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Ranil, Man For A Crisis Or The Crisis Itself 

By Vishwamithra

“Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.” ~ Andrew Marvell

Ranil Wickremesinghe was not elected as President. When he contested at the last General Elections in 2020, he could not get even one single member elected to Parliament from his Party. The United National Party (UNP), of which he is the leader, suffered the most humiliating defeat at the last General Elections. Not a single. The Rajapaksas achieved what SWRD Bandaranaike could not in 1956. When JR Jayewardene, the so-called brains behind the UNP at that time, was defeated by his nemesis RG Senanayake in the ’56 General Elections, the UNP managing to secure just eight (8) meager seats, everyone thought that the Grand Old Party (GOP) was dead. In fact, RG Senanayake crowed: ‘in the process of trying to extract a tooth, the patient died’. The last nail of the coffin was hammered down, so they thought. 

A brand new sociopolitical reality was coming into being. With the dawn 1956, an era of the ‘common man’ began. An expectant electorate rose from its lazy, apathetic meandering. Life in all aspects of sociocultural context started another lap of a journey of which its tardy arrival was long overdue. In certain aspects of rural life in the country, a new awakening gave rise to new hopes, new realities and new life. 

Medium of instruction in schools and government service was changed to Sinhalese. Thus was created a most deceptive ‘Sinhala-only in 24 hours’ slogan that in turn created an illusory and yet all-enveloping cocoon that engulfed a dangerously misleading stage of a thoroughly forgettable chapter in a nation’s life. Politics became an indispensible aspect that was exploited by its practitioners to the hilt. Politicians who had no business in managing affairs of the State were all of a sudden made integral parts of the average life of the average man and woman and child. 

Civil Service, once the pinnacle of an ambitious government servant was opened to criticism and interference by politicians who could not understand the intricacies of the orderly flow of getting things done in a logical and systematic fashion. While ‘Sinhala only policy loaned recognition and respect to the indigenous population, the interest they had to pay was enormous in the long run. The adverse consequences are still being felt. Willfully sidelining the Tamil population made a lasting impact on the national conversation; its uses and abuses exceeded the norms and ultimately ended up in a brutal twenty seven year war that claimed many lives on both sides.

Apart from the material cost of war such as lives lost and structures destroyed,  the sociocultural fissures and cracks that developed as natural consequences of the ‘Sinhala only’ policy continued to be open and ever-widening, making trust and confidence among communities, once broken, never to be reconciled nor repaired. A nation that was once noted for its united-family of diverse offspring became an utterly disunited, dysfunctional, flawed and debilitated flock of individuals pursuing their own selfish goals. 

The governments that succeeded SWRD’s ’56-revolution were no better; they did not do much to restore the unity among the communities; when they tried, the insidious ambitions of politicians interfered with any commonsensical approaches attempted by more farsighted leaders. Such serious symptoms of an existing ailment were being displayed before the public in broad daylight. Tearing apart of the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam Pact of 1957 and later Dudley Senanayake-Chelvanayakam Agreement in 1965 are examples of the reprehensible fashion our Sinhalese leaders conducted themselves during those crisis-times.

Ever being keen disciples of the fairytales of the Mahavansa (The Great Chronicle), our leaders were in every decisive juncture of national significance dropped the proverbial ball except on one single occasion when, under the direct threat of Indian influence, with their armies directly pointing their war machines against Sri Lanka, J R Jayewardene implemented the 13th Amendment. Whether the motives behind its implementation were genuine or purely as a matter of political expediency, today the Thirteenth Amendment stands as the solitary consolation extended towards our brothers and sisters in the North and East. History has recorded nothing prior to or after the said amendment to our Constitution or any reconciliatory measure adopted by the Sinhalese-dominated central government in Sri Lanka.

