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The 43 Brigade & Its Manifesto: How Should The Electorate Take It?

By W.A. Wijewardena –

Dr. W.A Wijewardena

The manifesto of the 43 Brigade

The 43 Brigade led by Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka, known to electorate as Champika, released its manifesto of economic rescue and thrive two weeks ago in Colombo. This manifesto should be read with a detailed interview which Champika has given to Abisheka Fernando of SL VLOG recently because it is a commentary on what has been presented earlier.

Given the catastrophic economic crisis which Sri Lanka is facing today, it is timely that 43 Brigade has chosen to address the people through a manifesto. The other political parties, including the powerful government party, are yet to come up with such policy manifestos. Hence, the policy document, titled Rescue and Thrive, released by 43 Brigade is the forerunner and the other political movements are expected to follow it.

Kannangara revolution of 1943 is still evolving

According to the website of 43 Brigade, the brigade is made up of those Sri Lankans who were nourished and nurtured by the Kannangara Revolution of 1943 that offered ‘personally non-paying education’ – misquoted as free education – to fellow countrymen. Prior to that, education in Ceylon had been an exclusive prerogative limited to a select elite class. The Kannangara Revolution laid the foundation for a new era, carried forward by another revolution that took place in 1956 but solidified by the educational reforms of Dr. Badiuddin Mahamud in 1960s under Sirimavo Bandaranaike governments.

The establishment of Maha Vidyalayas throughout the island to supplement the central college system initiated under the Kannangara revolution caused education to be truly inclusive enabling thousands of young men and women to attain high education qualifications. These young intellectuals coming from different social strata and geographical locations were able to rise in the social ladder which economists call social mobility. Another revolution in Sri Lanka’s education took place after 1977 when the J.R. Jayewardene administration decided to introduce English medium as a co-medium of instruction reverting to the original vision of the Kannangara revolution.

So, the Kannangara revolution is a process, and it is still evolving. Those who are presently involved in the 43 Brigade are not the original products of the Kannangara revolution; nor are they the product of even the Sirimavo Bandaranaike revolution. They are all products nourished and nurtured by the J.R. Jayewardene revolution and blessed with capability to work in at least two languages. The higher echelon of the administration machinery in Sri Lanka is mostly staffed by them. However, this cannot be said about those in the legislature and the executive. Hence, the goal of the 43 Brigade is to hand over the baton of ruling the country to this latter day Kannangara children who are out there, unused or underused, and waiting for an opportunity to make their contribution. It is a bold attempt at weaving a fabric which is inclusive, progressive, and dynamic.

Perilous state of the economy

Sri Lanka’s economy is at present in a perilous state. All macroeconomic signs show that the economy is no more an ailing patient, but in a moribund state. This is partly due to historical inheritance and partly due to the failure of the top policymakers of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration to address the issues effectively and timely. When the budgetary system was gloomy, it was made gloomier by drastically cutting the revenue sources.

The loss of revenue, amounting to about Rs. 500 billion or 3-4% of GDP in each year, was compensated by resorting to using bank borrowings which in turn increased the money stock dramatically by about Rs. 3 trillion or 39%. This was justified by turning to the misplaced wisdom of a breakaway group of economists who called themselves Modern Monetary Theorists. Though the Central Bank has not admitted it openly, its behaviour in the past two years shows that it is not following the traditional monetary theory but this unconventional MMT.

Results of following MMT

This was evident when some policy leaders pronounced in public that money did not affect inflation or currency depreciation. But the result was as expected. It soon led to a worsened external sector position in which foreign reserves fell from $ 7 billion at end 2019 to $ 1.5 billion at end November 2021. By December through some smart accounting, reserves were shown as $ 3.1 billion by adding the proceeds of a Chinese Yuan denominated SWAP facility amounting to about $ 1.6 billion to forex reserves. But what was forgotten was the sharp increase in the negative position of forex assets of the Central Bank and those of the commercial banks.

