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Sri Lanka Is Still In Deep Trouble, With Or Without Ranil

By Vishwamithra

“We are our choices” ~ Jean Paul Sartre

Ranil Wickremesinghe

What has imperilled Sri Lanka is not only the wrong policies adopted by the successive governments that ruled us since Independence in 1946. Not only our leaders, one after the other, who sacrificed good governance and prudent economic management for temporary political power and instant greed-satisfaction are responsible. Selfless governance and magnanimous statesmanship were never a part of our leaders’ repertoire. A national economy solely dependent on export of tea, rubber and coconut could have been alluring to a colonial power whose superior military power such as that of the British Empire. 

But the end of the second world war and the resultant collapse of the British Empire, saw a dawn of another irreversible social process at a global level. That social process, mainly centered on the Indian Subcontinent, by intentional strategizing by the departing ‘masters’, created many countries that did not exist at the time. Directly as a result of India gaining independence, a country called Pakistan was born for the first time in history. The British masters were not only departing physically from her colonial empire, they were leaving behind a very gruesome and unforgivable legacy behind. What was practiced as a textbook method of colonial rule via a professional British Civil Service, especially in India and Ceylon, a local ruling regime consisting of English-educated and enslaved by non-military bonds, this civil service, in addition to being a very practical and ultra-elitist method of civil governance, made it exceedingly hard for the average chena cultivator who was born hundreds of miles away from the supra-class educational institutes in the country even to relate to the simplest of governmental procedures such as obtaining a gun permit.

Not only some new countries were born by way of absurd and arbitrary drawing of lines on the global map, giving birth to countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh; even Hong Kong over which People’s Republic of China had full ownership claims was established under the British authority. In terms of the propaganda machine of the Soviet Union, and slavishly followed by our own left-wing leaders, in the Asian continent alone, with the evaporation of the British colonialism, a new warfare founded on financial dominance was waged by the western developed world subjecting lesser stable nations to dependency on international funding agencies. They are, among others, International Bank of Reconstruction and Development, commonly known as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the current savior of Lanka and Asian Development Bank, all whose deciding members are the high priests of western capitalism. Our left-wing leaders of yesteryear also preached from atop the political platform that following the recommendations issued by these international lending agencies would lead to further enslavement of our economy to the western developed world. From the recent experience our land went through such predictions were not all that inaccurate. 

What was once called by the Soviet Union as financial imperialism headed by the United States of America came to influence the so-called underdeveloped countries for a long period of time until the People’s Republic of China began stretching her own financial limbs, especially across the African continent and some of the Asian nations. The prime examples of the Asian subjects are Sri Lanka and the Maldives. However, the Chinese would not have eaten into our societal life had there not been so flagrantly corrupt and dishonest politicians in charge of distributing the funds so claimed by our government. That is the legacy of the Rajapaksas. In addition to the debt trap was also featured in no unmitigated fashion was the open ransacking of the country’s resources. The monies so taken as debt were openly abused and pocketed by the politicians close to the Rajapaksas and the former first family itself.

The deep abyss that the country faced in the past few months was no accident; nor was it imposed on us by China or other lending institutions. The abyss was created by our leaders and to find a way to get out of it too was our leaders’ responsibility. We have gone to the IMF sixteen (16) times and none of them were pleasant. But in all those sixteen times we managed to pay back our loans, at least the interest component, without fail. Inability to pay the interest made us bankrupt. A national disgrace visited us and it was no cause for celebration. Uncontrollable inflation took ahold of our economic life and the country’s President had to flee his land. 

The call from those so-called western developed countries, specifically the USA, was for accountability and transparency, especially in the context of democratic principles of sociopolitical life of the people. Aragalaya and its leadership made sure of that. But since Ranil Wickremesinghe ascended the throne even the USA is mute. Imposition of draconian laws in order to curb the free expression of thought and action  does not seem to be any concern of the so-called champion of freedom of expression, movement and all the nine yards.

