23 September, 2019

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While Sane Men Replace A Creepy Lot At The Top: Ranil Emerges As Today’s NM

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Sri Lankans had a hell of a time over ten years of Mahinda Rajapaka’s rule. To be sure, there had been the good outcomes; but, like money, the bad outdid the good and Mahinda Rajapaksa is where he is now.

Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) had just one huge bite of luck, namely to have the 27 year-old war with the LTTE won during his rule. Credit is certainly owed to him for his part. However, the credit that he got was flawed because it discredited in the process the considerable skill, energy, and dedication of our main soldier General Sarath Fonseka (SF) and the great team he had coordinated.Unlike in other situations, the conduct of war essentially requires two kinds of leadership working in tandem -a political leadership and a ground leadership. The two work in almost parallel universes due to ground realities. Mahinda gave political leadership. However, he was quick to suppress the ground leadership and grab the entire cake of success. He put down the General, having earlier made a slip-of-the tongue mistake of naming General SF, ’the greatest army commander in the world.’ His government first gave the General a kick upstairs with an empty post. SF was smart enough to perceive that and he soon turned to the untraversed world of politics in an attempt to oust MR. Amidst much controversy MR clinched victory comfortably.

That was a moment for MR to be generous to the fallen. Yet, MR chose to revenge Fonny and have him jailed in a questionable and heartless manner that earned crying headlines in national newspapers. A sad day for the nation, the Press said. I cannot forget that day. In went Fonny to his small cell, his worn out and fatigued body still embedded with bomb shrapnel. This early episode in MR’s rule convinced me that the latter hadn’t the quality of a good leader; that he was not humane but bull-headed and vindictive. Such a President cannot possible do good to our country, I thought. The long list of misdeeds, bad judgments, and abuse of power that followed seemed later seemed to prove my point. The list need not be repeated particularly since an investigation is now on.

Relying on an astrologer MR went in for elections so that he would continue for another six years and then, at old age, hand over to his progeny, Namal. To take a major step like this on an astrologer’s word itself shows what a poor world view the Lankan leader had. Disaster came to him.

Ranil Wickremesinghe 1A humble man, Maitripala Sirisena, took Mahinda’s place and immediately made a canny statement, “Sri Lanka,” Maitri said, “does not need a King; it needs a good human to lead it.” Maitri had sensed the public mood of the moment and made this profound observation. He hit the nail on the head and MR would have been reeling. Mahinda Rajapakse was made a High King by his flatterers and opportunistic hangers-on. He soon came to believe in that illusion. His head was humming with that royal image and he tried to set up a lineage.

Maitripala Sirisena may not have had a formal education beyond the secondary school level. But he is an extremely intelligent man who is quick at grasping events. For a man quick in mind a long political career can do enough in the way of real life education and maturity. That was the make-up of Maitripala Sirisena- an ordinary farmer’s son. Watch how he rules: He is like the eagle in the background letting others work but having a noninvasive focus on what is happening. Unlike his predecessor there is no flamboyance in the man. He is not interested in show.

What a creepy lot of Ministers (most of them) Mahinda Rajapaksa had. His Minister of Higher Education said he will undress Chandrika Kumaratunga, a former woman President, and make her run naked on the road. The academics, obviously embarrassed to hear their Minister make such utterances had to pull him up. But SB is dense. The Minister in charge of Education, an equally dense character, gave a glowing account of how dogs make love. Wimal Weerawansa sets out on a fast-unto death but is relieved when the President brings him a glass of water to take him out of the hole he had dug in. The Minister of Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniaratchchi, creeps under the table where MR sits and worships the latter’s toes. I have the video. Another Minister ties a poor Public Servant to a tree and persuades the miserable servant to state he had tied himself. Now that former Minister goes about with a file under his arms saying he is carrying evidence of Rajapaksa corruption. The old Ministers of the Old Left who once breathed revolution and sang, “Saadukin Pelenawun den ithin nekityaw,” ( All ye hungry men. Now’s the time to wake up!) quickly settled for the royal crumbs and forgot the revolution. The Minister in charge of Sport fiddled about with the Cricket Board funds and had it broke by dumping money on useless ventures. An international airport had been built which recently reported a revenue of Rs17,000.00 prompting Anura Kumar Dissanayake to say in parliament that one can get that kind of income by selling kadala at Galle Face. Curiously, another Minister was assigned the portfolio of Sugar-of all things! Another government big wig, Sajin Vass, came from nowhere and threw about his weight so much thinking the sun will not set on Rajapaksa. Sajin’s special link with Mahinda had always been a mystery because he didn’t seem capable to justify anything. He was appointed a ‘Supervising MP’ for Foreign Affairs’ (whatever that means) and he utilized this position to the full travelling overseas as often as he pleased. He gave orders to the Rhodes Scholar Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor GL Peiris. It was alleged that Sajin slapped our High Commissioner in London, Mr. Nonis!