According to the latest Central Bank data, at end November 2021, Central Bank’s net forex assets were negative at $ 1.6 billion; by December, despite the increase in the gross assets to $ 3.1 billion, the negative position of net assets have increased to $ 1.9 billion. What this means is that the Bank cannot take pride in increasing its gross assets because its foreign liabilities are rising faster than assets.

Creation of a lucrative black market in dollars

When a central bank loses its foreign assets, its ability to intervene in the market and keep the currency at a stable level diminishes. This was exactly what happened to the Central Bank from around early 2021. When the growing dollar shortage in the market could not be recouped by the Central Bank, a lucrative black market sprang up outside the formal banking system increasing the rate to around Rs. 250 per dollar at times. The lack of foreign reserves also created problems for Sri Lanka to honour its foreign debt obligations prompting rating agencies to downgrade Sri Lanka competitively with each other.

While the Central Bank has not yet released its latest foreign reserve position, a statement issued by the private think tank, Pathfinder Foundation, indicates that the usable reserves of the country have now fallen below $ 1 billion. This is to be compared with the foreign debt obligations of Sri Lanka within the next 12 months amounting to about $ 8.7 billion. If Sri Lanka is unable to reissue this debt on maturity, surely Sri Lanka is to fall into a deep abyss needing a quick rescue operation.

Rescuing the economy fallen to an abyss

The 43 Brigade manifesto titled Rescue and Thrive has been issued in this background. What are their rescue operations compared to those of the Gotabaya administration? The latter wants to fix the economy by seeking temporary facilities in small doses from friendly countries and friendly central banks. It is like trying to lift an elephant fallen to a deep agricultural well by tying it to a bullock cart. It is not only ineffective but also causes Sri Lanka to lose valuable time to introduce a permanent solution.

In this background, 43 Brigade proposes a 5-point rescue package to be implemented as a matter of urgency. The first is to fix the budget by increasing revenue and pruning expenditure. According to its manifesto, the Government’s budget plan for 2022 seeks to spend Rs. 5.20 when it earns only Rs. 1.60. This is an overstatement because this spending of Rs. 5.20 includes repayment of domestic debt which can easily be refinanced by issuing new debt. However, it does not mean that the budget is not in a perilous state.

The 43 Brigade proposes to revoke the costly tax concessions offered by the present Government and increase the revenue to 14% of GDP, as it has been targeted earlier, and relieve the strain on the budget. Champika in his interview with Abisheka Fernando says that though it is a bitter medicine, in the current situation, there is no other alternative available. There is a justification for this because the present strategy seeks to finance the budget not by getting people to pay taxes openly but by collecting it by increasing inflation.

Will 43 Brigade seek IMF support?

The second rescue strategy aims at building market confidence by promoting competition, elimination of anti-market regulations, tackling corruption, and helping the market to thrive. The third is to revive the sick economy not by marginal improvements like growing hashish and organic farming but by innovation-based production methods that use high technology. For that purpose, it is proposed to revive the tech city concept which has not received priority from the present administration. The fourth strategy involves the prevention of forex outflow by immediately going for a debt restructuring plan.

Though details have not been given in the manifesto, Champika elaborated on it in his interview with Abisheka Fernando. He said that services of a reputed institution like IMF should be obtained to decide on the structure and method of debt restructuring. The fifth strategy is to improve Sri Lanka’s image by re-democratising the country’s government, governance system, and institutional structure. It is expected to make Sri Lanka a country desired for living and not fleeing. That has also been the foundation for thriving proposed in the manifesto of the 43 Brigade.

Clarifying burning issues

Before laying down the foundation for thriving, the 43 Brigade has spent some time to clarify some of the burning questions that worry most of the Sri Lankans. It says that the open economy system should be continued in preference to the presently advocated closed economy system. State intervention should be done with caution without damaging the economy as it had happened in the old Soviet Union or Cuba. Though the private sector is the engine of growth, it need be regulated appropriately to prevent misallocation of resources.

