13 April, 2024

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Ranil’s Arrogance Will Destroy Him For Good

By Vishwamithra

Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions when we can invent little else to justify our actions.” ~ Alexander Pushkin

It is that time of the year: Holiday season. Even though more than seventy percent (70%) of our population is living outside the urban and semi-urban areas, the influence of the Western culture, wrapped around Christmas, on the psyche of our people is immense. Its impact on the daily lives of the majority could weigh down the already burdened shoulders of the rural folk and the ultimate effect, albeit its essential temporary nature, of these superficial festive elements of the Western culture has crept into the thick and hard fabric of our rustic veneer.

Nonetheless, in Colombo and other big cities, what the late Reggie Michael called the ‘fortnight of farce’ has taken hold of the super rich class and its obscene display is heading for a climax on the 31st night in which one drunken man kisses another drunken woman with no shame or discipline. All the  thunder and lightning of a chaotic economy are for the poor only. The super rich and rich men and women are too busy shopping for newer and more exotic clothes, designed by Christian Dior or Ralph Lauren while the classes that hardly have anything to be proud about wait at home preparing their meager meals day in and day out.

The gulf between the haves and have-nots is widening beyond calculation. The economic collapse that occurred in the early part of the year has had its most egregious effects on the middle class and the other lower classes. Lines for petrol and diesel are yesterday’s stories. The rich the super-rich are spending insanely, especially during this farcical period of the year; their restaurant bills have become unbelievable amounts for dinners, which is more than sufficient to feed a poor family of four for an entire month. But such statistical facts are read and dissected and accepted or rejected by the rich or super-rich only. The validity of such statistical data does not even reach the ears or minds of those classes of people whose priorities are entwined in a daily life of abysmal trading of two meals per day to a one meal a day. 

On the other hand, politicians whose responsibility it is to ensure, especially in the context of a centrally-controlled economy which Sri Lanka still is, evenhanded distribution of the country’s resources, are gallivanting the globe amongst resort paradises with their mistresses, boyfriends  and girlfriends, Their daily intake of exotic drinks and even more esoteric and vulgar pastimes cost more than one could even calculate in hundreds and thousands of US dollars. 

A country that has been let down by its leaders and followers alike is bleeding and even the fourth estate which is supposed to tell the truth at all times and at whatever the costs, are conspicuously silent. A cursed nation is looking unto herself and feeling self-pity without which it is humanly impossible to spend the hours and minutes of the day.

What has happened to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’? This question is being asked more times a day than one could count. The Aragalaya has become yesterday’s myth. The mythical elements that were associated with the Aragalaya are not even topical points one would entertain in their daily conversations today. While many political and economic pundits articulate the varied and diverse ingredients of such an unprecedented crisis, no person so educated has dared launch a satisfactory or plainly acceptable resolution of the crisis.

A people whose hopes and aspirations have been dashed at the altar of political expediency have dried out their tears. Transformation from sheer lethargy and obedience to order with energy, fury and discipline which were in display during the Aragalaya days has come to a dead-halt. The installation of Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Presidential throne seemed, at the beginning at least,  promising and timely. Yet it did not take even one week for the truth to seep down the collective breathing passage of a people. Much anticipated talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bespoke a breath of fresh air. Ultimately it’s proving to be just air with no matter!

A system change that was much spoken about and promulgated as the only solution to a nagging and dangerous national ailment died an unborn baby, for no budding revolutionary or reformer could offer what would follow the system change. They did not realize nor were they learned and scholarly enough to plan, strategize and deliver the final outcome. Transformations or revolutions are not born in vacuums. Nor are they flimsy dreams of one-time activists. History teaches us this cruel lesson that whatever that is difficult to accomplish does not come about in one single activity nor in a single process. Educated and wise men have tried their hands, spent countless nights under a candlelight or electric lamp, studying, analyzing, comparing one system with another and then deducting on a viable approach to a given destination of a feasible solution.

Transformations or revolutions of national scale are a product of such painstaking execution of well thought-out plans and strategies. Aragalaya had no future because it lacked a fundamental element that such an Aragalaya needed the most- a charismatic leader. When the objective conditions are present and demanding a change, what should be utmost in the minds of those who demand a change is not just a figurehead, but a clear-thinking and shrewd leader of men; that is the subjective condition that has always been present in all such revolutionary changes that have occurred in the past. Our history books are attesting to that fact and realism.