In an erudite column dated Thursday, 17 November 2022, in Daily FT, Dayan Jayatilleke writes thus: ‘Tamil politics has been governed by a priori principles rather than a shrewd sense of time and place. Mainstream Tamil nationalism has tended to go with the Southern leader or party which offered them the most, rather than the ones who could actually deliver the most, which may have been significantly more modest than the empty promises of the higher bidder. No agreement between President Wickremesinghe and the Tamil politicians can stick in a context of economic contraction, austerity and polarizing economic policies’. Dayan couldn’t have been more correct. Identifying the neediest segments of the North and the South is as crucial and critical in the final offers that the Southern leaders could extend to our Tamil brethren. 

Narrowing the problem down to one of fundamental issue, one of economic rather than cultural or sociopolitical has long been proven right by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and their dialectical analysis of the historical processes of civilizations. Yet more often than not, the solutions offered by those who engineered the dictatorship of the proletariat have been proven dead wrong or too one-sided as was shown in the development and collapse of the Soviet Union. Societal development is going through a phase in which the crude, self-centered and diabolical stakeholders of the collective economy is holding many a country to ransom in this maddeningly deceptive implementation of the current socioeconomic policies, all contributing to the fattening of profits and share prices.

Unfortunately for Sri Lanka and its current President Ranil Wickremesinghe, he arrived at the helm when these global currents were already or on the verge of swallowing the whole country and its faltering economy. In order to facilitate this cruel act, the private sector players who had mastered the mechanics of this brutal economic reality had identified the first step- making the politicians who legislate and execute the very policies that act as the basic architects of this punishing process. 

From whichever assembly it rises, whether from Parliament or the President’s Secretariat, the system is in place to exploit the most susceptible and benefit the wealthiest. Ranil Wickremesinghe, caught in the midst of this mindless cycle, instead of applying brakes or making an about turn, has chosen to worsen the crisis by creating another, more painful crisis by trying to silence those who saw the light of day during the Aragalaya days.

That is why, instead of becoming an answer to the crisis, Ranil became another crisis altogether in its most elusive and deceptive form. He decided to take those who are not content with Band-Aid solutions into custody in the most arbitrary of techniques. The crisis did not evaporate; nor did it come to the top and explode. The crisis, which had already assumed its own identity and characteristics, had gone under the ashes and is hiding beneath as ember. What’s visible to the naked eye is only the ash which is often recognized as dead and gone. What’s simmering beneath that ash is much more dangerous and could be totally out of control once the time arrives for the ember to inflame itself. 

It’s not too late for President Wickremesinghe to take a step backwards. He should be made aware that his tenure is quite secure, at least for the next two and half years. Introspection is not a dangerous pastime. It could be very self-satisfying for a man of Ranil’s stature, given the pedigree, both politically and socially, to indulge in a wise and intellectual voyage of self-discovery. Therefore, this forlorn appeal to Ranil Wickremasinghe, as one of his most ardent critics, is a sincere one. Make your move in the right direction; make it count in all earnestness and put all what you have learnt under the tutelage of men such as Dudley Senanayake and JR Jayewardene to good use.

To feel humble and be in need of genuine advice and guidance is no weakness. On the contrary, it is the strong that seek advice and guidance because it tells the world that you are after all human and worthy of being advised and guided. Be an answer to the crisis rather than the crisis itself. 

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com                     

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    Ranil’s political ambitions have destroyed this country.

    Ranil is not acceptable to the people.The Rajapaksa family, Sirisena, SF even Sajith exploit this fact and emerge as leaders. If the UNP had a good leader none of them would be considered.

    The UNP was made into a dictatorship by the Ranil constitution which made him virtually leader for life.Ranil made the UNP into a morally perverted organisation controlled by old Royalists and alienated Colombo wheeler-dealers. In this 21 century you cannot have a national organisation like this. Imagine Vajira as a President of the once venerable UNP !

    The unelected President ranil claimed that the people now support him because he was the first to say that we should ask the IMF to come to assist us ! ( Yes , our well informed people think like this !!! ) He is just trying to fool his family members that he is popular !