Economic welfare should be delivered to deserving people. Instead of going for more free trade zones that harness traditional production methods, high tech zones are preferred. The dependence on the low skilled migrant workers for valuable foreign exchange remittances, it is useful to get the professionals to sell their services to foreigners whilst being in Sri Lanka. Bribery and corruption should be recognised as an impediment to growth and eradicated completely.

Culture and religion, instead of treating as an impediment to development, should be used appropriately to enhance the development efforts. Science and technology, whether it is of Western origin or Eastern origin, should be the pillars of economic advancement. As also mentioned in the rescue package, the re-democratisation of Sri Lanka should be done as the final strategy for development.

Proposed strategies are common strategies put forward by all

The last part of the manifesto has been devoted to presenting a wide range of policies to create a new Sri Lanka that merits living in rather than fleeing. They cover democratic governance requirements, national security and foreign policy issues, economy, and agricultural, sustainable, and human development strategies. These are common strategies which every election manifesto lays out for winning voters.

Even the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour which Gota presented to voters at the last presidential election contained a similar policy package. But after the election, they had been either ignored or implemented with amendments. For instance, the conversion of Sri Lanka’s agriculture to organic farming had been proposed to be implemented over 10 years. Yet, in the implementation process, it was done overnight causing significant damage to country’s entire agriculture sector.

Hence, the manifesto that has been presented by 43 Brigade should not suffer from this weakness. To avoid it, what is necessary now is to prepare a detailed time-bound action plan with key milestones to be attained over a 10-year time period. Without such action plans, planning in Sri Lanka in the past has remained just paper documents. The Ten-Year Plan of 1959 and the Five-Year Plan of 1971 are two classic examples.

Need for a time-bound action plan

This action plan need not be disclosed to the public. It could be kept as an internal document frequently updated and revised in the light of emerging local as well as global developments. Each action under the major plan should be supported by funding requirements and sources, so that it could be activated with quick notice. What should be its major theme? Champika in his interview with Abisheka Fernando gave a few clues about it. He said that the future of Sri Lanka belongs to the youth and the youth should be equipped with technical knowhow and skills to take Sri Lanka to the next stage of development.

Specifically, he said that the youth should participate in the development efforts of the country by helping Sri Lanka to join the global production sharing networks. What this means is that Sri Lanka’s development aim right now should be to seamlessly enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, codenamed Industry 4.0. For a country which is still in the Second Industrial Revolution or Industry 2.0, it requires Sri Lanka to leapfrog from 2 to 4 bypassing 3.

In this connection, 43 Brigade can take a valuable lesson from Vietnam which introduced a detailed road map in 2019 to gain the status of Industry 4.0 by 2030. This is not a simple task but a necessary step to be taken to ensure effective implementation. However, there is a caveat to avoid too. By the time the plan is implemented, the world may have gone for the Fifth Industrial Revolution or Industry 5.0. Therefore, sufficient space should be provided in the action plan itself to make a quick conversion to Industry 5.0.

*The writer, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, can be reached at waw1949@gmail.com

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    Another round of taxing Tamils and Muslims to prop up the Sinhala regime, to buy more weapons and repay bonds and loans of Rajapaksas.

    Isn’t this what happened since 1948? Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

    Grant fiscal independence to Tamils and Muslims. Create 3 independent nations within the island for each ethnic group. Then it is fair.

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      “Even the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour which Gota presented to voters at the last presidential election contained a similar policy package.”
      Yes, that is the crux of the matter. This Champika is well known for big talk and self-promotion. What is the guarantee that he will actually carry out his own proposals? He talks of “bitter medicine” and ” pruning expenses”, but, canny politician that he is, he doesn’t mention the two biggest expenses, the bloated public service and the even more bloated armed forces. Will he touch those two sacred cows? I think not, any more than he was willing to take responsibility for that traffic accident a few years ago, or explain his polythene-to-petrol fiasco.

