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Ranil’s Episodes Of Wel Pālama, Caucasian Chalk Circle & Titanic

By Asoka S. Seneviratne

Prof. Asoka.S. Seneviratne

On 12 May 2022, Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) stated he was undertaking a dangerous challenge as the economy was bankrupt. After going through three episodes, Prez. RW told the nation that he had rescued the economy from bankruptcy. It is remarkable indeed. Based on this, he continuously states that it is suitable for people to walk with him only in the future. However, the bottom line is that people cannot feel that the economy is no longer bankrupt. People want to feel it, and it is up to Prez RW to make it feel right. Now the only test and challenge for Prez. RW is declaring his candidacy for the presidential election and winning it. Then only Prez. RW can realize people can feel that the economy is not bankrupt anymore. However, Sri Lanka needs a new leader with clean hands and a broad vision to rescue the country from bankruptcy and hence lead the country to prosperity. This will mark a NEW ERA, which also paves the way for the end of the so-called Episodes Saga.

Introduction

It was on 12 May 2022 that Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime Minister by then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Following this, he made a statement about the nature and extent of the challenge he undertook, referring to the Wel Paalama or Broken Rope Bridge episode. The background to the above statement was the country’s economic crisis, in which people faced mounting hardship, and the country’s debt crisis paved the way to declare bankruptcy. Given the above, Wel Paalama is related to the mounting hardship people faced, while “Caucasian Chalk Circle” is related to overcoming economic and debt crises. The “Titanic” episode is about the background of the completion of debt restructuring. President Ranil Wickremesinghe (Prez. RW) used different names, but it is about the unprecedented crisis that faced the country and how he managed it.

In those episodes, Prez RW tried to explain and convince the public of many things to strengthen his political career and stay in power. Furthermore, along with those episodes, he tried to create political instability in the country. This article describes the specific situations related to those episodes, his responses, behavior, and his expectations for the future. Please note that this article is related to my previous article, “President Ranil Wickremesinghe Rescued & Stable Economy In Sri Lanka – An Inquiry

Wel Paalama (broken rope bridge) episode along the economic crisis.

This episode was set against the background of the new generation Aragalaya or struggle, which demonstrated the utter frustration and disappointment of the masses. This was due to the numerous and unprecedented problems with the scarcity of cooking gas and fuel, the disturbance of the electricity supply, and skyrocketing prices.

In short, this was an economic crisis. On 16 May 2022, RW, as the Prime Minister, stated, “I am undertaking a dangerous challenge. In the Caucasian Chalk Circle, Grusha crossed the broken rope bridge carrying a child that was not hers. This is an even more difficult undertaking. The precipice is deep, and its bottom cannot be seen. The bridge is made of thin glass, and there is no handrail. I am wearing shoes with sharp nails that cannot be moved. My task is to take the child to the other side safely. I am accepting this challenge for the nation. My goal and determination are not to save an individual, a family, or a party. My objective is to save all the people of this country and the future generation.”

The above statement shows the poor status of the economy and the difficult task ahead for revitalization. It was a challenge, and accepting the challenge, his objective was to save all people and the future generation. It should be noted that the Wel Palama episode is related to RW as the Prime Minister and the Caucasian Chalk Circle is related to RW as the President.

When RW was elected president on 20 July 2022, the situation gradually eased even though people had to pay high prices for cooking gas, fuel, and electricity. At the same time, all forms of poverty increased; mounting nutritional problems emerged, millions of houses were deprived of electricity, unemployment increased, and more than 100,000 Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises collapsed.  However, in the abovementioned article, I appreciated Prez.RW for the government’s efforts to ease the situation. Irrespective of the above, the result of the Wel Paalama episode contradicts reality.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s promises of a better life were starkly contrasted by the harsh reality of increased poverty, debt, and social unrest. In other words, people could not feel that they were better off or that their well-being had been improved, so they headed for a better and more prosperous life. While many lost incomes, others were forced to carry an unprecedented debt burden. Social unrest and increasing crimes were at the forefront. Given the above, Prez RW’s repeated story of Wel Paalama became meaningless because people felt the new location was more miserable than the previous one for many reasons.