    Any way now 6 months have gone, where is the IMF ?

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      DP,
      I really don’t know what’s going through your little head. Either you support Rajapakse or some other force in this country.

      The whole nation knows that Rajapaksa led groups have brought this nation to a precipice. If you are not clear, you need to ask it from your barber. Perhaps, that could help you the kind of low lives. Whenever I read yours, WHAT instantly comes my mind is that “mahinda KANADAGAMA” who was dipped in baira lake on very boxing day. The kind of slalves would never change their nature.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuecswIgJEI
      .
      As everyone who has any sense rightly sees it, the most important and foremost thing is to take quick steps to get out of the pit into which we have fallen.

      If the shrinking economy cannot be revived, it is inevitable that the people who fall into the frying pan will burn for survival. It is like a patient stuck in the intensive care unit but the doctors are struggling to find the right way to save his life.

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      deepthi silva

      “Ranil’s political ambitions have destroyed this country.”

      You got the name confused.
      May be with your age comes state of confusion.
      Pick the name best fit your assumptions from the list below:

      D. S. Senanayake
      Dudley Senanayake
      Sir John Kotelawala
      S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
      Wijeyananda Dahanayake
      Sirimavo Bandaranaike
      Junius Richard Jayewardene
      Ranasinghe Premadasa
      Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
      Ranil Wickremesinghe
      Chandrika Kumaratunga
      Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
      Mahinda Rajapaksa
      Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
      D. M. Jayaratne
      Dinesh Gunawardena
      Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke
      William Gopallawa
      Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
      Maithripala Sirisena
      Gotabaya Rajapaksa

      “Any way now 6 months have gone, where is the IMF ?”

      Have you had the time or the opportunity to ask your Single handed president Gota?

      “Imagine Vajira as a President of the once venerable UNP !”

      Venerable – Accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character.

      “The Rajapaksa family, Sirisena, SF even Sajith exploit this fact and emerge as leaders. If the UNP had a good leader none of them would be considered.”

      If Rajapaksas were good leaders Mahinda would not have lost elections in 2015 and Gota would not have been driven out of the country and Mahinda would not have been evicted.

      Do you read news papers or watch news on Sri Lanka?

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        Leela and vedda have you noticed I never respond to your comments , I cannot talk to lunatics. Let us wait for the next election-the serial loser will get wiped out.

        Leela( alias OC) I like your big head. (t is admirable compared to my small head, are you having some problem ?

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          deepthi Desperate silva

          ” I cannot talk to lunatics.”

          We can and we do.
          Isn’t it why we always responded to almost all your typing.

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          DIMWIT DS
          i usually dont waste my precious time for stupid men and women. But in this context,I THOUGHT it is worth mentioning the below.
          I think Deepti Silva should be Joker Lester in his reincarnation. Now there is no one who licks Rajapaksa’s balls yet in CT forum. However, there are boys and girls who make every effort to save face by disguising themselves as others. Some may need to go through “plastic surgery” to save their souls. Alas, pro-RAJAPAKSHES are in extinction.

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          deepthi Desperate silva

          It appears as if Ranil wants to seriously find a solution for ethnic problem yesterday. He raised the question in the Parliament hoping to find consensus among the people who present in the house.

          The usual racist Dinesh dismissed Ranils request with a innocent smile.
          Chana Jayasumana member of Parliament said “President Ranil Wickremesighe should seek a fresh mandate if he wants to make fresh policy decisions with regard to security or any other matter,”.

          The weeping Weerasekera said “We will not allow devolution of powers”.

          Aren’t they all talking the same language?
          I haven’t seen or read any news about Wimal Changlik Karuppan Weerasekera’s utterances.