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        OC,

        Has CR genuinely evolved from his Sinhala Urumaya days for people to take him seriously?

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          Chamapaka Ranawake’s statement about Tamil Nadu is incorrect. Indian constitution is quasi-federal and not unitary. Listen to speech by Rahul Gandhi in Indian parliament where he says that Indian constitution states that India is a union of states and is not a single state, and that the country is run by the states. Does this not amount to federalism. He says in 1962 DMK dropped the demand for independence and even now Tamil Nadu is not demanding federalism. This shows his ignorance where his thinking is clouded by racism. DMK dropped the demand for independence because Nehru assured them Hindi will not be imposed on them and English will continue as long as they want them and that each state can conduct business in their own language. Moreover interference in the internal affairs stopped and arbitrary dismissal of state government did not take place. Quasi federal constitution with non interference by the center amounts to federalism and coupled with full economic freedom like attracting FDI without recourse to center and negotiating loans with foreign agencies for which center gives full support makes any demand for further power redundant. (CONTD)

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            (CONTD) Secession depends on the balance of nationalism and economic prosperity and what happened in Scotland and Quebec are good examples where economy outweighed nationalism. At present Tamil Nadu is booming due to remaining within Indian state and no one sensible will like to disrupt it. If Tamil Nadu leaves Indian union, it will lose the leverage on foreign investments looking for large internal market and end up like Srilanka begging for money. In Srilanka it is a different story where Tamils are being subjected to political and economic discrimination and not allowed to prosper, and any referendum for independence will be carried through. If a constitution like India is adopted and interfering in internal matters of Tamils by Sinhalese is stopped, where it will be an advantage for Tamils to live in the same country in safety and dignity, then demand for separation will dry up. Sinhala policy of haphazard development of Tamil areas without substantial power sharing will not work. Quoting what Balendra former Chairman of John keels said “giving pepper corns to a hungry elephant”.

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        old codger,
        “…more bloated armed forces.”

        A result of war declared by racist separatist Tamil politicians in Yapanaya against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation and Tamil terrorism.

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “A result of war declared by racist separatist Tamil politicians in Yapanaya against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation and Tamil terrorism.”

          Listen to this clip:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua9Wt8_ZMoI

          Here is Ranawake talking bull just like you.
          Therefore you should learn to respect people by abiding by the quote “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt” – Maurice Switzer, Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain.

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          Eagle,
          Read and learn:
          “The United States had more than 12 million men and women in the armed forces at the end of World War II, of whom 7.6 million were stationed abroad.[1] The American public demanded a rapid demobilization and soldiers protested the slowness of the process. Military personnel were returned to the United States in Operation Magic Carpet. By June 30, 1947, the number of active duty soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the armed forces had been reduced to 1,566,000.” No pensions were given.
          That was a real war. Our forces had a 10 to 1 advantage. But 13 years later, there are more soldiers than in 2009. It is the war that ruined the country, and is still doing so. Face it, VP may be dead, but he’s the one who won a great victory.

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        Anura promises to remove any unviable state enterprises. They are for reducing the state expenditure also.

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          Siri,
          The armed forces are unviable too, like the state enterprises. He will be very unpopular if he touches either. The trouble is that once theoretically viable state enterprises like CPC are turned into white elephants by unwarranted wage increases and pork barrel politics, it is impossible for even an honest leader to go against now-entrenched interests.

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      Yes, I agree. Jaffna for the Eezham Thamizh, Kotte for the low country Chingkallams and Kandy for the Kandyans, Just like the way it was before the Europeans arrived, Brilliant

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    Champika’s entrance into politics is based on Race and Religious biases. How can people of Sri Lanka, especially those who wish to be treated equally can trust him? He is like GL Pieris, the “monkey politician” who changes his own policies as he jumps from party to party, Champika too has changed his policies for his own personal benefit. He is also a person who has proved beyond doubt that he cannot be trusted as he ran away from a road accident and then when the case was called he admitted himself into a hospital. Do we need politicians like him? He may be smarter than the JVP leader, but he is fundamentally a Racist and cannot be trusted. His support base is Racist Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalists who brand themselves wrongly as Deshapremies.