This conspicuous silence on the part of the USA and her Ambassador has given rise to many a conspiracy theory. Is the USA in bed with Ranil Wickremesinghe and planning a geopolitical maneuver to corner China. India would not be an inactive spectator in such a scenario either. Yet China is still not quite amenable to the restructuring of her lending to Sri Lanka. At the same time China’s stranglehold on the Colombo Port City in addition to Hambantota harbor is hard and solid. The China-syndrome that the Rajapaksas created is not going away in a hurry.

One is reminded of what Dudley Senanayake, the then leader of the Opposition in the early nineteen sixties used to warn the people in the country about the unusual  activities of Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka. Sirimavo Bandaranaike chose to throw nasty remarks at Dudley and said that Dudley finds Chinese under his bed. China has come a long long way from the nineteen sixties. Today China is the only world power who could compete with USA on any field. Armed to the teeth with military, economic and financial power, China today is a threat to any west-dominated sociocultural dynamic. Both India and USA have vested interests intermingled with the current crisis Sri Lanka is faced with.

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s rise to the Presidency and his sustenance in that seat may be vicariously connected to both India and USA. Both the SJB and NPP may not be aware of this ironic phenomenon. Even if they are, they might be too weak in stature and ability to counter such a powerful sociopolitical force, palpably squeezed by Ranil Wickremesinghe but for all its measures strategized and enacted by our closest neighbor India and the distant patriarch USA.

Ranil Wickremesinghe may be the most unfriendly and politically infertile person in the world, but he is no chicken when it comes to dirty and uncouth maneuverings in the field. The writer does not wish to squander his time and energy in bashing this charlatan anymore than necessary. The country’s sociopolitical landscape is being re-architectured thanks mainly to the dismal performance of its economy, a performance engineered by each and every government elected since Independence and greatly accelerated by the Rajapaksas in the last couple of decades. Nevertheless, it took a near-total collapse of our economy and a brave and determined lot of youth who came out in hundreds of thousands to the Galle Face Green during the formative months of the Aragalaya to prove to the rest of the country that no single political party or no single political leader is solely responsible for the debacle. 

It has been a debacle engineered by the ruling class, the so-called elite of the elite that ruled the country from 1948 to the present day; they consumed our national rootage, raped our natural beauty and made money and extracted every ounce of what they could extract from our national coffers. Modern day institutions such as the World Bank, IMF and the Asian Development Bank are mere tools used and abused by our politicians, not to enrich the country’s dwindling treasures but to enhance their own personal wealth.

Adam Smith outlined the parameters of Capitalism and defined it in his own terms yet known to mankind at the time. The factors of production as illustrated by Smith are Land, Labor, Capital and Enterprise and each of these factors had its own reward. Rent for land, wages for labor, interest for capital and profit for enterprise. When Marxism-Leninism was practiced after the 1917 Russian Revolution, Lenin’s collectivization program did not provide for ‘profit’ as a reward for enterprise. When there is no incentive for profits to be made, entrepreneurship dies, period. Yet it took almost one whole century for the Russian Revolution to fail and today Russia under Putin and China under Xi Jinping are far too divorced from the original works of Marx’s worker’s paradise. 

Lenin and Mao may not be with us anymore; nor are their failed theories and grand experiments. But a fast developing technological revolution has placed mankind on a moving platform of an ever-changing social paradigm. The challenges are far more sophisticated than one could wrap his hands around any one of those marvelous technological creations. Sri Lanka, after being on the brink of total collapse, may be trying hard to step back from that abyss. But Ranil Wickremesinghe surrounded by the same click of rogues and nincompoops can hardly think of any recovery. His only choice is to get rid of the Pohottuwa gang. But that gang is sustaining him and that is a choice he does not have.

