22 September, 2020

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Ranil You Can Take Guard & Get Ready To Play A Long Innings

By Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

A sense of deja-vu is gripping the resplendent island of Sri Lanka. It’s the eve of another General Election, the many held every five years in the island nation with a nascent democracy. Campaigning is at its peak, so is the level of violence. All projections indicate to one inevitable conclusion. A United National Party led alliance win. It won’t be that monumental landslide of 1977 under JR Jayewardene but good enough to form a government according to latest polls.

A Ranil led government seems just hours away. This portends good for the country and to its overhaul health. Recently master-blaster cricketer turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya handed over a cricket bat to one of the candidates in Southern Sri Lanka just after his now infamous pole-vault. It would have been more appropriate if it was presented to the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. He surely may need more bats to deliver on the many promises he had made thus far. The nation knows that he will deliver on all his promises and lets wish him well.

Mr Wickremesinghe, you can take guard and get ready to play a long innings while the nation goes through the motions. You have finally got the opportunity to play that much awaited yet deprived innings. People of Sri Lanka had waited long enough to see you in action. The time has arrived and you’re welcome to summon all skills necessary for a glorious knock. Take your time, strategize well and bat with a straight bat. Dispatch the red cherry to all parts of the ground with elegance. Drive ‘em, hook ‘em, loft ‘em, glide ‘em and sweep ‘em with good timing you’re known for. Play the game best way you know fit.

Ranil From his twitterIgnore the ovation and overlook the accolades. You have a mission to accomplish, no one needs to spell it out for you. The environment is dire, your indispensability palpable. Acknowledge your role and extend the required leadership. Remember you won’t go far sans support from your fellow legislators. You need them. Don’t repeat the mistakes of those who got totally and completely intoxicated when they held the chair. Inspire your team and instill in them true values and deliver to the innocent, wearied and abundantly cheated people true dividends of post-war Sri Lanka. They need it, they badly need it. You look good, get cracking. The nation is behind you.

Mr Wickremesinghe, nothing works without the proper functioning of the rule of law and the justice system. This is so fundamental. The sound functioning of the rule of law in Sri Lanka had witnessed a threatening decline. People were murdered, children lost fathers and fathers lost children. Loved ones huddled to coffins and sobbing incessantly, Cost of living got astronomical by the day, colossal sums syphoned, wasted and simply abused. Mismanagement and ill-legal profiteering was rife. The middle class got hammered mercilessly. You’ve now got the opportunity to put things right. Bring the criminals to justice, if you don’t people will not be happy.

American philosopher, author and public intellectual Cornel West once said “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public” This is not idealism but a fundamental attendant of a government that claims to be elected by the people and works for the people. Benjamin Franklin one of the Founding Fathers of the United States said “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are” Mr Wickremesinghe you have to get to the forefront to put things straight.

Making Sri Lanka great once again should certainly start from taking inspiration from these profound words. A society cannot and will not prosper until and unless an appreciable justice system permeates and percolates to the very bottom. Robert F Kennedy once said the following “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Mr Wickremesinghe, contemporary history of Sri Lanka is grotesquely and conspicuously riddled with many disappointments and disasters. Educated members of parliament along with their GCE Ordinary Level qualified counterparts have all behaved in the same manner. They had collectively failed Sri Lanka. I still cannot comprehend how they could have raised their hands to a draconian piece of legislation that came by way of the 18th amendment to the constitution. There wasn’t a single sane voice from the government that opposed this pernicious piece of legislation. The so called PhDs were an egregious catastrophe. To see the same lot vying again to get re-elected is indeed an affront on the people. Do ensure that representatives of people conduct themselves well and work for the people indefatigably, after all they are nothing but servants of the people.

Mr Wickremesinghe, racism and all forms communalism must be constitutionally banned. Today the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that it affords an excellent strategic leverage to politicians and political parties to position themselves in the minds of their constituents. The masses are adversely affected by their rabid political rhetoric, social cohesion is rendered asunder; Mahinda Rajapaksa did make it a fine craft. He mentally tortured the Muslims for a good time period courtesy of the BBS and its erstwhile thugs. This kind of nonsense must come to an end sooner than later. You have to ensure that justice is served indiscriminately and without fear or favor.