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      Buddhist 1,
      “His support base is Racist Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalists who brand themselves wrongly as Deshapremies.”

      What do you call the support base of racist separatist Tamil politicians; Traitors?

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      Can the Sinhalese politicians who speak on behalf of the disempowered Sinhalese be called racists-unless they practice racism? Do you know who introduced racism to countries like Sri Lanka and India and other colonies?

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    OC, Even after another 100 years it will be further down the hole. Perpetual misery. Only way we can come out of this hell is to beg India to annex Srilanka. There are no individual/s with the ability to resolve any of the problems we are faced with. They are solely due to corruption and mismanagement

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      Hanchopancha,

      I haven’t seen any Sinhalese calling for SL to become part of the Indian union. I have heard quite a number of Tamils and other minorities say that, but as far as I know, no Sinhalese has called for it until you did. Would you care to elaborate?

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        Agnos,
        It might interest you that JR himself called for an union in the 30’s, but was shouted down by the Senanayakas and others who had their own agendas. So it’s a very old idea, like SWRD’s 3 way federalism.

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        I am quoting Maven:
        “That is the only solution. India has something like a Trillion dollars in foreign reserves, is self-sufficient in food, makes their own cars, bikes and all manner of consumer goods, has a planned energy policy that includes nuclear reactors and a vibrant democracy – we do not have any of these and never will. The British ruled India – extending from Peshawar in the west to the Burmese border in the East from Delhi; if they had included Ceylon, we would naturally have been part of India when they left. Instead, they appointed a separate Governor for Ceylon ( why, I do not know)
        Finally, our buddhist priests will be overjoyed to join the country which is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama” The Lord Buddha who we worship was born in India. Our food, language (originating from Pali) dress, music an practically everything originated in India. We will be strengthening our own roots and one and only way to escape from the eternal misery we are in.

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        What makes you sure that H is Sinhalese?

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          SJ,

          Sinhala_Man once identified Hancho publicly on CT.

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          SJ,
          “What makes you sure that H is Sinhalese?”
          You must thank our resident detective, Sinhala Man for that. It seems H contacted him on the phone.

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      Hancho,
      Yes, good suggestion. China or Singapore would be economically better, but they are so far ahead of us that the cultural shock would be too much.

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        Eagle,
        Why worry? You live in Canada. Or is your boss in Toronto an Indian?

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    When it comes to Lankans ……….. I believe/trust only after the fact …….. once they have demonstrated.

    Hindsight is the only “vista of splendour” I have.

    The only man who rescued the economy in recent times is Ranil Wickramasinghe. He proved himself twice: reduced the price of basic necessities and increased salaries twice and kept it for the entire length of his tenure …….. weren’t just pre-election stunts. ……… His were post-election “stunts” that benefitted the people.

    Anyone care to argue?


    Then he wasn’t good at saving/protecting Buddhism, country, Sinhala-Buddhism, Sinhala-Buddhist lands ………….

    What a despicable character! ……….. hurl abuse ……… I’ll join in ………. then go and join the queue ………..

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      What sustains us …….. through our wretched lives …….. is hope.

      That ……. far far far far in the future …………. someone will save “Sinhala-Buddhism” and the “Sinhala-Country/Nation” …….. now that the people know the Rajapakses, the WIckramasinghes, the Premadasas, the Mahanayakes, the AKDs, the Ganasaras, most of all EE, with his Freud-ian issues …….. aren’t going to do it.