I have written about this common phenomenon that runs through the fabric of change in society ever so seldom in our development as an evolving organism. That golden thread ever so often or ever so seldom has captured the imagination of a great majority of mankind. Yet such great leaders have visited us so rarely; appearance of such an illuminating minds in flesh and blood has awakened the mind of man and served to provide us with a signal of optimism and affirmation of faith in the eternal spirit of man, as Jawaharlal Nehru so penned in his ‘The Discovery of India’, a way before India attained Swaraj status.

India is one of those countries that has sprung out such great leaders. Yet it is highly absurd and politically incorrect to weaponize an utterly equalizing phenomenon such as ‘great leadership’ and ascribe greatness to a country or a nation via its leaders. Humankind, wherever it is, could develop by awakening of mind and following through a given plethora of circumstances. 

In such a crystal-clear context of historical realities and prevailing demands, it is not too light nor superfluous for us to engage in a free dialogue of ideas and ideals in order to find a lasting solution or even a process of solution-seeking for Sri Lanka as it’s faced with an unprecedented crisis, both economic and sociopolitical. That is precisely why Ranil Wickremesinghe matters. 

By delivering a most confusing speeches ever delivered within the wells of Parliament, President Wickremasinghe not only managed to confuse the listeners, he also managed to prove beyond any shadow of doubt that he is certainly not qualified to preside over the crisis Sri Lanka is confronted with today. In the same breath he uttered self-contradictory sentences which a linguistic expert would find it extremely hard to understand leave alone analyze. While spelling out some salient difficulties of our economic path, he said that he has no plan to manage its recovery. In the same sentence he uttered that he has to begin anew (I’m paraphrasing) as there is no economy left to resurrect. 

But he certainly seems to have plans to down-tread the rising voices of the ordinary masses.  They say that ‘gods make them mad before they destroy them’. It’s obvious truth is telling us a total new story of an un-elected President finding it extremely hard to put some thought into some understandable language and utter them in the highest legislative body in the country. While paying no attention to the rising cost of living and ever increasing weight of national debt, this man is going out of the way to appease his Pohottuwa guardians by acceding to every request of these political charlatans by extending numerous comforts and concessions. A man whose empathetic feel does not rise above his waistline  is attempting to navigate a ship in a stormy sea without a compass.

From afar one could see that Ranil’s greatest enemy is within himself. Having failed to be elected by the people innumerable times, Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying to avenge himself by afflicting the greatest pain and damage to that very national constituent that did not show faith in him. Arrogance is the showpiece of such warped men and women. Ranil Wickremesinghe belongs to that variety of men and women.

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

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    Vishwamithra
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    1) Why are you and most commentators OBSESSED with mere ‘Regime Change’ to get the country out of its present socio-economic and political crisis – in this instance getting rid of
    Ranil Wickremesinghe?
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    2) Did chasing out Gotabaya Rajapaksa bring about the required ‘system change’?
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    3) I ask for the umpteenth time – could there EVER be the required ‘system change’ WITHOUT addressing the CORROSIVE link between politicians/professionals/private sector/media who are the ENABLERS of the crisis?
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    4) Why are everyone AVOIDING a serious DEBATE on this and merely thinking of ‘Regime Change’?
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    Amrit Muttukumaru

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    Ranil, a few months ago, went to Tirupathi Temple or such in India to worship and ask for divine help ………. now he is the president: his wish has been granted.

    Wow! …….. how things worked out for him. …………..Whoever is there, works in mysterious ways.


    Tirupathi is vastly more powerful …….. than Gota’s Nana Akka.

    Native, can you put in a word for me?

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      Nimal,
      “Tirupathi is vastly more powerful …….. than Gota’s Nana Akka.
      –Native, can you put in a word for me?”
      You must ask Deepthi Akka, our resident expert on all things Ranil, to explain how he managed to pull the wool over even Tirupathi Deviyo.

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        old codger

        “You must ask Deepthi Akka, …”

        You are being very formal when addressing desperate deepti, as if she is related or connected to Gnana Akka.
        Naughty.

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        No Codger I dont know ranil , I know the people who admire him and other people who say that ranil is the only one who can do this job.
        Knowing them I will say this country has no future , as long as they think like this.
        How do they know no one but ranil can do it without giving others a chance ?
        How many chances has ranil had ?
        These people are a creation of a certain evolution, they have a mind set which cannot see beyond ranil!
        When ranil dies the 22 million will have to also die !

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          DS,
          Are you suggesting that Tirupathi Deviyo went to Royal College?

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      Ranil is a frustrated bully
      And a idiot.

      No better than the Rajapakshas.