In addition to the above, the following was noticed

Prez RW worked with his cabinet colleagues during the abovementioned shortages and skyrocketing prices, stating “that we were committed to helping the masses by doing everything possible”. With team spirit, he spoke in parliament and at public rallies about the problems faced by the masses. Furthermore, he stated that during his tenure until the 2024 Presidential election, we would be able to provide a peaceful and happy life for all”. This means that he did not give any indication to stay in power after 2024 or any intention to extend his tenure as the president. As the situation gradually eased, except for a few rallies demanding salary increases, people did not stage mass demonstrations like in Kenya, given the unprecedented tax hike. People were convinced that Prez RW would not be the next president as the masses rallied with the NPP. In short, people rallying with NPP was a blessing for Prez RW as it paved the way for political stability in the country so that Prez RW could work until the presidential election.

The Second Episode with the Debt Crisis: Caucasian Chalk Circle  (CCC)

CCC explains that a lady named Grusha sacrifices her happiness and dignity on behalf of an abandoned child she takes as her own. This means Prez. RW took care of the economy.

This second episode is part and parcel of Wel Paalama, or broken rope bridge. It is based on the above that Prez. RW stated that he cared for the economy, which other leaders refused.

In the second episode, what is important is the president’s behaviour and response. The president’s response was entirely different when urgent attention was needed to the debt crisis following the declaration of bankruptcy. Indeed, economic and debt crises are two sides of the coin or twin brothers.

Discussions about the country’s debt burden were ongoing; Prez. RW, stated, “I managed to defer or postpone some debt after talking to creditors.” (2023). The above is not correct at that time because the discussion was not completed in 2023. Only now do we know about the successful conclusion of the debt restructuring discussions. Along with the above background, Prez RW stated, “I believe in my ability to save our country and its people from the economic abyss. I had a comprehensive work plan and a deep understanding of other nations’ strategies to emerge from similar crises. Furthermore, I believed the economy could be revitalized with my planned policies and dedication”.

Compared to the first episode mentioned above, Prez. RW completely forgot “We” and substituted “I” when debt and debt restructuring were involved. In other words, he forgot that he worked in a team with his cabinet colleagues, as indicated in the first episode above.

Most importantly, he stated that Sri Lanka concluded debt restructuring within two years. He emphasized that it was a victory for Sri Lanka compared to other countries that faced similar situations. However, Ecuador, Argentina, Mongolia, and Belize concluded their debt restructuring in less than one year, while Barbados and Chad concluded debt restarting in less than two years. Also, he stated that “I had a comprehensive work plan and a deep understanding of other nations’ strategies to emerge from similar crises”. Given the above, the president’s statement is incorrect or substandard because it is not worth it for the president to undermine the success stories of other countries. Instead, it is good to learn from the stories of those countries. Prez. RW urged all MPs to collectively unite to carry the “Good News” into the future. Indeed, the nature and extent of the “Good News” is another subject to write about. Debt restructuring is a work with unity or working together. But the Prez. RW,  again made the statement based on “I”, as he stated, “ Despite these conditions, I accepted the challenge, without any conditions, I believed in my ability to serve our country and its people from the economic abyss”. Usually, the leader leads, and the manager manages. However, it seems that Prez.RW was doing both.

The Third Episode: “Titanic”

This episode is about the completion of debt restructuring, including private bondholders or ISBs. The Titanic ship struck an iceberg, broke apart, and sank to the bottom of the ocean, taking the lives of more than 1500 passengers. Prez. RW states that no one wanted to take care of the crisis (i.e., ship) that hit the Sri Lankan economy, but he took care of it. Accordingly, the ship “Titanic” safely arrived at the Port. It is remarkable indeed.

Given the above or agreements reached on the restructuring, Sri Lanka can defer bilateral loan instalment payments until 2028 and repay all loans on concessional terms with an extended period until 2043. A substantial reduction of debt obligation or “haircut” of about US$3 billion is also expected.    