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

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  • 22
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    From independence onward Sinhalese arrogated everything for themselves at the expense of Tamils and Muslims. They squandered the national resources and borrowed to the hilt. They had a boru show of prosperity until the lenders started knocking at the door? Unable to pay even the interest on those massive loans, they declared bankruptcy.
    They drove out hundreds of thousands of Tamils from the country for decades so that they can eat the whole cake themselves. Now, with only crumbs left, they even have to export monkeys for a living. What karma this is!

    Now Sri Lanka is a failed state: In other words the citizens don’t have a functioning state they can be proud of. They need a brand new state to give them all fair lives in their land of birth – and aragalaya was born.

    Ranil came along and made it a still-birth or burried it alive, surrounded himself with the same old blood sucking leeches and the armed forces, and showing his color as an authoritarian putting down any call for creating a new state which is fair to all!
    So, in a way people are stateless: remember they made the hard working estate population stateless once they gained power in their hands.

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      “Sri Lanka Is Still In Deep Trouble, With Or Without Ranil”
      That’s what Ranil himself says, so what’s new, Vishwa?
      “They are, among others, International Bank of Reconstruction and Development, commonly known as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the current savior of Lanka and Asian Development Bank, all whose deciding members are the high priests of western capitalism. “
      So, Vishwa, what is your alternative? Is it Cabral’s Way, ie, borrow from all and sundry while spending all the reserves? Beg, if possible, from countries such as Qatar, on the premise that they are “old friends”.? Sri Lankans may have forgotten, but Qatar hasn’t forgotten that its Qatar Foundation was designated as a “terrorist outfit” by the SL government not long ago.
      Ali Sabry has much to say on the matter:
      https://www.youtube.com/live/KutBGvOj9dk?feature=share

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        old codger

        Belated Happy new year wishes.
        I have been thinking (?).
        All these years Northern Media (Tamil) chose not to report everything that is happening in the South. Similarly Southern media chose not to report Northern news to their Sinhala speaking readership.

        For a change I found a recent youtube video which is discussing what the saffron thugs along with members of state institutions misuse their powers destroy hindu temples, under archaeological pretext continues to grab lands, humiliate hindu devotees, …. ……
        Exceptional
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho-NU3w3FaI

        Buddhism misused!

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          Native,
          I wonder when the JVP , which is said to be honest and principled, will say something like that? On the other hand, here is Nalinda Jayatissa, one of the JVP “intellectuals” making an absolute fool of himself when talking about foreign remittances:
          https://www.youtube.com/live/UtT8lAdy2B8?feature=share
          🤣🤣

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            old codger

            Nalinda wants to work with all countries, he mentions a few names except Hindia. Did he deliberately miss India?
            By the way I watched only 10 minutes out of 28, he forced to me to yawn. What he is talking about is directly taken from JVP’s “OUR VISION Policy Framework” https://www.jvpsrilanka.com/english/publications/ebooks/ (2014).

            Anything new?

  • 2
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    Sri Lanka Is Still In Deep Trouble, With Or Without Ranil

    Poverty reduction strategy papers are prepared in all low-income countries intending to borrow from the IMF, when funds are received this does not bring tourist or increase harvest or solve shortage medicine issues, what is the mechanism policies to put in from the panel to the policies that are more clearly focused on economic growth and poverty reduction and, as a result of better national ownership, more consistently implemented.

  • 17
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    Vishwamithra:
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    “His only choice is to get rid of the Pohottuwa gang. But that gang is sustaining him and that is a choice he does not have.”
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    That is the gist of the problem. Ranil is under the control of a Mafia desperate to cling to power.