Mr Wickremesinghe, do get the involvement of all parties to root out communalism from the land. I am befuddled to see even respected individuals of the caliber of Champika Ranawaka joining the band wagon earlier on, spewing copious amounts of anti-muslim venom. He may have experienced nightmares about ill-founded demographic revelations of Muslims breeding disproportionately.

He also could have experienced visions of chivalrous muslim warriors galloping on well pedigreed, black stallions, brandishing sharpened rapiers and proselytizing Buddhists in their thousands. Surely we should strive to eschew such stupidity at all cost. This kind of nonsense involving parochial political opportunism should go down in history as criminal.

Mr Wickremesinghe, every Sri Lankan deserves a good education and education must become freely accessible. It’s certainly a well-educated nation that can aspire for greater excellence. The nation should allocate liberal sums to make this a reality. Former Prime Minister of Singapore once said “After trying out a number of ways to reduce inequalities and failing, I was gradually forced to conclude that the decisive factors were the people, their natural abilities, education and training. Knowledge and the possession of technology were vital for the creation of wealth.” Wealth creation does not work in isolation, it has to be well conceived, adapted and linked to the needs of the nation.

Mr Wickremesinghe, you know best that an open economy is the best for Sri Lanka. We cannot go back to the pre-1977 era. The market-oriented economy was introduced by the UNP and the economy took off. If not for the free economy the current economy would have been in the doldrums vis a vis shocks it had to endure in the last ten years. Let’s also not forget that it’s the incumbent duty of the government to protect every economic asset whether belonging to the state or private individuals. Never try to play God by trying to pre-determine who should be involved in a particular industry and who shouldn’t. A level playing field for all Sri Lankans is true equity.

Mr Wickremesinghe, finally the freedom to practice ones religion is such a crucial issue. This is a fundamental right in any functioning democracy. It’s so basic that it’s sacrosanct, yet minorities have had many challenges in the last ten years. Their places of worship wantonly vandalized and desecrated, worshippers killed and horrifically wounded. We’re confident that your legacy will not be tarnished by such silly notoriety, not even remotely.

Our good wishes to you in advance.

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    Well timed article as Ranil is set to win and form the government and lead the country to prosperity.

    As first step he has to establish himself very strongly, ensure communalism and/or religious bias does not raise its ugly head again in this country and ensure all citizens are treated equally irrespective of majority or minority communities.

    At this point we have to remind him there are also skeletons in his cupboard and may be some more may add up in the newly elected ones. He has to be very firm in misuse of power and corrupt acts by some of these individuals and must not hesitate to punish them removing them from power and even taken before law. In this regard this rule must apply to anyone how powerful they may be in the party or people. If he acts very firmly he will be recognised and remembered by all Srilankansand we wish him well.

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

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      This is one of your best ever, Thanks for keeping it brief. I love to read more of the same. Please do disappoint us.

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        Dear Native,

        Nothing serious mate…

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    I agree, racism and all forms of bigotry should be banned and made punishable by law. People like Gnanasara who take the law into their own hands should be prosecuted. By the same token, steps should be taken to curb any signs of Jihadism and to immediately stop the rape of Wilpattu.

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    “Ranil You Can Take Guard & Get Ready To Play A Long Innings”….. but don’t play recklessly and risk being caught out unnecessarily when a great innings lies ahead of you; or be carelessly run out, only because you did not pay sufficient attention when the ball was with an unknown opposing fielder. You have gained notriety for both these lapses.

    One more thing…. just slowly ease off those ageing and useless forgies in your top order and move off from the belief held by many in your side that seniority matters most when picking your next captain or your front line batsmen. Instead go for the young, go for the capable and go for the clever men. In other words go for someone better than yourself when picking the next captain; go for some who are better than your current – so called – top order batsmen when picking their replacements. (In fact, better to put them as ‘reserves’or in the 2nd XI now itself!).

    Above all, avoid packing your side with law types. They wont score a run which can stick on the board when it matters, because conning their way to every run has been a lifelong practice!! Get some engineers and economists instead. Lawyers could be hired when needed. Get logical thinking men into the team and that’s all you need to do.