The point is that even if we receive some concessions, we still have to pay more than US$30 billion. The Titanic looks safe at the Port, but the government has no clear plan and policies for debt repayment. If it believes the Economic Transformation endeavor will help, it is also far beyond 2033 and 2043.  At the same time, as per IMF’s Debt Sustainability Analysis, Sri Lanka can start repaying its debt by 2033. However, the government’s decision to go with 2028 cannot be comprehended.  Given the long time devoted to debt restructuring, the government seems to have overshadowed economic management. This is not a good sign, as people’s suffering is mounting.

Along with the episodes mentioned above, the government tends to create instability in the country. Regarding the above, we witnessed some episodes. The news about the UNP’s proposal to hold a referendum to postpone the presidential and parliamentary elections by two years caused a calamity. Some government MPs proposed that the president stay for ten and 12 years. There was also the mushrooming of political alliances. Another concern is whether the team of the Presents should be 5 or 6 years.

While the UNP and SLPP still name candidates, people count the days until the presidential elections. “Good News” consumes substantial time and wastes resources, too. Along with the “Good News,” the President uses all stages, including granting free land deeds to people, to tell the people he is the right person to lead the economy to prosperity.

The real test and challenge for the Prez RW is based on the rescued economy from bankruptcy

On 16 May 2022, Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that “I am undertaking a dangerous challenge……I accept this challenge for our nation.” That is excellent indeed. He states that when he took over the country, it was bankrupt. He repeatedly emphasized that he rescued the country from its bankrupt status. Furthermore, Prez RW states that Sri Lanka can do business with the rest of the world as bankruptcy is not there, and the USA, Japan, and India have been satisfied with the progress Sri Lanka has made and congratulated Sri Lanka. Hence, the “Good News” must prevail and travel to the future, embracing the future generation. It is not Prez’s statement that he rescued the economy from bankruptcy that is the matter. He is not the right person to state that Sri Lanka is not a bankrupt country. As in the past, the rating agencies will do it. Let them do that. Indeed, the people must feel the outcome of the Prez. RW rescued the economy from bankruptcy. Most people do not know the meaning of what the Prez. RW is advocating and trying to convince them that the country is not bankrupt now. Indeed, people cannot feel it, and the Prez. RW cannot make it feel. In other words, Prez RW cannot do it. This is the real test and challenge for the Prez.  RW if his utmost determination is to face and undertake the challenge based on what he stated on 16 May 2022. Instead of telling episodes repeatedly, trying to please the people, and not looking for other episodes, it is good that Prez. RW will declare his candidacy for the presidential election and win the election. This is the real test and challenge for Prez. RW now. Only then can he realize that the country is no longer bankrupt and people are with him, walking ahead. It is remarkable indeed. However, Sri Lanka needs a new leader with clean hands and a broad vision to rescue the country from bankruptcy and hence lead the country to prosperity. This will mark a NEW ERA, which also paves the way for the end of the so-called Episodes Saga. 

*The writer worked as the Special Advisor to the Office of the President of Namibia and was a Senior Consultant with UNDP for 16 years. He worked as a Senior Economist with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1972-1993) before he migrated to New Zealand. The writer can be contacted at asoka.seneviratne@gmail.com

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    Dear Professor Seneviratne,
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    Thanks for this article.
    No comments to be seen by me as I start writing (22:50). I shall return and say more.
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    It was at 8.00 pm on the 26th of June 2024 that Ranil WickremasingheAddressed the Nation” for 22 minutes:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a_JOet8-q4
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    He knows English, but he rightly addressed us in Sinhala; however, I have yet to come across a video in English/Tamil. If it was translated into Tamil (hopefully in full), I haven’t seen it, for the simple reason that I don’t know even the letters of the Tamil alphabet. I hope that there are no ambiguities in what I have written so far.
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    If no Tamil version was presented, then that was a grave injustice done to all Tamil-speakers in Lanka.
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    I will now draw the attention of readers to something that appears at the very bottom of the article. Professor Seneviratne’s email address. How many have written to him? I did, and I have by now had many WhatsApp conversations with him.
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    Panini Edirisinhe

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      These are the people who Ranil saved: not the nation ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCXPMGIp2mA

      But will any diehard Ranil supporter ever come out and say the truth ……. or even see the truth? :))))))))

      The truth ……… and emotions, wants, desires are completely different things.