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      Thanks dear “Ajay Sundara Devan”,
      .
      Thanks for your consistency, and clear thinking. However, you must take account of the mental retardation of the guys who were once opposed to the Rajapaksas, yet now regard them all with favour.
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      It was NV who first provided the link to this 100 second video.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy19RgQvkTQ&t=59s
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      Please see it, but pardon me for having initially said the Ali Sabry is in an obscure corner. However, what I said is true in terms of body language. It is MaRa who is in control.
      .
      Mentally retarded admirers of Ranil are capable of saying that we must now support “poor Ranil” who is now forced to rely on the Pohottuwa because people like us remain consistently opposed to Tyranny and Injustice.
      .
      Here’s a man who is doing all that he can to counter racism and terrorism:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyrcOt5GEBY Anura Disanayake | 21.04.2023
      .
      Twenty-seven minutes just hours ago. By now, I tend to skip the first five minutes. AKD is a reliable guide, not a guy who wants personal veneration.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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    One and only country that is backbone less in the world is Sri Lanka. A person ran away from this country after massacring thousands of Sinhalese came back again with 69 million votes after the Easter Bomb which killed hundreds of innocent civilians ran away again without a minute of thinking about people still enjoying all the maximum benefits of one percent that is available for Banda or Ismail or Suppiah and his family still people are ready to bring back them again without a common thinking. Still Only focus of the people is how to eliminate Supiah and Ismail from this country rather than standing on their feet.

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      “A person ran away from this country after massacring thousands of Sinhalese”
      Who I wonder.

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        SJ,
        ““A person ran away from this country after massacring thousands of Sinhalese”
        Who I wonder.”
        You are wondering still, because the Narrative is wrong or incorrect!!!???
        It is true he ran away from the country, but returned to the Island after nearly 8 weeks as none else wanted his residency in their country???
        Probably, now you are in a better position to solve the matter!!!
        Wish GOOD LUCK!!

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          None seemed to fit “ran away from this country after massacring thousands of Sinhalese” hence my question.
          Don’t you think that erroneous qualifiers destroy the identity?

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    (Part !)
    Vishwa,
    “However, the Chinese would not have eaten into our societal life had there not been so flagrantly corrupt and dishonest politicians in charge of distributing the funds so claimed by our government. That is the legacy of the Rajapaksas. In addition to the debt trap was also featured in no unmitigated fashion was the open ransacking of the country’s resources. The monies so taken as debt were openly abused and pocketed by the politicians close to the Rajapaksas and the former first family itself.”
    YES, THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WOULD BE SWORN BY CONCERNED! YOU KNOW WHO???
    Then, apologise and seek, pardon to misdemeanour!!! The PLOY of all Rotten politicians!! Naive Masses ‘buy’ silly excuse!!?? Rogues multiplying!!!??
    The Past “Leading Man” of Highest Court had the Gumption sought to be pardoned from this misdemeanour from General Public at 2015 election!!??
    Consider this as misdemeanour – NOT discharging his duties is JOKE BY THE HIGHEST IN THEDICIARY!!!??? Isn’t it, sheer and utter Negligence of one’s Duties in upholding the constitution and legal frame work in the Hambantota Tsunami Fund Case!!! He was a Sanctimonious cow and so was then first citizen!!??
    (TBC)

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    (Part II)
    The Chinese had been considerate with Sri Lanka, providing Grants and low interest loans from 1952, R-R pact signed during Sir Johns’ time supplying Rubber in exchange Rice – BARTER??!!?? BMICH WAS GRATIS, SUPREME COURT PREMISES TOO!!??? Robbing started post post 2009/10 period onwards, Commercial interest started when, ‘SYSTAMIC ESCALATING CONTRACT PRICES TO ACCOMMODATE 20% COMMISSION for the Family and high and Mighty!!!
    So they are and should be held responsible!!!???

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    Vishwa,
    Let’s not forget we would not have an ex-President, being the “TOP NOTCH” Billionaire of SL, if not for the MARAUDING GRAND LOOTERS AND ‘HIGHWAY’ – TO READ AS RENOVATING – ROBBER Barons, ALI BABA AND 40 THEIEVES!!??
    He may become generous, being ‘people friendly and Baby Hugging elite’ and decide to settle all 46 Billion USD debt, in one “GRAND SLAM” from his personl wealth, which according to a U-tuber claim exceeds total SL foreign debt??!!
    He is a GREAT PATRIOT and NATIONALIST!!!
    Therefore have great expectations, he will embark on GRAND SLAM in order to elect his progeny to the highest office atleast, if not for self-Glory!!!???