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    Most interesting, dear Vishwamithra,
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    You’ve written, “even the fourth estate which is supposed to tell the truth at all times, whatever the costs, are conspicuously silent” and then proceeded to launch a blistering attack on His Majesty!
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    Many thanks!
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    We have to speak out! As you say, the Aragalaya needed a charismatic leader; a man/ woman who is “a clear thinking and shrewd leader of men”. May I add “of women” as well?
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    I’m sticking my neck out on this: I hope that I won’t be silenced on this on the grounds that it is straightforward propaganda. Well, as far as I’m concerned, for me Anura Kumara Dissanayake is such a guy! My view is that if one is going to be timid and vague, we’re not getting anywhere. And to forestall any objections, may I state that I have never met him or had direct contact with him. A leader shouldn’t be surrounded by sycophants. What we need is plain speaking of the truth.
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    But we have to be prepared for dangers lurking ahead as this shocking report shows.
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    https://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/UPDATE-Businessman-Dinesh-Schaffter-dies-after-being-found-in-critical-state-at-Borella-cemetery/155-250505
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    A man I did not know.
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    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48311144V)

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      “What we need is plain speaking of the truth.”

      Speaking is easy ……. words are cheap. ……… For most “truth” is transitory.


      “for me Anura Kumara Dissanayake is such a guy!”

      He is a “Sinhalese” and a “Buddhist” ……. A combination that has never produced a true or a good leader. …….. If you can, name one? …….. Yeah! Just name one? How many times do we have to be wrong?

      Only “Sinhalese Buddhists” believe, doing the same thing over and over, will produce different results.

      Permutations/combinations of one throwing up now are as rare as hen’s teeth.


      AKD played a very “Sinhala Buddhist” game when it suited him ……. and worked hard with now estrange his erstwhile buddy Wimal to bring the great magnanimous “Sinhala Buddhist” leader Mahinda to power in 2005 ………. who bankrupted the nation along with Buddhism.

      Now AKD along with many ……….. talk-up multiculturalism and fairness to all citizens …….. when it suit them.

      Through thick and thin Native and Old Dodger stood for fairness to all citizens ……… and EE stood for primacy for “Sinhala Buddhists.”

      For or against, I don’t give a fig ……… I value principles and people who stand by them.


      Sinhala_Man should apologize to Manel for insulting her deceased husband …… and AKD for past JVP atrocities.

      Let’s see who has principles.

      C’mon be real men.

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        nimal fernando

        “Old Dodger “

        Any problem with your shaky unsteady hands or any involuntary and rhythmic shaking of your fingers?

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          “Dodger”

          Native,

          Ladies know them when they meet one. …… I won’t mention names …….. a lady’s tongue slipped and what was in her mind slipped out.

          An artful one ……… an Artful Older Dodger! :)))

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        Nimal,
        “For most “truth” is transitory.”
        Former gods like Nagananda come to mind.

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          OC,

          I dont think, even he, understands what he is talking …….. was Sinhala_Man his teacher? :))

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        Dear nimal fernando,
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        You have written, “Sinhala_Man should apologize to Manel for insulting her deceased husband …… and AKD for past JVP atrocities.
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        PART ONE – A
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        Let us please take this things one at a time, and let me provide clear answers, AFTER which, please don’t insult the entire readership here with more ridiculous statements:
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        Yes, I did write a few things I shouldn’t have, for which I apolgised to Manel. She was satisfied, and accepted my apology. Thereafter, she sent me an email with this subject line:
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        [edited out]

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          Dear S_M
          Forgive me but I really cant recall your apologizing, or even WHY you accused him of being hoity-toity & looking down on his school. I think I got so fed up of asking for an explanation that I just shut the book. Do send me anything in which I :”forgave” u.

          But dont worry I wint bring it up again. Right now I’m just too.ill.

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    “Arrogance is the showpiece of such warped men and women. Ranil Wickremesinghe belongs to that variety of men and women.”
    Not only Ranil but also all the Sinhalese leaders were in the same group.

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      Ajith: “Not only Ranil but also all the Sinhalese leaders were in the same group,” you say.

      What an ILLUMINATIVE and a FINITO deduction you have achieved? With this “FINDING” you qualify to be our President. Congratulations!

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    From the beginning it has been very clear that ranil is only talk no work. Initially he said Japan is giving a grant of 4 billion not a cent came, he said about WB it was denied by WB. Srl Lanka lost very badly in UNHCR vote where is Ranils so called international support. Our current bept is staggering 86 billion USD we have borrowed about 32billion USD this year . Ranil is borrowing left right an centre. Now his avenues for borrowing is closed he is trying to sell income generating govt enterprise.