      Lankans walk through life ……… with self-deception …….. as a constant companion ……… :))

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        Nimal
        What I like about Gota is his white hair and moustache. MR is as fake as he can be, with his dyed hair. Gota is dumb, but he doesn’t pretend to be young.

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          Now Gota is showing up again. These Thanakola eaters would be held as Weerayas until people at large will see it right. .when would that be is the biggest question 🤔
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          Whovthoght that sl is the paradise for the real fools.

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          OC

          They can’t even leave a few patients with residents, who have years of training and only a few more years to go before becoming surgeons ………… https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/baylor-doctors-allegedly-relied-unqualified-19532682.php


          But we chose this family of imbeciles without any education/training/experience to run our entire country of 22 million …….. is it any wonder how the country ended up?

          Basil still has the nerve to show his face!

          They are slowly finding traction for their brand of bullshit again ……… I suspect many will vote for them.

          That is Lanka.

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          Dear old codger,
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          I’m happy that this old codger actually won election to Islington North, wherever that may be!
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZKpzb52aAM&lc=Ugx_N8eZIOerTrLf8Gh4AaABAg
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          Panini

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          Dear OC
          I understand there are many opinions about Gota, but as you rightly pointed out, he is distinctly different from his elder brother Mara, who has a criminal reputation.

          In my honest opinion, Gota is not at all like Mara and Mara’s offspring.

          Consider this: during the Aragalaya crisis, Gota chose to step down peacefully and leave the country without bloodshed. Despite being the elected leader at the time, he could have resorted to force against the citizens but instead he chose to depart.

          Moreover, when the popular demand was “Gota go home,” he ensured Mara left first and swore in RW as PM. Once Mara was gone, the immediate threat subsided. Mara’s primary aim seemed to be to remove Gota and assume power, which would have ushered in a different era in Sri Lankan politics. Mara would likely have employed forceful measures against protesters to solidify his rule.

          These are important considerations to reflect upon.

          The truth is that even as of today, Mara has a cult like following. Should RW try to bring Mara to book, you will see the real nature of our people and the resultant backlash towards RW.

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            Human Touch,
            My take on the events.
            It was a a carefully calculated plan of MR to overcome the Aragalaya storm. GR followed instructions to live and fight another day.
            Ranil stepped in at the behest of MR.
            You would have noticed Basil going along.
            Inhumane Ranil.

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        Dear nimal,
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        This, over one hour video in Sinhala, is of an event that I missed. And it was in Bindunuwewa!. I don’t know exactly why.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ATTZZIv8U

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        Perhaps I was focussed too much on the UK General Elections.
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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      This video of Joseph Biden is less than three minutes in duration. American English, of course!
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCZ5_XwqchE
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      It is sensational, to say the least.
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      Note the many comments.
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      LankaScot, how does one get at the oldest of those below this video.
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      Feedback requested!
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      Panini Edirisinhe –

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        Hello SM,
        There is not much difference in age between Joe Biden and Trump. But if you watched the debate it was like “chalk and cheese”. Trump told his usual lies and is a past master of “malle pol”. Biden froze constantly, couldn’t string a sentence together, lost his train of thought and then spoke nonsense. Noam Chomsky in his nineties is head and shoulders above Biden in mental abilities.
        If he doesn’t step down the Democrats will lose the election and Trump will lead the USA to an Authoritanian future, which may lead to large scale social unrest, that the world doesn’t need.
        Now how do you want to get at the oldest?
        best regards

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          Yes, LankaScot,
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          I had also, in my mind, contrasted Biden with the much older Chomsky:
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky
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          It is dawn; now to get some sleep!
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          I don’t know how long I can go on like this!
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          But what’s this?
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogFbcBPQR5g
          LIVE | AKD LIVE 24 | 24/7 LIVE STREAM
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          No; I just rang the NPP Head Office. The Japan trip is later this month. It’s not a secret, I was told. Details appear in FaceBook.
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          I won’t now check on that now, or even listen to Anura now.
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          I hope that some other CT reader will enlighten me.
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          AKD was supposed to be going to Japan. How many meetings there, I wonder?
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          Thanks again, LankaScot.
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          Panini Edirisinhe – (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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          … If he doesn’t step down the Democrats will lose the election.
          No addition needed.