  • 0
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    MARANATHA- That is our only hope.

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    “Not only some new countries were born by way of absurd and arbitrary drawing of lines on the global map, giving birth to countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh; even Hong Kong over which People’s Republic of China had full ownership claims was established under the British authority.”
    Man needs to do some serious study of political geography.Arbitrary lines in the Middle East by Amglo French occupiers is well known. That was how sub Saharan Africa was carved up.
    Pakistan was not by arbitrary lines, but an avoidable partition.
    Nepal was for long there as an entity.
    What People’s Republic of China when Hong Kong was seized by Britain, which later secured New Territories ‘on lease’?

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      How nations were born? Not at god’s will
      How nation states were born, even in Europe? Were they not artificial creations?
      At the end of second world war, the victors decided to consolidate their victors justice and made non- interference of sovereign countries as corner stone of international peace. Apart from African countries, Australia, New Zeeland, Canada including Sri Lanka were western colonial creations when gun ruled the world.
      Now, the west is struggling to consolidate their victory by peaceful means by lecturing about democracy, human rights to maintain their dominance with NATO in America and Europe and QUAD in IN Asian regions.

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        “Now, the west is struggling to consolidate their victory by peaceful means”
        Nice to know that it was exactly what the West did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya.
        Thanks.
        Perhaps why they are are still sending only cash and weapons and not their forces to Ukraine,.

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          You had become an apologist of the west like all other dead leftists. The final resting place of all dead leftist is in the hands of erstwhile enemies.

          The west used their military muscle in Iraq, Libya and Syria. But when it came to powerful countries like Soviet Union , China and India or any other country that annoy them, they use soft power with talks of Democracy and human rights.

          They want others to do thetheir dirty job. What they are doing in Ukraine, India , Sri Lanka and so on ,they want others to defend themselves, of course with American assistance.
          QUAD is a recent example where they want to outsource This dirty tasls and take all risks to Japan , Australia and India to be proxies and expanding NATO into Eastern Europe solely to threaten Russia and too their interests.
          If only you remove your red broken glasses and use your own naked eyes!

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            “You had become an apologist of the west”
            Have you heard of something called sarcasm or satire.
            The utterance “Now, the west is struggling to consolidate their victory by peaceful means” is characteristic of an an apologist of the West.
            Having to write a long explanations to say what you meant, is a measure of thoughtfulness in one’s utterances.
            You are PATHETIC.
            I will not waste time on your explanation even though it is highly flawed.

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        Ranil is not the solution.
        Ranil is only postponing a solution.

  • 11
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    United States of America came to influence the so-called underdeveloped countries for a long period of time until the People’s Republic of China began stretching her own financial limbs, especially across the African continent”
    The US simply too over from the European colonial masters who lost their grip in the 1960s and 70s. But it like its colonial predecessors did nothing to develop Africa economically. Africa was only a source of mineral resources. There is no Chinese financial capital operating in Africa. (The author does not seem to know the difference between development financing and financial capital.)
    Even now the US is only interested in setting up military bases while China is developing infrastructure and even industry.
    China is not there to do charity, but Africa is gaining something unlike in the preceding two centuries.
    “The prime examples of the Asian subjects are Sri Lanka and the Maldives. However, the Chinese would not have eaten into our societal life…”
    Has our social life been encroached upon by the Chinese? Perhaps in Kollupitiya where one sees several Chinese stores and restaurants..

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      China has no place in SL
      Nor the indian ocean territory.

      SL has to be closer to India
      and work together with India
      For sustainable develooment and security.

      China has demonstrated that they could be aggressive to achive their objective.

  • 4
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    As long as punitive action is not taken against those who have inflicted immeasurable damage to the Sri Lankan economy, we will never move forward as a Nation. We appear to have forgotten that the incumbent head of state swept into power in 2015 on the back of promises to bring such crooks to book. Today, he is in cahoots with the very same unscrupulous thieves. What hope do the youth of this country have, and what example are we setting them ?