And now with the daily unearthing of shady things of erstwhile rulers we are informed that many ministers including those of the Rajapaksa family had wild elephants in their possession. Were they waiting for a foreign order? What about the geriatric Prime Minister himself? When he gets associated with drug allegations with a Pakistani dealer connected to his son? Speaking of sons we have the unbeatable duo of the Royal family-Namal and Yoshitha. Namal imported Lamborghini cars tax free for his company, The Carlton Sports Club, and ran races in the Sacred Area around the Dalada Maligawa. The Mahanayake’s plea not to do that went on deaf ears. Yoshitha had been involved in an incident where the Rugger umpire was assaulted.

As a welcome relief from all these sorry people at the top we now seem to have a sane group of men and women heading the new Maitri government. Some very good picks have been made and the assignment of subjects are rational and appropriate. Obviously Ranil Wickremesinge, the new Prime Minister, has done the pick and allocation. There is a mixture of the young and the old. Presumably after the 100 days period and General Elections a better cabinet devoid of the few very old and effete would be set up.

The idea to keep Defence under the President is excellent. Likewise the Prime MInister has a pivotal role to play having assigned himself key subjects that are best for Ranil Wickremesinghe to handle. Bringing the Central Bank and Stock Exchange under the purview of the Prime Minister is also sound practice. Giving Defence Deputy to an unsullied steady and decent bloke, Ruwan Wijewardene was good. Champika Ranawaka got a good birth and Sajith Premadasa got a portfolio that he can show his colours.

I have always maintained that Ranil wickremasinghe has been the most underrated political leader in Sri Lanka. We had have a famous Sinhala poetic stanza that says, ”Ivasana Dana Rupu Yudayata Jayakodiya” (The patient leader will hold the flag of victory). Ranil Wickremesinghe is to my mind just the embodiment of patience rewarded. In the new Parliament’s opening day, Dinesh Gunawardena bemoaned that mudslinging on the former President is taking place. Ranil was quick to remind Dinesh that of all politicians he has been victim of the biggest of mud- slinging attacks. Attacks and innuendos of a very personal nature were flung at him. Then he was repeatedly called a loser. The men who left his party in droves for payment and position blamed Ranil’s leadership and gave that as the reason for leaving. Ranil was often isolated during the ten years of Rajapakse rule. Mahinda tried his level best to ruin the UNP. Yet, Ranil showed considerable courage and self-belief and kept the party together. In the cabinet formation he has awarded his once hostile UNP critics.

‘Patriots’ particularly picked Ranil Wickremesinghe for his Ceasefire Agreement with Prabhakaran, when Prime Minister before. This was patently unfair. The ceasefire agreement was to provide a brief period where attacks stop and where time is given to rebuild trust between the warring parties. This trust building is a necessary before a peaceful political negotiation is begun. This is standard procedure in the history of political conflict. In the case of Ranil’s agreement the CFA could have been abrogated with one month’s notice. Further, Ranil ensured international backing for his CFA. President Rajapaksa actually continued with Ranil’s CFA for a longer period than Ranil, in fact, had done.