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    For the few ……. who can take the shortest straight path from A to B ……… without collecting all the garbage lying along the roadside to clog their minds …….. there are few self-evident sacrosanct facts ……. one can’t dodge …….

    In a democracy the voters elect their rulers.

    The underhand great effort/scheme afloat to scuttle the election …….. is not for the benefit of the country or the people. But for the benefit of just 1 man: Ranil.

    Cause ………. Ranil can’t win any election.

    His chances are less than 0.0.


    Anyone …….. no matter who …….. who tries to steal the democratic rights of the people is guilty of treason.

    Death to traitors!

    Ranil should be lined up against a wall and shot.

    And Native can …… shed a few tears later: that’s a private/personal matter. …….. No one has the right to impose their pet personal desires on the people.

    OC likes a bit of S&M …….. Ramona won’t hear of it ……….

    And the whole nation wants a entirely different form of S&M ……. “Sinhala Buddhism.”

    A free ride to Auschwitz anyone? ……. There, it was even better/worse – depends on how one looks at it – than even “Sinhala Buddhism.”

    Mercifully ……. unlike for the Lankans ……. they had one route of escape.

    The truth is stranger than Bandarawela ………..

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      Hello Nimal.
      “In a democracy the voters elect their rulers”.
      No in a democracy they elect their representatives.
      Best regards

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        “in a democracy they elect their representatives.”

        True!

        See, even my mind is clogged ……. I’ve been a Lankan for too long …… that’s what it does to a person!

        The difference is, at least I know it. :))

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          nimal fernando

          “The difference is, at least I know it. :))”

          “Know thyself” is one of the best think one should possess although I never understood what it is. However I know I am bit thick and am not afraid to say so in this public forum, and have done it many times.

          By the way Namal Baby was seen on his knees at saffron racist thug Ampitiya Sumanarathana’s Sri Abhinavarama Vihara and also attending Sambandan’s funeral. Being another crooked politician doing both is understandable however as a person is he in the process of knowing thyself?

          If not when would he start?
          Would he start at all?

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    Dear Readers,
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    Every right mind would agree that RW succeeded every time he took up the challenge, but his enemies wouldn’t let him go because most of them were populists.

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

    He was not prone to popularity, however Sri Lankans were easily duped. That is the biggest weakness of our people.

    This was misinterpreted by his opponents as Sinhala Buddhist racism. In Sri Lanka if you do anything together with the Sinhala Buddhists you can evem kill people on broad day light. This is the biggest struggle in the politics of this country.

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    “RW stated that he cared for the economy, which other leaders refused.”

    Only reason they refused was because they would have had to work with the Rajapaksa led SLPP–house. And Ranil had been specially placed there by Rajapaksas, in the case of exactly what happened during the Aragalaya. So Titanic scenario here. Now he’s trying to get one up on them and run on his own, with his UNP-party.

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      ramona therese fernando,
      The offer was a bait to discredit anyone who would have gone forward.
      Ranil was their stop gap man!

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      So no* Titanic situation here other than the part where the Titanic sank, and 1500 people drowned.

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      Ramona,
      ” And Ranil had been specially placed there by Rajapaksas, in the case of exactly what happened during the Aragalaya.”.
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      Unfortunately ur 😕 little knowledge about lanken truths may be even lesser to that of Panini.

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    The PEOPLE did not elect PM/President of SL. He got the support of crooked SLPP parliamentarians to become so. RW, no doubt protected the Rajapaksas and his stooges from the uprising of people’s ARAGALAYA movement. RW efeectively throttled this movement. The Unions/students uprisings were brutally suppressed. The USA + India are standing by RW and not with the people’s wishes.
    While SL became poorer the crooked send the US $ to the rest of the world. The next President should get the stollen wealth back and cancel the pensions of all MPs and allowances to ex-rulers.