    • 0
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      Appa Vedda still doing Appa politics!!!!???

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    Ha. SL cannot exist without RW. BS. SL will be better off without 225 +1. Problem is with lower literate who think these idiots are the solution.

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    In other words, country Partition is on the cards via Ranil.

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    Blaming the imperialsts is no good. They were wise to recognise the leading Sinhala families and cultivate them. Power continued in the hands of these Sinhala families. If you look at their ge names you will find their lineage. They retain power. On the UNP side, they belonged to the same family. On the SLFP there were two families, Bandaranaikes and Rajapakses. Their underlings ruled using the Sinhala Buddhist card with the help of the “Maha” Sangha, also caste based. This system of patronage and corruption has continued. We have no hope unless we can get rid of this lot.

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      “Blaming the imperialists is no good.”
      So, did DSS take them for a thundering ride?

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      All these Ge names also prove that these leading so-called Sinhala families have a recent South Indian immigrant origin, yet they all became Pure Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist patriots, who beat the anti-Tamil drum and the Sinhalese Buddhist card

  • 7
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    Mr V, you keep writing the obvious and do not suggest the ways to get the country out of all ills. The “Other” countries interested in SL find it easier to deal with corrupt rulers rather than genuinely patriotic politicians.
    Me V should be contributing to pass a new constitution for the country.
    Never talks about the minority issues
    Sad

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      “genuinely patriotic politicians”
      Where does one find them?

  • 9
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    ”Sri Lanka Is Still In Deep Trouble, With Or Without Ranil”
    Certainly, let me put it simply in an analogy the way I see it. We were told of a land of milk & honey by MR but needed the assistance of the Chinese to get there, just that, MR failed to mention the path was through a dangerous quagmire. When we realised it, we dumped MR & turned to a duo to guide us but the leader, slimy Sira, had no clue. His deputy, RW, was aware &, perhaps, tried his best to avoid the ‘quicksand’ but with Sira obstructing him, was soon lost in the wilderness. So, we turned to an assumed Military strategist that happened to be the brother of the leader who initiated the dangerous path but he turned out to be hopelessly inept & quickly handed the reigns to the only man who would save his (& his clan’s) bacon, RW, once again. Though not ideal, RW maybe the best out of an incompetent bunch in the current circumstances. Unfortunately, we have been slowly sinking in the mud, maybe not realising it was quick sand, & now we find ourselves up to the neck & sinking deeper by the day. Fortunately, RW was able to persuade the IMF to throw a lifeline. However, a single lifeline is not enough to get us out & getting out from quicksand is whole new ball game needing several lifelines
    Cont.

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      Cont.
      The IMF may lose patience & withdraw the life line, the line itself may break or slip through the fingers, therefore, we cannot be holding on to the given lifeline for long. Now, new leaders are emerging who are confidant of getting out of this quicksand without a lifeline. We all know that once in the quicksand, unless expert on surviving quicksand, any rash action will only pull us down more quickly.

      It would be extremely difficult to get out on our own without a lifeline from outside. We had too much faith on incompetent & corrupt politicians, blind to what was happening around us but now that we are in this critical situation, we need to make intelligent decisions, not assumptions on the integrity of our politicians & promises, which are nothing but ‘pie in the sky’ without supported by facts & figures.

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      Dear Raj-UK,
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      The three comments
      that you addressed to me on the 16th, came from your heart. I have submitted a comment here, a few minutes ago:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/imf-forecasts-systemic-crisis/
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      I have submitted many serious comments there. Ethical values are difficult to analyse, but for me the work of Immanuel Kant is important. The Utilitarian approach of John Stuart Mill is necessary in some instances, but I have found “old codger” advocating it to the exclusion of all else. For me, that just won’t do.
      .
      I have not been able to study this article by Vishwamithra with sufficient care. As we agreed last week, we can’t study all that is relevant, and I am certainly no whiz-kid at 74.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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      “We were told of a land of milk & honey by MR but needed the assistance of the Chinese to get there”
      Were we? By whom? When?
      Your yarn will not spin.

