan society and people are taken for a ride again and again. Goebells theories make the public fake perception. People’s mood is controlled by naivety and their SB mentality not giving chance to the truths and facts. .

              A big mess in Sri Lankan society. It is infected to everywhere.
              .
              This has been explained by some leading academics and journalists and the media fraudsters in Sri Lanka today do not care it yet though.
              .
              They are against CBK and RW from the beginning. It was against their traditional families more than anything else. Rajapakshe are notborn to WALAWWA, but they fought for a FAKE walawwa status, by fooling the majority of SINHALA buddhists:::: please do your homework before coming to judgements.
              .
              TBC

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                cont.

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                This is what the nation of investigative journalists should do.

                That is why the country was dragged to the situation we are facing today. It is ranked far below Bangladesh today. We should be ashamed of it.

                CBK was the only leader who came up with pro-federal plans: But because of some communal issues, draft was torn up in Parliament itself. The country is full of racists rather than people who care about education. Also today there are 30% or more people who believe in Rajapaksa who publicly looted the last cent of the state.
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                Btw the bond scam was first introduced by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Vandibattaya Cabral. Former President Sorisena, who is struggling to survive today, explained it.

                Any rational thinker would argue that if the bond scam was perpetrated by a Singaporean, it would not be easy to get away with it. It was put in RW to Mlechcha Rajapakshes escape tactics. I know it well, SINAPORE law and order is stronger than Germany.

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                  Who appointed Singaperean as Central Bank director? Is it Rajapaksa or Ranil?
                  Why Ranil is still not taken action against Rajapaksas and Cabrals?

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    “A new constitution eschewing ethnocratic majoritarianism and embracing secular democracy should be the cornerstone of that manifesto.”
    It is very tricky for NPP to talk about secular country;power sharing with the Provincial councils; minority rights etc etc as this will be used by the opponents to drive away the voters from AKD.
    I want AKD to PROMISE that he will bring the Law & Order in the ISLE and make sure NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW & also promise to ABOLISH Parliamentarians + ex PMs&Presidents PENSION BENEFITS ,housing benefits etc

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      Naman: “Does AKD come with experience?” asked LM in a comment.

      Can you answer Leelage Malli?

      I believe AKD must leave JVP/NPP and join the “CLUB” and become a Minister. Then AKD will gain much-needed PRACTICAL & TACTICAL experience in corruption. Perhaps he must be the Minister of Agriculture and order a consignment of fertilizer (mostly GOO POHURA) and cut a check for a few million and know how tastefully it is to rob the State coffers. Till that experience is gained he is UNFIT to be the President. Any thoughts?

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        Douglas and Dreaming NPP supporters,
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        I would like to know what the NPP will do to wondermake the future government. would they be coming with ” aladin’s wonder making lamp” ?

        I always repeat how they will ever pay the debts left by the Rajapakse-mismanagements.
        Some accuse that Ranil’s government took more loans to settle the previous debt. what other alternatives do lanken govts or any such poor countries have ? It should be clear to everyone that any government, even the powerfulJapanese, will have to borrow more to cover their previous debts if the country’s export and import balance is no longer helpful.
        .
        But everyone knows that the current government has celebrated Independence Day gracefully and fairly even though there were no extra provisions. They have won the hearts and minds of internatinoal community which was not that the case by any of Rajapakshe govts.

        tbc

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          cont.
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          Those nitwits attacked the President for wasting money on the President’s foreign trips, but the people knew that the delegation was tinier than usual.

          Ironically, when Rajapaksa was honeymooning in NY with 300 his people to US House meetings, those idiots behaved like crocodiles fed on clay.They did not utter a single word against. Nor did lanken biased media anything against … so not only political crooks but people should be blamed for their indifferent behaviours.
          Even though people were made into eternal fools then, Sinhala supremacy was cemented in their conditioned mind.
          And only if Duterte or similar leaders act through genocides, corruption can be eradicated because not only politicians but people are more or less corrupted.
          Apart from this, there is no way to provide some kind of relief to the starving people to uplift their daily life. NPPrs have no whatsoever ” plans” how they would act in a future govt….. if there is a blue-print or something similar to that… Douglas or the like diehard supproters should share it with us without delay. That way we could change our mind for the good of the very people. I am very pessimistic about the abilities of NPP men… however this can change with the time, if they would make wonders in winning the hearts and minds of more voters in the future.

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        Dear Douglas,
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        Brilliant, as always
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        Anura has done all that could be expected of him. See this:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1-RW6h7d4
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        Unprincipled opposition will always be there. At the end of the interview, at 13.29 the interviewer asks whether he begs forgiveness (“samava illanawa“) – he says “definitely” (anivarayen). If that is not a forthright apology, I don’t know what is.
        .
        Yet, the unscrupulous will twist and turn.
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        But be careful how you use sarcasm. It may be made out that you are advocating that AKD should be a traitor like your Galle guy, Manusha Nanayakkara.

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    Irrespective of the fact that the IMF deal is finalized with the debt restructuring and tax revisions, the General and Presidential elections must be held on or before the due dates. Only one thing that would bring this to fruition would be for all political opposition parties to openly state that in case any of the elections are postponed or cancelled without being held on the due date, they would bring the entire SL voters to the street and block all the roads indefinitely all over the country. Only this would teach Basil, Ranil and Mahinda group. To this effect, all opposition parties should sign a memorandum immediately.

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    Douglas ,

    Without solid outside shady support , nobody will form a government in the
    country and JVP / NPP no exception . This will mean that the punishments
    that JVP / NPP goes round telling the crowds , may or may not take place
    depending on the outside pressure to protect the corrupt . The best experience
    so far known to the public about them is , 1971 and 1989 and today their main
    crowd pulling tactic is , Punishing The Wrong Doers . From Chandrika to Ranil
    came for the same job and when these guys now singing the same song , what
    different experience is expected from them ? Nevertheless , to mete out
    punishments , they don’t need more experience than now !

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      Dear whywhy,

      Obviously, the criminals have to be punished as a deterrent, but it is much more important to recover the stolen wealth.
      .
      Punishment will not be as an act of revenge – I think that I know the NPP well enough to vouch for the compassion that they will show even for the worst sinners.
      .
      But there really is no need to be extra kind to these criminals; rather think of the suffering imposed on all citizens of this country.

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        S M ,

        Hi SM , Let us take it one by one .

        1 . Recovering Stolen Wealth means , Catching the Thief and the Loot .

        2 . English is a language that is fast Evolving . Even in sports ,
        successful counter attack over one’s opponent is called Revenge .
        And please S M , don’t try to tell me about their compassion , Two
        Front line leaders on two occasions badly let me down even
        before knowing the subject matter . I don’t care and they don’t
        care too ! But the difference is , I don’t promise anything to anyone
        but them ?
        3 . Your fifth line has nothing to do with my comments . Nobody
        begs for kindness for criminals . Thanks for your reply .

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