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            Dear NV,
            .
            The ultimate idiot named Jayasumana, who emerged through Rajapaksa’s support, is revealed. Even if this man wrote a treatise, following asanic gods is beyond me. STUPID gota might have been misled by the kind of fake prefix, titles wearers.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv9vvgCra58

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              leelagemalli

              Thanks for the link I have watched 25 Minutes of the youtube discussion.
              I will listen to the rest when I have time.
              Tudor Weerasinghe wants to know the idea of God, basically what is it?
              It appears the worst crooks believe in God.
              Thanks again.

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                NV,
                Thank you.Why I added my previous comment, after having studied in depth about so called viyathmaga man Jayasumana”. Looking back, gota s untergang is clearly explainable if you would please continue your search about the man or the like other VIYATHTHU.
                I know several researchers who have published on GLYPHOSATE research. It took long them to stand against GLYPOSATE. Jayasumana arose out of several loosely interpreted publications on kidney diseases unknown in Rajarata and similar areas of Sri Lanka. Special Biozid is essential for farming in developed countries. Water analysis and inclusion of permissible amounts of hazardous elements. Heavy metals in water bodies are regularly controlled by their water treatment authorities. I know them well in Germany.
                However, regular water analysis is not possible in developing countries. Therefore, not only due to glyphosate, but also because of excessive use of agrochemicals of various nature, kidney damage occurs in farmers. However, this was misinterpreted within srilanka for making their images as politicians. I wonder why other chemists stay mum not having stood against JAYASUMANA or the like jokers.

  • 12
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    Ranil, Man For A Crisis Or The Crisis Itself
    Do roses have thorns or do thorns have roses?

    He did not come in people power Aragala paved way to him first having supported and then suppressing the Aragala to show Rajapashes that I did what you cannot do and reflect him as

    Roses have thorn. and it is a sharp. People embraced roses but turn to thorn.

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    “It could be very self-satisfying for a man of Ranil’s stature, given the pedigree, both politically and socially, to indulge in a wise and intellectual voyage of self-discovery. Therefore, this forlorn appeal to Ranil Wickremasinghe, as one of his most ardent critics, is a sincere one. Make your move in the right direction; make it count in all earnestness and put all you have learned under the tutelage of men such as Dudley Senanayake and JR Jayewardene to good use.” Well said! As the writer notes, Ranil has the experience to guide the country to a safe harbor subject to the writer’s proviso. It is certainly more likely under him than the leaders who are yelling from the rooftops criticizing everything on earth, and offering no solutions or plans for the grave issues facing the nation. Their Mantra is if they are at the helm, they will solve Sri Lanka’s problems overnight!

  • 4
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    Ranil is the crisis as his solution to the protests is inhuman according to the whole world. He had such a wonderful opportunity at the outset to act with compassion towards students, call them for a meeting and discuss and inform them his political solutions which also could have been flexible so students felt secure. All the lacks should have been attended to promptly as we have enough national wealth to feed our people. He has to do something to keep robber family away from touching finances or else bankruptcy will continue.

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    Ranil W if he is a really smart person, he should dissolve the Parliament early next year at the time the constitution allows him to do so. This will allow the citizens of SL to select only the uncorrupted able Candidates to contest the Parliamentary election.
    It is really sad to see the rats that were hiding in may/june of this year are all out and enjoying life.

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      Dear Naman,
      First things first. Finding sustainable solutions to uplift the economy is the need of the hour. Many do not take this seriously as they fall victim to criminals and opportunists. Once there is some stability in the economy, they can think about dissolving the parliament. Also holding elections will not do much for Sri Lankans. By and large people are like deaf and blind.
      They ( i mean the majority of the island nation) have not the slightest knowledge of the value of franchise. Opinion polls confirm that the people are still in the grip of power-hungry Rajapakse rascals.
      This is not about the illiterate people but even about the entire graduates misusing their votes in the elections. This goes in circles. The result is the same over and over again. 2015, 2020 and 2023 are the same.
      Look at how 2020 worked.. Many people thought that JVP would be given more than a dozen seats in Parliament. The Janata Vimukthi Peramuna is also not doing enough to convince the people. Their public speeches are simply for the enjoyment of the crowd. Killing time with their stupid theories. In any case, it is the big criminals like Aluthgamage, Johnston, Rohitha and Namal who are coming back to Parliament.

