2 October, 2022

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Ranil Wickremesinghe: A Pimp Or A Prince?

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Before I write this article, I have a question to ask: Who is the next rent boy? Harsha De Silva? He is beginning to sound like a rent boy.

Well, let’s talk. Some Sri Lankans think Ranil belongs to the cultural elite from a “respectable” family who does not use profanity when he is attacked politically. Yes, he does not use profanity; he just uses thugs like Gonawela Sunil to kill his opponents or beat them senselessly. People who use profanity are the most honest people that I know.

Pimp can be a metaphor, an allegory, a connotation, or a denotation. According to most dictionary definitions, a pimp is a despicable person. When I say Ranil is a pimp, the way you react depends on how sophisticated, nuanced, savvy, asinine, or vulgar you are. I am just a writer and cannot take any credit or blame for your intelligence or stupidity. I do not know about you, but I would not praise any Sri Lankan politician: living, dead, or unborn. If you do not call a political pimp a pimp, then you are a pimp’s pimp. I am not an apologist. When I say Ranil is a political pimp, it is not an a priori statement like “All bachelors are unmarried; it is an a posteriori statement like “It is raining outside now.” Don’t be a pimp to a politician like Rani, Rajapaksas, Sajith, Anura, etc. When you blindly support a politician, you inadvertently become a pimp. Nowadays, pimps are a dime a dozen. If you do not believe me, just check your FB page. It is a universal phenomenon. Stay independent and live with dignity.

Ask yourself, is Ranil a moral, ethical, and virtuous leader? Ranil cannot be the president because people did not elect him; he was selected by his pimps. He has no mandate.

On 09 July 2022, angry Sri Lankans were acting like a violent river that lost control, broke its banks, knocked down trees and buildings, stripped the soil from one place and deposited it somewhere else. It’s recurrent, it’s unavoidable, and it’s unpredictable. It is as unpredictable as a natural disaster, not guided by a benevolent or beneficent hand; it will happen again, soon, and will knock down the parliament.

If Ranil had been an honorable leader, he would have dissolved the parliament in three months and called for elections. Do you think people will elect Ranil as their president? To think that Ranil can bring dollars from the western world is asinine. I will tell you why. When Ranil’s house was burnt down—did Ranil hire people to burn down his own house down—how many world leaders expressed their discontent or sympathy? Zero. What does that tell you? The world leaders know that Ranil is a sleazy character, not a genuine leader, not the savior of Sri Lanka. How many word leaders congratulated Ranil when he was selected? Do you think these same leaders will give free money? Of course, China will give us more loans because when we cannot pay back, they can take all our airports and harbors in a few years.

Look at Ranil’s brainless callipygian cabinet. They have big buttocks, not big brains. Ninety percent of them would not know the answer to a simple math question. If you do not believe me, ask them to divide 2 by 3 without using a calculator and ask them to give their answer instantly. You know very well that these 134 crooks, rapists, pimps, and rent boys cannot stop this violent river. Soon Ranil will make people disappear; soon you will see bodies floating on rivers.

Do you think Ranil’s devious sycophants of murderous pimps can stop people? At the time of the French Revolution, Louis XVI had one of the most powerful armies in the world. Three years later his royal head was lying at the base of a guillotine. His army, gargantuan as it was, could not beat back a united citizenry.

Ordinary people are always deceived by appearances. Where does power come from? Power ultimately comes from those very people who are being deceived. A prince must respect the people; if they hate him, they will get rid of him.

Is it better to be generous or to be miserly? Is it better to be loved or to be feared? Is it better to be cruel or merciful? Is it better to be a fox or a lion? These are Machiavellian questions. Ranil, do not take Machiavelli as your mentor; he was a playwright; his work was probably satire meant to ridicule political pimps like you.

As professor Joan Robinson—a central figure of post-Keynesian economics—said in the early 1960s, Sri Lankans have eaten the fruit before they planted the tree. I disagree with her. It is not the Sri Lankans; it is their corrupt politicians who eat the fruits.

Do you think Ranil and his 134 can handle the greatest economic crisis the country has faced since its independence? Sri Lanka at the time of independence was second only to Japan on most socio-economic indicators in Asia. Experts always say a toxic combination of populist politics and entrenched entitlement culture led to bankruptcy; I think corruption is the main culprit. The key players of the global financial system know about Rajapaksas, Ranil, and the others. They know where these crooks hide all the stolen money. So, do you think western countries are going to give us free money?

If Ranil had been a prince, he would not have done what he did with the central bank when he was in power. How does a prince avoid being hated? Don’t steal the property belonging to his citizens; people value their property more than their family. People sooner forget the death of their parents than the loss of the property inherited from their parents.