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    All that Ranil has done today is to start opening the door for Sri Lanka to borrow more money. Even the forecast he submitted to IMF cannot be considered a dependable true document as in the first Budget itself what he has provided could not be delivered – for example funding the LG election. So what has he achieved, all that he has achieved in addition to what I have stated above is to provide protection to the Rajapaksa family, pave way for a dual citizen Basil to come back, sent home Gotabaya, and used State Terrorism violating the rights provided to the citizen in the constitution. He has now started going through the cabinet for action that need not have cabinet approval only because he is scared that when he is no more the President one will file a legal action against him. He knows very well that he is a “back door” president who does not have the citizens’ mandate. Unfortunately, he does not realize that he has the golden opportunity of being in a position to dissolve the parliament, and that alone will provide him adequate power to control SLPP members in the Parliament. If he is an honest independent neutral President, he would have appointed a small cabinet through the Constitutional Council and not at the advice of the Rajapaksa family.

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      “All that Ranil has done today is to start opening the door for Sri Lanka to borrow more money.”
      Ranil is just the gatekeeper.
      Our political leaders are so bankrupt that any other gatekeeper would have done just the same, some rather awkwardly.
      Does anyone of them have the courage to declare “If elected we will nullify aspects of the IMF deal that hurt the people”, let alone cancelling the whole deal?

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        SJ,
        That will never happen, whoever is elected to government and Presidency!!! Even AKD!!!???
        We will hear the normal excuse, each and every one of those scoundrels so elected, after election proclaiming, “It cannot be done for this reason or another”!!!
        AKD will not be an exception!!!
        All the SWEET STORIES ELAPSE POST ELECTION!!! THAT IS THE REALITY!!???
        DAY DREAMING!!??

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    The fact is that horrible things have been done by the so-called respectable people in Sri Lanka. “Every farthing of the cost, all the dreaded cards foretell, shall be paid.”
    .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVUFz0lyGxs
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    I think that will open; if it doesn’t try this:
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    https://youtu.be/xVUFz0lyGxs
    .
    But it wasn’t only here.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgBnPwklg6U
    .
    We would like to now deny that these things ever happened, but we cannot! Chomsky is still there to remind us that unless we feel remorse for what we have done, we will lose all that marks us humans off from the rest of fauna as something special.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgBnPwklg6U
    .
    When, oh when will this end?
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe

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      SM
      I won’t presume to teach English writing to a teacher, but will give you a hint:
      Don’t use dozens of links to prove points.Watch what you want yourself , and tell us yourself in as few words as possible.

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        Also, please don’t tell us about the time in Bandarawela, your NIC number, inside leg measurement or any other irrelevant matter. Good heavens man where will it end? Soon you will be broadcasting about your OBE and general health.

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          Svenson@
          That is his idiosyncratic nature.
          Substance of the comment is secondary to him but NIC and other details incl. How many times he goes to his littleboy room 🤔 etc.

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    When, oh when will THIS end?

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    May I ask the most ‘SILLY’ question!????
    Why didn’t anyone ask MaRa, “How and when are we going to pay all the Chinese loans” he was taking at random, for projects that had NO RoI (Return on Investment)???
    They were gutless or part of ‘MaRa and Clan’ trying to share the Cake!!!!???
    If they had done that then, we won’t be having this discussion Now!!!???
    USUAL EXCUSE – WHITE VAN THREAT!!!???
    THEY HAVE THE GUMPTION, THOUGH TO QUESTION, A PERSON THEY IDENTIFY AS EVIL NOW!!!???
    Utter Stupidity of the highest order!!!???

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    Ministry of Defence staff that were there during the white van episodes /forced disappearances are still in place and hence people aren’t courageous to speak up in open

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