      tbc

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        cont.
        These people should be put in jail forever. Both our hell people and candidates are ultra stupid. They would attack you, if you would ask you to do things right.
        The election commissioner is being hijacked as if the courts were working on Rajapakse’s demands. Basil Rajapaksa who is highly regarded by the people of this country, but it happened… the media is in the hands of Rajapaksa criminals. The scenes were similar to those from North Korea. Those low-level men and women are trained to be acknowledged, applauded and kissed for whatever crimes they commit in broad daylight.
        .
        Therefore, ANY election AND its result would not change. If COVID or any other disasters killed half the nation, things will definitely change for the betterment of the youth. Even youth that run youtube channels deliberately spread SORCERY and witchery for their survivial. However, they dont care little enough thinking the destruction their social media videos impact.
        Today we see the people who were punished in Baira Lake still roaming around with the Rajapaksas and their agendas. So what can any sane person expect from the Sri Lankan voter?

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    Vishwamithra,

    You quote DJ:
    “Mainstream Tamil nationalism has tended to go with the Southern leader or party which offered them the most, rather than the ones who could actually deliver the most, which may have been significantly more modest than the empty promises of the higher bidder.”

    One doesn’t make deals with a war criminal/murderer who has tortured and killed his/her family, no matter what the criminal can deliver after the murder. Pakistanis may have a custom of taking blood money and publicly forgiving the murderers, but no such custom exists among Tamils. As a matter of election strategy, the TNA once made an exception to vote for Sarath Fonseka. But on the whole, there is no interest in making deals with alleged war criminals, and if the TNA were to do so, the people would vote against them. When a party is avowedly Sinhala nationalist in character, there is not even a minimal alignment of values. The TNA operates within these constraints though they have been let down time and again by the leaders they trusted.

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      “The TNA operates within these constraints though they have been let down time and again by the leaders they trusted.”
      Couldn’t disagree, and will add that the TNA has made an art of it and has done it so regularly.
      Likewise they trust the US, India, EU and UK and go on regular pilgrimage to Geneva to dupe their voters, who do not seem any the wiser than their southern counterparts.

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        SJ,

        You should offer constructive suggestions for the people and the TNA to follow, not just criticism.

        I think you previously said that the solution lies in grassroots non-parliamentary politics.

        Has anything come of it?

        Any real progress beyond some fancy notion of Marxist revolution, or trusting China?

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          Agnos
          -.
          “You should offer constructive suggestions for the people and the TNA to follow, not just criticism.”

          Come on what do you expect from persons who have pawned their brains at Mao’s Magic Shop?

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          All constructive comments over the years have fallen on deaf years.
          The only constructive suggestion left is: “Give up and go, after screwing up things for 7 decades”.
          *
          I say what I mean and stand by it.
          Kindly state in my own words what exactly my fancy notion is, and I may try answering you.
          *
          I know that it is hard on loyalists of imperialism to find the US getting badly screwed up in Latin America— so badly that it begs Venezuela’s Maduro to help sort out its fuel crisis.
          *
          Let me cheer you up.
          How is the weather where you are these days?
          Unlike the US economy it will be better in a matter of moths.

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            SJ,

            You are not taken seriously by anyone because you repeat lies and propaganda by Putin, the Russians, and the Chinese. Your knee-jerk defense of a criminal megalomaniac like Putin has revealed the deep rot in your mind.

            It is the Russian and Chinese aggressions that most people and countries worry about, not the consequences of America having the largest economy and the most powerful military in the world. And you are laboring under some grave misconception — no American citizen I interact with is worried about paying $3.5 – $4.0 per gallon of gasoline (up from $2.5–$3.0 before the Russian aggression against Ukraine). Indeed, they are happy to share the burden of defending Europe from a fascist megalomaniac.