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    If ranil is allowed to sell the profit making enterprise it will be double edge disaster. On one we will loose on rupees income and will have to print more money on the other hand the party which buy these enterprise will find their way to send dollars from the profit they get. Ranil wants only to remain in power by giving the people fuel and gas. He is interested only of his power

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    Can we have a consensus on the character of Ranil W among those who want to scold him.
    Too many adjectives is surely a source of confusion.
    Roger says:
    R “is only talk no work”.
    Actually it is some of his wok that worries me.
    Roger, can you name any politician who is not “only talk no work”.
    The word ‘parliament’ itself suggest ‘all talk’.

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      “Roger, can you name any politician who is not “only talk no work”.”

      How about SWRD Banda and the Weeping Widow?

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    “Arrogance” will destroy Ranil W. No. Wrong. Then what will destroy him?

    A man who does not REALIZE that his days on earth are limited and does not grasp the importance of living those days with “HONOR”, “INTEGRITY” and “SERVICE” to his fellow men undergoes suffering every minute of that life and “PERISH” regardless of his/her standings.

    That is the LAW of NATURE – EQUAL to all living beings. No EXCEPTION to Ranil W.

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    No one is indispensable …… most of all, the 40-year serial-failure Ranil. The people/country needs more than just gasoline and cooking gas ……… and 37 ministers.

    How long did it take Liz Truss to resign? ……… What color/ethnicity/race/religion is Rshi Sunak (I can’t stand the phony: but that’s my own thang?)

    That’s the essence of the people/society …….. whose language, manners, look, dress, …….. we take all pains to mimic.

    But talk about missing the essence!

    Bullshit expressed in the highest tones of English is still bullshit.

    I can’t stand bullshit ……… except my own …… and a little of Native’s

    Old Codger is nothing but love-talk ……. and love-talk can be ultimate bullshit or highest form of truth …….. depends on the lady who listens.


    Viva voce ……. That’s my Thesis on Bullshit: post me my PhD from Bandarawela. ……. defended ……….. and appraised by the single man committee.

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      nimal fernando

      “I can’t stand bullshit ……… except my own …… and a little of Native’s”

      I do agree with you.
      However, I want more of the same from you.
      Unfortunately if and when you end up in hospital or prison please make sure I too don’t end like you. Simply don’t take me with you.
      Happy Holidays.

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        nimal fernando

        By the way did you participate in the week long Birthday Celebrations held all over the world for Vellupillai Prabaharan?

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          Native,

          I celebrated the great man when he was alive: the only true, principled and honest leader Sri Lanka ever produced in my lifetime. I had to transcend my clan’s blinkered narrow thinking to see that ……. it was easy: I don’t live among my clan. My mind/thinking is formed by different places/societies around the world …….. from a very young age.

          Celebrating the dead …….. I leave to others.

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            nimal fernando

            “Celebrating the dead …….. I leave to others.”

            Who told you VP is dead?
            Officially LTTE and its supporters behave as if VP is still alive and hope that one day he will return to claim his Tamil Eelam from ?????. They also believe weapons are being silenced.

            ” the only true, principled and honest leader Sri Lanka ever produced in my lifetime. “

            Are you sure you know what you are talking about?

            He accused many being traitors and killed many while he was working for Hindia, Premadasa, USA, Rajapaksas, …… I don’t think he ever worked for the benefit of Tamils.

            He killed innocent people, honest and principled people, fighters, …. received large amount of money from armed forces Hindia,Premadasa, USA, Rajapaksas,….

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    RW is simply an Elitist. Only serves elites and top businessmen. No matter how many articles people write, no politician would change their way. I’m sure by now, RW and the MR clan has already cooked up plan A, B and C to secure their future. No point of crying over spilt milk and personalities of these politicians. Lets just be positive, Think wisely and do things within our power as citizens.
    Many nowadays say AKD seems to be the only alternative. Well that is a big question mark as we have to give him a chance to Walk the Talk. No point in talking about history.

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    Ranil’s Arrogance Will Destroy Him For Good

    The people already distroyed him without votes and distroyed democracy and in president with different direction was always destined to destroy himself

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    More than Ranil’s arrogance is his ignorance as he is missing the golden God given opportunity from the aragalaya which he earlier encouraged. He succumbed to his inherited karma of repeating Vatalanda suppression, not knowing that we now live in a different era where human behavior needs to be more understood according to sanctity, righteousness, love, joy and peace with rest. See how he treats Vasantha Mudalige without major charges while he is defending the greedy robber leaders and murderers in nation who made the lives of citizens full of lack. If only his eyes could open to see.

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