      That ……. far far far far in the future …………. someone will liberate the Tamils and lead them to the Promised Land of Eelam where it’ll be milk and honey from then on ………. now that the only true, honest, principled leader the whole of Lanka ever had in its entire post-independence period, The Right Honourable His Excellency Vellupillai Prabakaran is dead.

      Ah! We all live in hope ……… although living-in-hope is what kills us all in the end.


      The only hope I live with, is that someday I’ll get more gals than Old Codger ….. and I wake up every day thinking …….. this’ll be the day …………

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      nimal fernando

      Does Gota live in real time?

      Where does his mind and soul reside normally?
      The reason is that until 3rd February Gota claimed to be a Sinhala/Buddhist and confirmed and reconfirmed this island is Sinhala/Buddhist country.

      Please read or listen his independence day rambling.
      FULL SPEECH: President Rajapaksa’s address on Independence Day
      https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/02/04/full-speech-president-rajapaksas-address-on-independence-day/

      Let us know what was he trying to convey to the people of the island? Basically what was the message?

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        nimal fernando

        Did you write his independence day speech?
        Or did you arrange Eagle Blind Eye to do it for Gota?

        Good luck next year.

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          Native,

          I warned, before Gota was elected, how it was going to end up.

          I warned that the government would raid people’s bank accounts …….. they printed rupees but raided NRFC accounts. Although I didn’t foresee both in exact terms ……. but raiding bank accounts is what happened.

          They will try to extend the term of government by 2 or 3 years …….. to give more time to loot.

          SL opposition is too weak, full of namby-pamby sissies ……… no iconic figure for people to rally around ……….

          Miss Prabakarn more than ever ………. he is the only real saviour the Sinhalese had …….. to hell with the Tamils, he was fighting more for the Sinhalese …….

          If he was still around …………. no Sinhalese leader would’ve dared to do what they are doing to the Sinhalese now.

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            nimal fernando

            “Miss Prabakarn more than ever ………. he is the only real saviour the Sinhalese had …….. to hell with the Tamils, he was fighting more for the Sinhalese …….”

            VP was the one who crowned Mahinda in 2005 and brought his clan to occupy all important political jobs. He must be laughing in his grave.

            In a way he had taken revenge against the Sinhala/Tamil speaking people, especially the elites on both sides.

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    “…..high tech zones are preferred.”

    Some other country has to dump in a few billion US$$$ to get that going. Who will, unless Russia pummels US and allies, but then there will be war recovery costs. Can’t get back the money from the crypto that GoSL invested in……1-trillionUS$$$ lost already. The WHOLE of Lankan economy+debt has been sunk into the crypto venture.
    _
    Only one entity will make us save face as a nation : JVP-NPP (with some Sajith)! Lanka’s Noble Buddhistic Egalitarian Qualities will surely arise, in the midst of Lankan monetary depression.

    Btw, they have chopped down our ancient Lankan forests to the size of Singapore, to some Singapore conglomerate, and are enticing former Lankans and foreigners to buy them up cheaply, in an attempt to cover debt. 🌳🌴🌲😥

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      Dear Romona
      “Power corrupts , and absolute power corrupts absolutely “
      This is the human frailty. Only death alone would be the game changer. REMEMBER Sadam, Gaddafi they would rather die in a ditch than give up power voluntarily . Power is the most potent drug. This has been proved time and time again in the annals of our human history

      What we need is a person or persons who have greater sense of fairness and charity for all is the need of hour.We can only pray.
      JVP with AKD may be a panacea. Its worth a gamble what alternative we have?

      There is absolutely nothing we can do in my view for course correction
      There is so much evil and hatred in Srilanka , promoted by power hungry people , that ordinary souls are powerless.
      Except writing these lines
      How long one wanders!
      RN

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    What is this “43 Brigade”? Who are in it? When Chaimpika is excluded, there must be another “42” and who are they?