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              If I am not taken seriously, why are you being the exception?
              *
              Nobody has specifically accused me of telling a lie here. But there is always a desperate joker who will make some sweeping allegation.
              *
              Just to cheer you up:
              How is US imperialism? When is the next great victory due post-Afghanistan?

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                SJ,

                You may not intentionally lie, but by repeating propaganda as fact — the fake referendum that Russia held in Ukraine, the mistreatment of Uighurs, in your acceptance of globalresearch.ca, a well-known Kremlin-sponsored disinformation site, etc.,–you are essentially spreading lies.

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                  A
                  I know that you are desperately clutching at straws.
                  Cite me for any inaccuracy instead of shooting in the dark.
                  *
                  When you repeatedly and irrationally accuse others of lying, it eventually makes you what you accuse others of being.
                  *
                  Take a break, have a Kit Kat.

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                  Agnos

                  “you are essentially spreading lies.”

                  He has been defending and justifying not only Soviet Union, Stalin, Russia, China, Pol Pot, …. Abimael Guzmán but also sadly Banda and his Weeping wise.

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        “Likewise they trust the US, India, EU and UK and go on regular pilgrimage to Geneva to dupe their voters, who do not seem any the wiser than their southern counterparts.”

        I suppose instead they should travel to China, North Korea, ….. worship Chinese leaders of past and present (dictators, cult leaders,…) …. People always wondered why Chinese lackeys never questioned China’s role during the war and after. It is because they believe China and leaders could make no mistake. Even as recently as in September Sri Lanka’s neighbour the China’s Ambassador to UNHRC defended Sri Lanka’s human rights violations.

        Let those pilgrims do what they want to do worship whom they want to worship while China’s lackeys should have a word with their neighbours about their unconditional support to protect murderers, rapist, thieves, …racists ..

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          NV
          Have you found your doctor?
          Take care.
          Best wishes.

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            No doctor in the room?
            Do not give up hope.

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    How can this nation let the Leaders of Aragalya suffer in silence behind bars under the insane PTA just gazing at the walls while the plunderers of the nation having a gala time? Are there any morals still remaining?

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    Why is the Government of Srilanka not implementing in FULL the provisions of the 13TH AMENDMENT?
    Instead of beating about the bush talking in terms of Decentralisation as opposed to Devolution………………….

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      Plato

      Did you notice when Ranil sought the house support for all party discussion on subject of ” devolution of power” the paranoid Dinersh the doomsayer just smiled and not responded.

      Well when you have Dinesh as Prime minister you don’t need enemies. However failed Mahinda would like the stupid people to believe ” An international force is behind Sri Lanka’s economy and this force is still active”

      Who has the …..s to let him know there has never been an international conspiracy against this island. His recent claim is part of intermittent sloganeering by those who are engaged in competitive racist politics.

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      PLATO,
      .
      Answer is HYPOCRISY.

      I dont know about current govt, but hitherto govts.

      Look at the mimics of MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE, at the time, RW questioned about he agrees to go beyond 13 A and plus …….

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    The Indian Government should not have proposed the 13th Amendment in order to create the provincial councils. They should have suggested Federalism for the North and East of SL. Basically the Sinhala Buddhists are the cause of the present SL situation.
    The success of Tamil speaking SL citizens caused jealousy in the Singhalese. This caused the country huge damage from which SL can not come out!

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    Political comment these days on these pages are mostly like an assemblage of a requiem, curses and breast beating (மாரடித்தல்) in Tamil funeral homes, among other such things.
    No purpose is discernible other than a “Send home Ranil” mission.
    *
    Let us accept hard reality.
    RW is there.
    He is manipulating a non-following group of MPs to implement his plans.
    That is commendably unique.
    His mission seems to offer a semblance of economic stability, yet to come.
    Are people serious when they demand of him to resolve the national question, eliminate corruption or establish democracy (of any description)?
    *
    RW will not deliver on their demands including going home.
    Can we then find something else to talk about, if there is nothing worthwhile politically?
    The weather? Quite interesting these days.