Ranil, the common people and your sycophants are always impressed by appearances but only a few have experienced what you really are. A prince always avoids two things: inspiring contempt and being hated. A prince will be hated as if he steals the property of people; he will be despised if he’s fickle, frivolous, and effeminate. A prince must have a clear approach to resolving issues fairly; if a prince has a standing army, he needs to know how to appear compassionate and to have integrity. A prince must surround himself with wise men—not men with firm buttocks, his callipygian cabinet—who can speak the truth to him. A common failing of mankind is never to anticipate a storm when the sea is calm. When things are going well most people think that will continue forever, but the sensible prince makes plans for downturns when things are going well, and this will give him the best chance of survival. But even then, there is one further complication: totally unexpected events like COVID which cannot be foreseen or planned for. People think such totally unexpected events are brought on by gods and goddesses. To abandon our fate to outside forces is to deny our free will. A circumspect or careful man will be best suited.

A prince would lead by example. Imagine Ranil riding a bicycle. Imagine how much money we could save if we were to seize all the vehicles that were given to the politicians and give them all tandem bicycles. So, each member can use a pimp to help him to ride his bicycle to the parliament.

We need a stable government. A republic can change its leaders. It can deploy a Winston Churchill, a fierce war like leader, when it wants and then throw him out and put in a Clement Attlee when it wants a welfare state established.

There is only one way to get out of this predicament, this quagmire. Dissolve the parliament and call for a general election. If you think you are the only person who can solve this problem, let people elect you. Your power and authority come from people. Ranil, if you can do that, you are a prince; otherwise, you are just another political pimp, or for brevity, just a pimp.

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    Dear Dr. Jagath Asoka,
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    Thanks for yet another article that makes the point that is vital for our country:
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    Ranil must “Dissolve the parliament and call for a general election.”
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    That is a simple and straightforward message, although you have got there after meandering through all sorts references which people would find entertaining if they understood all the denotations and connotations. I was surprised to find you describing Machiavelli as a playwright, but then I found this, in Wikipedia (Italian):
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    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_maschere_(Machiavelli)
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    I had read a number of your articles since 2015, but I think that most of us began to ask who this versatile man is after reading this article of yours:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sending-putin-to-america/
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    Most of us have learnt much more about that war since then. We were surprised at how long you’d been in Kharkov.
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    I hope that many more readers will take this man seriously. A lot about him is to be found here:
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    https://jagathasoka.tripod.com/
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    Once elections have been held, we will have a government that will have sufficient standing in the world to get started on rescuing the Economy.
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    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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      I submitted this comment on Monday, the 1st, but something was going wrong with comments that were submitted that day.
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      They “sort of just got swallowed up”, and haven’t appeared since.
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      This happened to about ten comments submitted by me. This particular comment I had saved on my Hard Disk.
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      You have obviously worked very hard on this article; I thought I’d let you know because there may have been a dozen comments by others that were similarly affected.
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      Panini

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        Sinhala_Man,
        Identical experience. Happy it is resolved!

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    Over to those righteous Stupid Lankans who elected mother of all pimps Ranil (in politics since 70 ‘s), mother of all cons Mara (in power for more than 2 decades ) , 134 willing Pros and a sociopath Gotha. They deserve what they wish.

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    “Who is the next rent boy? Harsha De Silva? He is beginning to sound like a rent boy.”
    Jagath is jumping the gun. Harsha is one of the brighter lights in the dim political firmament. Dr.J should save his vituperative language for Sajith, who seems at long last to have decided to go along with a “national government “. Why the devil didn’t he do it two months ago?
    It seems the “Always Late” title must go to Sajith.

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      old codger,
      I am beginning to wonder where ‘old codger’ of old is.
      Do you believe that there is any chance of a “national government “ in Sri Lanka. That is an empty slogan sung to hoodwink lenders / funders.
      The Prime Minister post offered to Sajith was a trap. A division within SLPP was a ploy.
      (Are you afflicted with dementia by any chance.)

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        Nathan,
        I am always consistent. Did you listen to RW’s policy speech yesterday? Just give the guy six months at least.
        Stability is our greatest need. Catching crooks can come later. As China’s Deng said, “It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice”.

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          Nathan,
          Does this sound like something that a Rajapaksa would have said: “Ever since I entered into politics, I wanted to create a society with a Sri Lankan identity without these divisions. To create a nation, where children of one mother can live in harmony. I suffered political defeats due to regular engagement in this exercise. It was criticized by extremists, because of my continued stand against racism and bigotry, some political parties slandered me as a racist.”
          Give him time. Don’t jump the gun.

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            old codger,
            Words, words. What a wonderful world of words. When would Ranil make us believe his world. A gun always make me jump!