    And one final thing – keep the priests firmly in their temples. I think your uncle did just that, which is why I think he was a most sagacious man, never mind what others may think of him.

    And one parting word or two – Always remember: It matters not how many agree with you, but WHO!

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      ….and wear a ballguard.

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        Taraki

        “….and wear a ballguard”

        To protect what?

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    Whether we like him or not lets all admit that Ranil is the most suitable person to lead the country at this juncture.He may not “carry babies” or don the now more or less defunct :national Dress” to win votes but he is Mr.Clean and there are no accusations of corruption or mismanagement directed towards him.
    I also admire his patience after several defeats he never threw in the towel but carried on taking a cue from his Uncle JR Jayawardene. As you will recall JR should have been leader of this country long before Dudley Senanayake by virtue of his role in the UNP this position was thwarted to him by DS Senanayake in a measure of nepotism. JR didnt call it quits but patiently carried on till finally his day came in 1977. That was patience par excellence,in a same way Ranil too seems to have taken the cue and God Willing Aug 18 maybe the day he will be rewarded for his long struggle.

    Ranil has loads of political experience, with no traces of corruption or nepotism, he is intelligent, educated,well accepted by countries of the West(whom SL depends heavily by virtue of exports to this region) and also since he has no siblings will no doubt dedicate himself fully to the welfare of Sri Lanka.

    Ranil is the best bet at this part of our counties history and its the duty of the voters to give him this opportunity since rajapakse has had his day and should yield and give room for others. The major plus point for Ranil he is not communal in outlook and believes in a SL where all communities must co exist. and will give the best man the job irrespective of caste or creed or race. This portrays that for him the country come first. After all with a past of 30 years of misery SL cannot afford another communal conflict.Lets hope the voters will act wisely.

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    Mr. Idroos

    We all know he’s been padded up for a very long time and is due for a big one sometime soon . Only question mark is his very poor strike rate .

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    “Mr Wickremesinghe, finally the freedom to practice ones religion is such a crucial issue. This is a fundamental right in any functioning democracy.”

    Really? I thought all Islamic countries have laws to the effect that apostates out of Islam must face death punishment.

    Islamic logic:

    According to your religion I have the freedom to practise my religion. According to my religion I have the freedom to kill you. Therefore according to your own religion I have the freedom to kill you.

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      There is truth is what you say even though many wish to ignore this uncomfortable fact or distort it with biased counter points in a vain effort to avoid it.

      However, regardless, the absolute freedom to practise one’s religion should be afforded to one and all equally, including the freedom not to if one so chooses.

      The future of humanity will be determined by its ability to genuinely question their dogmatic religions and it’s teaching in light of the knowledge and advances made in the twenty first century and evolve from it. You simply do not need a religion to be good human being. Time to wake up.

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    “The sound functioning of the rule of law in Sri Lanka had witnessed a threatening decline. People were murdered, children lost fathers and fathers lost children. “

    What about mothers and wives? Deliberately left out or an oversight?.

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    The voters have decided to make Ranil Wickramasinghe as the prime minister.This will end the corrupt politics of 10 years.
    Dr M.L.Najimudeen

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      Ranil Wickramasinghe Started his regime with the biggest Bank Robbery of the history of Sri Lanka. He started with corruption, needless to say what will happen in the future.

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    Mr.Ranil Wikramasinghe

    According to Islam, the fundamental ingredient for prosperity of a nation lies in justice, which should be equal to all its citizens immaterial of cast or creed, rich or poor, if there is justice, there will be peace and prosperity.

    One main reason why the western countries are prosperous is because there is justice, which is blind and equal to everyone.

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      To Jeff .
      Are you for real ?? The west is rich and prosperous because they are professional thieves and atheists ,they good on messing up steady countries which you can see if you watch what is happening around the world . So, you talk about justice , what justice is practice in Arab countries when 500 bodies received every year has been raped and tortured the Sri Lankan workers in Arab countries . Is it the justice of you believe . Please do not talk rubbish for nothing . The west is ruined all the Arab countries recently . How do you see that .???