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      If someone does something without solving the huge problem of the economy, not a single leader can do more. That is the fact.
      Those tied to the theories are similar to the agenda and will of Gotabhaya who came to make miracles with the backing of all his evil groups. Srilanka is a garbage dump, and not newbies but those who got rotten in that swump can find solutions. Sorry, look at Gota today, he cannot come before the nation today. He is a dog that hid under the bed. Those who put him on top – the post-Turtle situation is obviously quiet today. This is usual operandi of primitive srilanka.

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    both

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    Pls gives chance to Ranil his vision by 2048 we our pride people will be 1st world what China US etc not the crepto currency…it will be Rs dont forget
    We are building strong military force our Ranawirus will deal with global aspects.
    Why our great leaders brought the Sinhala only , they knew it will be a global language. We promote peace and protect Buddhism where troubles are, specifically north and the east so our govnt are working on it.
    Our maka Sangam doing tremendous job so govnt decided to slash their electricity bill for as a gesture

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    The Mahavamsa trotting Buddhist extremists put forward their demands to Banda. He realizing this was a excellent path to power accepted these demands. This was the beginning of the ruination of Ceylon. There is nothing to romanticize about this era. The gradual decline of the Government service into what it is now a cesspit of incompetence and corruption that hampers the very functioning of a government can be laid squarely at the feet of the Bandaranaike’s (SWRD and Sirima). Ranil was the last resort for Gotler to hand over power. He took up what no other politician dared to touch. Now in spite of all the nay Sayers including those who said the budget would fail or bribes of minister-ships to the most unsavory SLPP MPs would be dished out to get the budget passed, it was passed comfortably without any bribes. Ranil’s pedigree is unmatched. He is the president we needed to have but never did due to MRs bribing of the LTTE. Ranil’s knowledge of the history of Ceylon is encyclopedic. He is now well on the way to rescue this country in ways most people still cannot and will not fathom or appreciate.

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      T
      There are others that believe that independence was the ruin. Wonder if there is a purple thumb for them to show up.
      Now a ‘kalla’ is PM and a King is head of state after seven decades, we could ask him to rule over us.
      It is pretty lonely up there, since even Barbados has ditched the British crown.
      The King needs cheering up.

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    A. Man with a gun who says don’t come near me I will shoot is desperate and a coward so is ranil. He is a totally failed politician he will be thrown out by SLPP and the rest very soon. This fellow has almost doubled our debt burden by his greed for power. His house was not burnt down he himself set fire.Slpp will understand their greatest mistake and rectify it soon

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      R
      “…he will be thrown out by SLPP and the rest very soon”— that is a forecast.
      In your next comment below, you plead: “Before it’s too late SLPP has to send ranil home.”
      Shame. Have you lost faith in your prediction so fast?

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    SLPP’s popularity is declining very rapidly ang UNP popularity may increase slightly. Before it’s too late SLPP has to send ranil home. The only opportunity is to defeat the budget. Ranils make shift govt doesn’t have a big majority. Even the budget 2nd reading 18 abstained with 35 more to ranil. If more abstained vote goes to oppression and few from ranil goes ranil will have to go home. That’s why ranil made that speech yesterday but he made a blunder by saying he will not go for an election. If SLPP to survive they will have to vote against budget

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      R
      Any better idea for suicide with a smile on the face?

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    Are the people smarter for not voting for ranil, and ranil is smatter becoming a president without people vote when the election is kept to see who smatter is. no dissolving of parliament means unpopularity with the public. Unbalanced and pave way intrusion from international party due such weakness.

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