    From time to time these “Road Shows” are staged in plenty. What is wrong with all those “Manifestoes” submitted to people before and during election times. Those are all “Splendor and Prosperity”. Why do all those fail? It is because the “Presenters” of those “Manifestoes” defy and do not honor any of those plans. So it is a matter of WHO are these “Authoritative” persons? That is why we must know the “43”.

    Now even Champika says that he is unable to move forward with “Sajith”. Is he trying another “GAME”? Be AWARE and BEWARE of these types of “MESSIAHS”.

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    Before you judge a man to be a recist look at his track record when in government as a minister. He served MR who upon recognizing PCR’s capabilities and success determined him to be a threat to his family of goons. Then Mahinda began undermining his ministry and in doing so undermined the financial viability of the CEB which was just beginning to turn a profit and slowly repaying its debts. PCR eventually left MR in disgust and joined RW. He served RW who rescued Sri Lanka’s economy twice. As minister of Megapolis he ran an efficient administration and brought into Sri Lanka Japanese aid funded LRT and was involved in the tech city project in Homagama. South Korea wanted to introduce SAMSUNG and HYUNDAI to Sri Lanka thru the Homagama project. Both projects were dismissed by Mahinda the all knowing mutt. The Homagama site was then ear marked for the relocation of the WELIKADA PRISON. This was done to enable the sale of the current property on which a prison sits on to foreigners. Look at the record of both PCR and RW. Are they murders? guilty as sin of mass murder? Are they crooks with no brains to bless themselves with as the Rajapakshes are? The answer is a resounding no and they have a record to prove it of delivering for Sri Lanka. But the Sinhalese a holes do not give a damn. A murderer they shall choose if not the Rajapakshes then the JVP. Both with a track record of spilling blood, one with no brains and the other with no record of having any. You ask for it.

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    Continued.. (Afraid this part my get cutoff)
    Are they crooks with no brains to bless themselves with as the Rajapakshes are? The answer is a resounding no and they have a record to prove it of delivering for Sri Lanka. But the Sinhalese a holes do not give a damn. A murderer they shall choose if not the Rajapakshes then the JVP. Both with a track record of spilling blood, one with no brains and the other with no record of having any. You ask for it.

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    Dear WAW
    I must confess some how I missed Champikas 43 Rd Brigade menifesto launch
    Will study same and comment
    Also on Kanangara Education Revelution.An unparalleled phenomenon to the third world. What an ambitious project, successfully implemented. I am sure we are all the products of that scheme
    Until tomorrow
    RN

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    Patalie Champika Ranawaka, this time armed with the 43 Brigade could knock down all the pedestrians on all the roads island-wide,even those on the Zebra crossing!
    Viyath Maga is now ova……………….
    Saffron brigade is Arava…………….
    43 Brigade is meva…………

    Patalie, it seems believes in HEAVY CURRENT WITH CABLES OF 11KV and 22KV………….

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    It is not true to say that the legislature (and the executive) has no bilingual Lankans(those who speak in ones own language plus English). I can mention some MPs and even ministers who are bilingual. The problem is whether they have any say or power in the nation’s affairs? The deep state is controlled by some who may or may not be bilingual. Mahinda for example is trilingual. Moreover, how far are JR’s bilinguals different from the other Lankans who benefitted from kannangara reforms(free education)? Almost all of them have middle to upper class aspirations to rise in the status ladder one way or another. One thing I can say is the they left politics to the political class. They did not want to face obstacles due to political victimisation as it happens within government institutions(I remember at University of peradeniya there were some clerks and attndents who had more power than a professor because of their political alignment and access to power). probably this lacluster attitude to politics has to change. If Champika is launching his movement for this purpose it is an admirable thing. However, the group of people we are talking about here has to go through an attitudinal change i.e. to be patriotic. not have one leg overseas and another in the country. My fear is that they are not only bilinguals but also bi everything e.g. dress, values, attitudes, aspirations, customs and behaviour. It is ok to be westernised to some extent but not totally dependent including cultural and intellectual dependence on the West.

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