Have we forgotten Dr NM Perera? He had a double doctorate and was expert in Erskine May’s Parliamentary procedure. The erudite Doctor NM earned the respect of all MPs across the floor at all times. Although sans the academic titles, Ranil Wickremasinghe has emerged to take NM’s place in contemporary Sri Lanka. Ranil is as expert as NM was in Parliamentary procedure and has earned a similarly wide respect among our lot of Parliamentarians except from Wimal Weerawansa who referred to him derisively during the campaign as ”Ranilayo….” Even Mahinda has high regard for Ranil.

In other ways, too, Ranil’s stock has moved up and he has re-emerged as Sri Lanka’s most reliable leader. The new President, Maitri, didn’t have two thoughts about getting close to Ranil and trusting the latter. What one sees in Ranil Wickremesinghe is a professional parliamentarian and administrator par excellence. He is very savvy in his job. Has high emotional IQ and doesn’t get ruffled even if the sky drops down. The other day, while in Sri Lanka during election time I watched young Hirunika Premachandra– a new rising political star- pick Ranil for special commendation during the campaign interviews on Sirasa. In a most impressive two-hour interview she described what a learned man Ranil is and how she was once taken aback at his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. Hirunika stated, “I have’nt heard even a monk explain like that.”

Perceptive young Hirunika concluded that since Ranil does not kiss babies and goes about in tie and coat (like NM) he would have a problem in Sri Lanka leadership. Said Hirunika,”he will be better suited to lead the European Union.”

A truth from the lips of a political babe?

*The writer, now domiciled in Australia, was a senior Public Servant in Sri Lanka. He headed many government departments and retired in 1994 as Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Vocational Training. A specialist in Management, he is a published author. He is well-known as the first Potheguru in Maname.

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    I am reposting a comment I made on ground views since it is relevant to this article.

    Ranil Wickremesinghe often talks of the Westminster models of parliament and rule of law..etc. Yet, he seems to not follow one of its basic principles….when a party loses a general election, its leader takes RESPONSIBILITY and resigns. ..allowing for new leadership to try and win…

    In 1997, following the victory of Tony Blair, John Major resigned as Tory Party leader. He was succeeded by William Hague (at 36). Even though he improved the Tory Party performance in the European election, his party suffered local losses to Labour in 2001, he RESIGNED.
    This trend continued till they found the current leader David Cameron.

    This was the same in the Labour party… Gordon Brown on losing the election in 2010 RESIGNED as party leader and now sits as a back bencher (having won his own seat as a MP).

    None of them tried to hold on to the party leadership after a defeat. This is the way NEW leadership is found and new ideas are formed. Of course Ranil kicked out of the working committee anyone who threatened him and filled it with his acolytes.

    Part of the decline in democracy during the past 10 years has to be bourn by the UNP. The guardians of democracy are the opposition, providing a check and balance to the government in power. ALL governments will abuse the system if given an opportunity unless the opposition acts !

    I remember the UNP’s performance during the passing of the 18th amendment –yes, walked away in “boycott” allowing the JVP and TNA to do the work of the opposition.

    FYI: I am NOT a supporter of the previous regime but nor am I of the current leadership of the UNP who has held on to the party’s leadership for 20+ years with no internal democracy !

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      “Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) had just one huge bite of luck, namely to have the 27 year-old war with the LTTE won during his rule. Credit is certainly owed to him for his part. However, the credit that he got was flawed because it discredited in the process the considerable skill, energy, and dedication of our main soldier General Sarath Fonseka (SF) and the great team he had coordinated.Unlike in other situations, the conduct of war essentially requires two kinds of leadership working in tandem -a political leadership and a ground leadership. The two work in almost parallel universes due to ground realities. Mahinda gave political leadership. However, he was quick to suppress the ground leadership and grab the entire cake of success. He put down the General, having earlier made a slip-of-the tongue mistake of naming General SF, ’the greatest army commander in the world.’ His government first gave the General a kick upstairs with an empty post. SF was smart enough to perceive that and he soon turned to the untraversed world of politics in an attempt to oust MR. Amidst much controversy MR clinched victory comfortably.”