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              Nathan,
              Good morning.
              How about a Gear Change and consider or tell us the alternative??
              You think, exchange Ranil W to Sambandan or Sumanthiran or even Shanakiyan of TNA would be solving the issues better??
              Or, what about SLMC or ACTMF or Devananda or Kauna/Pillaiyan would resolve better??
              Please enlighten us why and how??

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                Mahila,
                If you have been following me on CT, you’d answer your question yourself, without having to resort to stupid questions.

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              Nathan,
              “Pimp” and “Prince” are also words.
              At least Ranil doesn’t claim he is here for the Sinhala Buddhists.

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                old codger,
                I’ll give you the ‘Six months’.

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                  Nathan,
                  “I’ll give you the ‘Six months’.”
                  Agreed. I expect it won’t be heaven on earth, but better than Gota’s Hell.

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    (Part I)
    Jagath Asoka,
    Good morning.
    “A prince would lead by example. IMAGINE RANIL RIDING A BICYCLE. Imagine how much money we could save if we were to seize all the vehicles that were given to the politicians and give them all ‘TANDEM BICYCLES’. So, each member can use a pimp to help him to ride his bicycle to the parliament”.
    Thanks for that article, you have just submitted. Excellent indeed with exciting thoughts and sure it would save a “lot of dough” from the ‘Bakehouse called Treasury’ made of Tax Payer Money for “a wintery day”, which we now sadly realise we didn’t do much in the ‘pompous past’??!!
    I wish to dwell on 2 points which may need to be reckoned for public to be enlightened!
    1. “IMAGINE RANIL RIDING A BICYCLE” – need not imagine, unless my memory is faltering, can well REMEMBER, riding his bicycle to school??!! Probably, not from his parents’ home situated at the confluence of 5th lane and Thurstan Road, (Not even walking distance – not ‘cheek by jowl’ by any means) but possibly from his maternal Grandparents residence in Colombo 5. Whatever that may be, RW a Bicycle Rider? Good IDEA, CONCEPT!
    (Continued)

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    (Part II)
    Implement forthwith and certain would be “happy challenge for RW”, which he will meet!
    2. ‘TANDEM BICYCLES’, unless one wants exemplify ‘age old SL’ practice to employ, ‘unemployed youth’ as a menial, ‘wage earner’ in this resplendent isle decline the unemployment statistics, such as the “Pole raisers and downers”, in the case of the “Unabamboo Polla” saga of one of our popular executive presidents of SL, who were found to be ‘Pole-vaulting’ from the site and out of sight, as encountered by me personally on the KV line close to Avissawella??!! The only fortunate part is that, am still alive and kicking after 40 years, because the chugging of the train at full speed, enabled, thieves get on the train at certain places, without much ‘ado’?!!! ROB GOLD CHAINS, VALUABLES & DEPART?!
    Therefore, disagree with ‘TANDEM BICYCLES’; instead suggest electric rechargeable battery powered bicycles – eco-friendly and not dependant on fossil Fuel??!
    Conclusion – sell all the luxury vehicles except a few for official functions and VIP foreign visitors of State, to be accommodated to AFRICAN AND Indian and Pacific Ocean Islands, remembering the dearth presently, vehicles worldwide!!
    Boost the Treasury/CBSL reserves!!
    PRINCE, may be, well-attuned common mans’ bicycle!!

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    (Part II)
    Implement forthwith and certain would be “happy challenge for RW”, which he will meet!
    2. ‘TANDEM BICYCLES’, unless one wants exemplify ‘age old SL’ practice to employ, ‘unemployed youth’ as a menial, ‘wage earner’ in this resplendent isle decline the unemployment statistics, such as the “Pole raisers and downers”, in the case of the “Unabamboo Polla” saga of one of our popular executive presidents of SL, who were found to be ‘Pole-vaulting’ from the site and out of sight, as encountered by me personally on the KV line close to Avissawella??!! The only fortunate part is that, am still alive and kicking after 40 years, because the chugging of the train at full speed, enabled, thieves get on the train at certain places, without much ‘ado’?!!! ROB GOLD CHAINS, VALUABLES & DEPART?!
    Therefore, disagree with ‘TANDEM BICYCLES’; instead suggest electric rechargeable battery powered bicycles – eco-friendly and not dependent on fossil Fuel??!
    Conclusion – sell all the luxury vehicles except a few for official functions and VIP foreign visitors of State, to be accommodated to AFRICAN AND Indian and Pacific Ocean Islands, remembering the dearth presently, vehicles worldwide!!
    Boost the Treasury/CBSL reserves!!
    PRINCE, may be, well-attuned common mans’ bicycle!!

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