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      Naman, you are expecting too much from the next president thinking he can get back the stolen wealth for the citizens. You will see the brutal suppression you describe in order to rob and steal whatever becomes available even then and sell more of national assets. They are not humans, and most of 225 too are only residents of hell. Major Fonseka has the guts against murderers.

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    I hope Nimal F noted kaputa’s latest crowing. Pohutuwas will go on a deceptive merry-go-round and eventually support Ranil, believing only Ranil will save them!

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    Who brought the economic crisis to the Country?
    a) Rajapaksa family rule from 2019 to July 2022.
    b) Past Economic policies of UNP and SLFP
    c) Ethnic policies.
    d) Corruption, Misuse of Power, Political Coups.
    If you select (a)
    What happened to Rajapaksas in July 2022?
    Aragalaya movement Protest against Rajapaksa family rule. People gave full support to Aragalaya. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned, President Gotabaya escaped from the country and resigned. Ranil becomes Prime Minister and Ranil was elected as President by Rajapaksa Family Owned SLPP MPs. Aragalaya Movement was forced to removed by President Ranil.
    Did any one was brought to justice who was responsible for this economic crisis?
    No.
    Did anyone who protested against those who brought economic crisis?
    Yes.
    Why Aragalaya Punished by Ranil?
    Why Rajapaksas not Punished Ranil?

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      So, whatever happened to the fullsupport of the people for the Aragalaya?

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    The author has simply put forward a simple example of a dictator.
    “Prez. RW, stated, “I managed to defer or postpone some debt after talking to creditors.” “I am undertaking a dangerous challenge……I accept this challenge for our nation.”
    “I had a comprehensive work plan and a deep understanding of other nations’ strategies to emerge from similar crises”

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      What have these utterances, not profound in any way, to do with being a dictator?
      We have heard similar from heads of government considered respectably democratic.

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    “A new leader with clean hands”. We will all welcome her/ him, without doubt, if she or he will solve the economic problems and the ethnic crisis. If Anura is indicated, then questions have to be asked as to whether he is “new” and has “clean hands”. This is something that has to be analysed. He does inherit a past and he is not entirely new as her served in the cabinet of the Bandit Queen. He was also instrumental in unwinding the merger of the NorthEast. Still, he could be the man if he can indeed solve the economic crisis by disclosing a programme as to how he would do this and suggest a meaningful solution to the ethnic crisis. He has not been forthcoming on either. Instead, the old slogan of “system change” is doled out. What system change? From democracy to autocracy? Merely changing personnel or dealing with corruption is not system change.

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    I am not a Ranil supporter but this Ranil bashing is becoming rather tiresome. Let’s face it, Ranil inherited the mess. Previously, slimy Sirisena undermined the govt. in power, the UNP, at every stage but nobody talks about it. Things may not be rosy yet but considering the low SL was in, the situation is much better. Did anyone came out with a better plan & would have done better?

    The conclusion is ” Sri Lanka needs a new leader with clean hands and a broad vision to rescue the country from bankruptcy and hence lead the country to prosperity”. RW may have turned a blind eye to corruption & even saved his political friends & foes but he can’t be accused of corruption. Ranil says he has a vision & a plan for economic recovery, which may have holes, so what is the vision & the rescue plan of the ‘new’ leader?

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      Raj-UK, you area absolutely right!
      This “system change” slogan has gone far too long without any clarity from AKD but the people, especially the younger generation, has clung to it as if it is ‘manna from heaven’!
      Ranil is definitely not corrupt and we can see that from what is happening in the country today. He will lambast the judiciary but he will not remove judges on false accusations as his predecessor did to Justice Shirani B. Judges are human and they may err and that is to be expected. Ranil is doing now what he could not do during the Yahapalanya regime when slimy Sirisena blocked him during Cabinet meetings. Ranil bashing is going at a rate since JVP/NPP is good in social media and they know how to influence and brain wash the public.
      The future of the country is now in the hands of the people who can see through all these negative propaganda and vote wisely.