      1. Mahinda Rajapaksa is n Actor.

      2. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies are liars.

      Fortunately there was a slight excess of Sri Lankan voters with common sense who voted for Mr. Maitripals Siriena, to retire the Mrdamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa Dynasty and Dictatorship.

      3. “Relying on an astrologer MR went in for elections so that he would continue for another six years and then, at old age, hand over to his progeny, Namal. To take a major step like this on an astrologer’s word itself shows what a poor world view the Lankan leader had. Disaster came to him.”

      MaRa is an actor and believer in Astrology, that is based on the Geocentric Model. Does MaRa know that the Geocentric Model is incorrect/

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      The internal democracy of the UNP is alive and well. It has been so all along. When there was a defeat RW always offered to resign but was urged to continue on. One of the reasons for this was that almost the entire second tier of UNP leadership was dead due to assasination. If RW did step down the result would have been a catastrophe for the entire country. We would have not had this historic election. Single party dictatorship would have been well enshrined under the Rajapakshes by now. For, that is exactly what Rakapakshe’s treid time and time again by undermining the UNP but failed until he was voted out. The extent of the destabilization of the UNP carried out by the Rajapakshe,s is a story yet to be told.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      “Perceptive young Hirunika concluded that since Ranil does not kiss babies and goes about in tie and coat (like NM) he would have a problem in Sri Lanka leadership. Said Hirunika,”he will be better suited to lead the European Union.”

      “A truth from the lips of a political babe?”

      Listen to :

      Mahinda rajapaksa worst lie ever told-

      “That 8-month old child when I carried, the child who could not say mother, cried, Jayaweva, Jayavewa, Victory, Victory”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dt4A8MdEoE

      and

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IKHJG5ztL68

      “That 8-month old child when I carried, the child who could not say mother, cried, Jayaweva, Jayavewa, Victory, Victory”

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        It took some time Sajith to realize the value of UNPers unity. That costed the top leadership in that party everything. But today, I listened to Sajitha not once several times, but the voice is sending acrros the nation only way out would be to be united as one. He promised to be an example. He can be a future leader if he would perform well. If he would also fall to the levels of Rajanos, it wil not be easier him to win the hearts and minds of the party seniors. Today, most of the new faces in UNP are hearted and able men. I wish ALL OF THEM be blessed with all strenghts to shape up the street filled with heavy loads of garbage deliberately being left behind by MR and his goons. They talk today the abuses go to the few hundred of billions of people funds. If everything would help them to get them back – winning their pledges will be more than easy.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      Medamulana MaRa, the actor lies…

      Police Spox Says MR Lied Over His Home Search (Presidential Liar)

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/police-spox-says-mr-lied-over-his-home-search/

      Another PMaRa Presidential lie..

      Mahinda rajapaksa worst lie ever told-

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dt4A8MdEoE

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IKHJG5ztL68

      “That 8-month old child when I carried, the child who could not say mother, cried, Jayaweva, Jayavewa, Victory, Victory”

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      Dev,
      I tend to agree with some of your concerns about Ranil.
      But he was never given a chance to implement his policies or to pursue them to the natural conclusions.
      CBK sacked him from his Prime minister post when he was away.

      In 2005 His defeat was from an underhand deal between MR and VP.

      In 2015 only for 100 DAYS.Then what/

      The Man never got a chance to prove his abilities

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      Dev,
      I completely agree with you about RW, but what are the other options people have? So I prefer if MS keeps some authority over RW and UNP to maintain balance of power. On the other hand, in this Information Age, capable people like you and NV could do good potion of the responsibility of opposition to make the bustards in power honest. Can we do better job than RW in opposition? We can…