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      Jeff, your second para contradicts the first.

      If I am to accept the second para then I have to deduce that the Islamic world is in such turmoil, backward in every aspect, ISIS, Taliban, Boo Haram etc etc , bombs exploding in mosques, refugees thronging to western countries instead of surrounding Islamic countries because there is NO justice in Islam. Rjght?

      Now if you say Western countries and the Jews are manipulating all this then I have to deduce that there is NO justice in the Western system. Right?

      Any alternative explanation?

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    It doesn’t suprise me . Im not disagree with your perception but it has to be fair and reasonable . However we were watched and carefully listened to all kind of policisns last few months , particularly the debates and rallies . So, it didn’t convince the majority people to vote Ranil . You can understand it if you listened to Jvp . Apart from that it was conspicuously seen that good governance is a petty bold concept . Which was commonly found under 6 months of rule . The bond issue , nepotism ,political revenge and gangs violence has been experienced by public to higher degree and there is a very serious threat to the national security under Ranil ,because he could be incited by west to do any thing which could give a rise to violence and unrest in the country . This is what west is expecting . While there are unrest in the country which could lead to instability and economic losses , the speed that we reach in the development will standstill . I do not understand why the people cannot understand the implications . We were well recovered in the post war after 30 years of losses by various ways ,but it has ruined by Sirisena . I directly accuse him for all the messes that we seeing today . Who was trapped by west and local hypocrites to grab the power from RAJAPAKSA . I do not think any one would disagree . So , my view is ,if Ranil elected which would be a disaster to the future of Sri Lanka . This is my point who has already exhibited it more than necessary .

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    The author of this article says Sri Lanka is a ‘nascent democracy’, when in fact Sri Lanka is the oldest democracy in Asia and one of the oldest in the world, having exercised adult franchise for both Men and Women since 1930s.
    If the author gets this fact wrong, then how many other errors could he be making?

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      A democracy sans maturity is no democracy. Alteast I was charitable in calling SL a nascent democracy. To be very honest with you SL represents the very antithesis of a functioning democracy,the process unimaginably got accelerated in the last ten years.

      Chum, please understand its not how old a democracy which matters but how mature and responsive it is. Democracy does not mean that you’ve surrendered to become everyone’s slave. Also Democracy does not mean the bludgeoning of the people.

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    You have distorted the truth on the grounds . As far as I know that RAJAPAKSA is far ahead to Ranil . Yet ,it is not surprise me about the duty of some crooks .we all know where does the Vote base of PA stand while they lost on January .there 5,8 million is pure ,clean slot which is unshakable . Therefore even if the PA takes 5.8 which capable of leading the necessary seats in the parliament . But this truth has been trying to hide by crooks . Also the writer of this article tries to stick on bold theories with distorted facts . It is shame

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    There is no contradiction, the Arab countries have so much resources but due to lack of justice there is destruction and mayhem, on the other hand in western countries morality is at its lowest ebb, but there is prosperity- this is because there is justice and its equal to everyone. It’s very simple, to attain peace and prosperity, you need to ensure there is justice and its equal to everyone, the rest comes later.

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      What you are saying is lack of justice is because the religion in the Arab states is Islam. Isn’t it the worst blasphemy ever uttered by a Muslim?

      In my case I am already condemned to hell so I can play free. But you have to be careful brother.

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    I favor Ranil. But let us not start getting in to our loin cloths when the sea is still 7 miles away.

    The old crook is still favored by many of the people who eat grass.

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    Saying that there is no justice in Arab countries is no blasphemy- if you know what blasphemy is. Either you don’t have any knowledge about the religion or you are just twisting the facts

    If the people practice what Islam preaches there wont be destruction and chaos in those countries, the current situation is because of their own doing, and the same situation will arise in Sri Lanka unless there is justice for everyone immaterial of cast or creed. this is the law of nature.You can wait and see.

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    Jeff, people like you should pray to Allah asking him to guide the Muslims along the path of Islam. Allah should realise that just sending books and prophets won’t be sufficient. I also think He should reconsider His decision to halt sending anymore prophets.

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