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        Rathnavali
        Thank you for your insightful analysis of the Sri Lankan political landscape.

        We must recognize the immense challenge RW faces as he assumes power during one of Sri Lanka’s most challenging times, endeavoring to steer the economy forward amidst precarious circumstances.

        One small misstep could have severe repercussions, impacting both RW personally and the entire nation. Consider, for example, if RW decides to prosecute Mara for the crimes committed against our country, there would undoubtedly be significant public backlash. Even unexpected quarters like the JVP might join in, accusing RW of unfairly targeting a national figure—a scenario that wouldn’t be surprising.

        Similarly, if RW opposes figures like Adani, Modi could exploit this to disrupt our fragile stability, potentially leading to RW’s departure.

        This paints a picture of RW navigating a complex chess game, contending with multiple players each with their own agendas. Adding to the complexity, his own party is divided, with Sajith pursuing personal ambitions.

        It’s nothing short of a miracle that RW has managed to maintain equilibrium amidst these challenges and still advance towards national stability.

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      Hello Raj-UK,
      ” RW may have turned a blind eye to corruption & even saved his political friends & foes but he can’t be accused of corruption”. Surely that is also corruption?
      Let’s have a look at what I knew for certain about Margaret Thatcher’s (and her son Mark’s) corruption. I worked for the IT Company mentioned in this article so know much of the background. Some very high-ups in the US Government were also involved.
      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/sep/20/uk.freedomofinformation
      Margaret Thatcher was instrumental in obtaining many contracts through Mark Thatcher in EDS https://squallmagazine.com/f/f15-08-eds.html
      And also in the USA Rumsfeld helped EDS with Defence contracts https://www.nextgov.com/people/2001/04/dod-pay-system-hangs-in-balance/217563/
      So even the UK Prime Ministers can get involved in Corruption and I won’t mention “Dodgy Dave”
      Best regards

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        LS
        I don’t think anyone is trying to portray RW as a saint. However, the undeniable truth is that he has significantly contributed to Sri Lanka by stabilizing the economy. When the country faced dire situations, RW took on the responsibility and delivered results.

        Others who were offered the same role fled, avoiding accountability. Now that the situation has improved, they shamelessly emerge to make noise. Moreover, RW originally came to power through Mara’s party, and most MPs are affiliated with it. Can we expect them to remain passive if RW moves against Mara and his associates?

        RW’s task is incredibly challenging. As I mentioned earlier, he must navigate balancing the needs of the country, the public, politicians, and the international community, all without a substantial political base. Essentially, he is functioning as an administrator for now. If he secures enough votes and wins the election, then he may wield enough authority to pursue wrongdoers.

        As a foreigner, you may not fully grasp this, but it’s a fact that many crucial government positions are still occupied by Mara’s appointees, strategically placed to shield Mara and his family during times like these. These individuals are corrupt and remain fiercely loyal to Mara.

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          Hello Human Touch,
          I am sure you are right about the protection given by by SLPP (and others) MPs to MARA. For a number of years I tried to convince my wife and some Family members of how corrupt the Rajapakses were. I also predicted that Sirisena would win in 2015. Slowly they changed their minds, however the crunch came with the Crisis and the Organic Farming debacle. Now they blame all Politicians ( I joke sometimes about throwing all 225 into the Mahawelli Ganga) but theirs is an over reaction to the reality of how they have been duped in the past. Unfortunately no-one has an alternative to the IMF intervention (even the NPP/JVP) that will bring about any growth in the economy.
          We shall see after the Election (if it happens) what lessons have been learned.
          Best regards

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    My wish for Sri Lanka is that come election time, all the rotten scum be wiped out once and for all.

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    “Previously, slimy Sirisena undermined the govt. in power, the UNP, at every stage but nobody talks about it.”

    People are talking about Slimy Sirisena, corrupted Rajapaksa family and their associates but Ranil is the man who refuse to talk about them and protecting them. Ranil can also talk about Bonds scam.

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