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      Dev, everyone thought the same as you did about RW when loosing all those elections. As time went by people realized that it was not his fault but elections were manipulated. At all elections brushing him with the LTTE sympathiser tag, but we know now for a fact, how/why he lost his first PE cos VeluP was paid to stop the North from voting! NOW I am glad he did stand firm cos if not for his sacrifice and patience we would never have had that hora regime change. CBK & MS were dependent on Ranil & he managed to convince the UNP. If not for this move by this trio with the help of JHU/JVP and others this corruption of such magnitude would never have been exposed. It took such a huge section of the people to topple this atrocious regime. All these past ruler and ministers have the guts to look and speak as if butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth. Acting like babes and adding amnesia into to too. Just give them a change ok Dev. Let the 100 days and the general election go through and thereafter we will pass judgement. The new regime is trying to bring some semblance of order after the years and years of robbery, bigotry, and treason to the country. Just imagine if what they had planned in case they lost took effect. There would have been a great bloodbath wouldn’t there?

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      Dev,

      If Ranil Wickremasinghe stepped down for the 29 bogus rigged elections conducted by both CBK and MR, be mindful there would not have been a UNP to contest in 2015. The way UNP MPs were queuing up for position from MR there would not have been any as Ranil Wickremasinghe to take the UNP forward. This whole nation should be indebted to RW for preserving Democracy. RW instilled discipline in the UNP before he could do so with the Govt under him and next in the country.

      Tell this forum frankly

      1. In a parliament debate or on political platform have you ever seen RW behaving vulgarly and abusing his opponents?

      2. Have you ever seen RW losing his temper?

      3. Has RW ever made false promises?

      RW has been a Gentleman where none can be compared to his conduct, intelligence and Statesmanship. He has never robbed public funds unlike MR to have giant TV screens even in washrooms from the tax payers money. Do not be idiotic to run down Ranil Wickremasinghe for your own petty gains and jealousy. You will see who RW is, in the near future. Have a good day.

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        Yes, all the mentioned are good CHARACTERISTICS his gentle natur. But letting things becoming worse and doing not enough wthin his capacity was clearly seen to the nation at the time former CJ Dr. SB was brutally attacked and sacked by the MR regime. There, RW could do lot more than he did there. Even the lady was attacked by all the filthy verbal attacks to a manner not even a sale assistant on a road side in Maradana would face it. All these were due to the facts that UNP as a whole did much less sitting in the opposition. JVPers did much more regarding pointing out the gravity of abuses being found in MR regime.

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        gamini

        Good to hear from you after a long absence from this forum.

        Where David Blacker.

        The good news is the present government has appointed a three man committee to inquire into Welikada prison massacre.

        The commission should summon David to give evidence on moral issues such as shoot to kill policy whether it is good, bad or profitable.

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          DB is said to have ties with former Hamba toy pistol mayor to protect MR these days.

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    At long last, Ranil has received the praise he always deserved, from an educated administrater and author.
    Ranil will “deliver the goods” this time as he is in a government of sincere politicians.

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    With reference to Dev on January 23, 2015 at 5:55 am –

    MY FRIEND THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL PERSEVERANCE or FAILURES ARE THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS or AN EMPTY VESSEL MAKES THE MOST NOISE or YOU CAN ARGUE WITH A HUNDRED EDUCATED MEN BUT NOT WITH ONE SIMPLETON…

    Dont you see ANYTHING good about RW

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    Shyamon,

    I hope people like you address the Sinhalese masses in growing numbers in such a sustained way as to make the propagandists, racists and utterly unprincipled frauds such as the Rajapaksas, Weerawansa, Gamanpilla and Dayan Jayatilleka, ineffective.

    I agree that RW’s ceasefire agreement and his strategy of containing the LTTE by building international support against them would have resulted in isolation, containment, and either transformation or slow bleeding death of the LTTE, with minimal civilian casualties. MR’s brute force approach may have earned him kudos, but it resulted in massive civilian casualties and war crimes, traumatizing Tamil people collectively and making any chance of reconciliation very remote; those war crimes and massive casualty issues are not going away.

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    RW’s time has come. Our Nation has come a full circle. We can’t forget how CBK undermined and toppled his Govt. Our Nation paid dearly.

    What I don’t like in the current cabinet is, the pole vaulters who jumped from the UNP to the Rajapaksa cabal have returned and have been rewarded with cabinet posts. This is unacceptable and an insult to us Srilankans.

    What do we do ?

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    “EVEN MAHINDA HAS HIGH REGARD FOR RANIL” says Shyamon Jayasinghe in the last line of the 4th last paragraph of his article.

    Is it a credit or a discredit for Ranil?

    Yes, Ranil was a good buddy of Mahinda of course and both wanted to govern the country for the rest of their lives together, one as the president and the other as the full time opposition leader. Whole scenario changed due to the commitment of Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera whose plan of action worked like magic. The people of Sri Lanka of all races voted against Mahinda. They voted for the 100 day Plan. Not to Ranil or Sirisena.

    Ranil does not deserve the praise that he has received in this article written by Syamon Jayasinghe. It seems Syamon has written it at a time that he got carried away or he is eyeing for a lucrative post in the new government even at this old age. In conclusion Ranil never loves Sri Lanka. He is a selfish animal. The Sri Lankans need to get rid of Ranil and Premadasa too if they want to have a better future, now that they have got rid of the devil.

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    Shyamon J,

    I will never compare Ranil Wickremasinghe to NM the Humbug of a Socialist of Giridara Mills fame. His 21 demands only to be refused once he was appointed as a Minister is crookery in the first order. Ranil is far ahead of all these humbugs.

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    This is such a poorly written article. Doesn’t this news agency have an editor or is it in the business of publishing any rubbish?

    l have no affinity for MR. Not even in the slightest. That said, what’s the point of all this “Ranil worship”? Way over the top. And as for the rest of the article -there is no original thought in it either.

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    Two Sane Gamaralas are already taken their positions to watch over the Elite, Anglicans and the Intelligentsia.

    And eight or nine are to follow , according to my Elders.

    And they have full Six Year tenure guaranteed.

    Already there are two in the Srilankan Forbes List, although some inhabitants unnecessarily call them Mafiosa.

    Vellalas are loving it.

    If Ranil scores in April ,TNA will be laughing all the way to Eelaam..

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    “As a welcome relief from all these sorry people at the top we now seem to have a sane group of men and women heading the new Maitri government. Some very good picks have been made and the assignment of subjects are rational and appropriate. Obviously Ranil Wickremesinge, the new Prime Minister, has done the pick and allocation. There is a mixture of the young and the old”.

    “Giving Defence Deputy to an unsullied steady and decent bloke, Ruwan Wijewardene was good”.

    We very vividly see that Shyaman Jayasinghe is sucking up to Ranil for selfish reasons. Otherwise, there is no substance in this article. He says the prime minister has done the pick and allocation. He never gives the credit to Sirisena the new president. He goes on to praise the appointment of ministers by referring to a guy named Ruwan Wijewardene who did not contribute to the present parliament or take any active part in the recently concluded elections. His only qualification is that he is the nephew of Ranil. One wonders why Shyaman praise these appointments?

    Further, if Ranil did contest he would have lost by a margin. Knowing this established fact Maduluwawe Sobhitha thera did not want him to be the common candidate. Initially everybody wanted Karu or Sobhitha thera as the common candidate. But Ranil did not let the UNP propose Karu’s name. When Chandrika got Maithree’s approval to become the common candidate Ranil had no other alternative but to support the opposition movement. Now he runs to Gangaramaya for advice. Why? He has a grudge with Maduluwawe Sobhitha thera for not letting him become the president. If he became the president he would not have abolished it for sure.

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    @Wera – I never saw interal democracy in the UNP, I saw that he changed the constitution and filled the Working committee with his people. He sidelined Sajth (again no fan of his, Dayan is but not me with his fake LSE degree) + Rosie + Karu ..etc

    While I agree that Ranil’s behavior in parliament is better than “most” it is not hard with the motley crew we have such as Duminda, Mervyn etc.

    @others
    Most of you say that he has not got a chance, well now he has. Let us see what he can do. I am happy to be proved wrong because I would like for this country to have a “break” from the trauma we have experienced for the past 67 years ! Yes, for that reason I would rather be proved wrong ….time will tell.

    But if I were a statistical person, I would be pessimistic given the trajectory of this nation since 1948, we seem to lurch from one crisis to another…but maybe this time our luck will change for the better.

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    I think this is a silly comparison. NM Perera was an idealist a socialist and an intellectual. Ranil Wickramasinghe was JRs creation like Ruwan Wijewardena is Ranil’s creation.

    RW looks good only because he landed on the top by accident and others have to take orders from him. He cannot make it to the top on his own merits in any political situation.Even this time he was very lucky to have a found a Sirisena from Pollonaruwa to bring him to power. The mandate given on 08 January 2015 was for Maithripala Sirisena and not Ranil Wickramasinghe ! But he will fail again like all other times. He is a loser who doesn’t deserve this office. He has no loyalty and only wants to degrade others so that they won’t pose a threat to his position in the UNP. A lot of middle class old dadas have various fancy notions about Ranil. He is very capable, very intelligent, far seeing, wise, virtues, honest, does not smile because he is thinking all the time about complex issues of State craft etc etc. Just a typical Brahmin type. I hope at least at the end of his short premiership this time they will realize that they are worshipping a false god! An expensive lesson for these middle class devotees but they need it in the same way those who worshipped MR have now realized that MR was no hero but a small time crook. Our lack of maturity and judgment takes a heavy toll. If Ranil won in 2005 the LTTE would be still around.

    Ranil’s leadership can be understood from what the great heights the UNP was under JR and Premadasa and now a mere partner to a coalition. One time the biggest party in the country now one among several and seen as a centre for elite dominance and deal making, just like a Lions Club !There is no real people support behind it.Even in this coalition it is the JVP and JHU who own the intellectual and spirit lead.

    Mr Jayasinghe in his very last paragraph says says Hirunika Premachandra is perceptive and in the next sentence describes her as a babe in politics ! This is the intellectual confusion of such people !

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    The selection of Maithripala as their leader is a true reflection of the Sri Lankan mindset of all communities. They wanted an honest person with genuine aspirations. Let us hope that he will keep to these. There is indeed no doubt that under the guidance of Ranil and on his own, Maithripala will aspire to tread the long and narrow path. Bensen

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    Hi- His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena – Your government inviting living overseas sri lankans to return to Sri Lanka. I was Judge in Sri Lanka living in Australia for the last 26 years with my family. There are enough judges in Sri Lanka who are fully qualified and act (without fear or favour). I am not after any jobs,please. This gentleman Shayman Jayasinghe (Original POTHEGURA of Maname)One evening in 1964 I was in WALE-Peradeniya listening to this Senior Civil Servant now living in Australia. Why not invite him to serve the MIA3 country who was a very honourable gentleman who served the country in various capacities. bye -Nihal Gunatilake

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      Nihal has realized what Shyaman was aiming at with this hosannas. This is typical back scratching.

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    Shyamon, what about the cries of agony coming from the Batalanda makeshift torture camps? Will you provide us the answers .

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      Ponzio,

      If there are cries and agony coming from Batalanda, it is all due to scores of individuals and bread winners being massacred by the innocent JVP, like how they killed Sargarika Gomez, Vijay Kumaratunge, Premakeerthi De Alwis and crowd. First the JVP who were arrested before ’70 by the UNP govt of ’65 – ’70 was set free by Mrs. B after she assumed power in ’70 and released the JVPers saying that the UNP had incarcerated innocent infants, where the scent of milk has not left their mouths only to massacre them a year later.

      Ponzi, do not try to paint the JVP murderers as innocent babies. They deserve what they got and RW had nothing to do with the security of the country during that period as it was under Ranjan Wijeratne.

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    I fully endorse this article. In terms of quality and statesmanship no other politician can get near Ranil Wickremasinghe. It was Sri Lanka’s misfortune to have lost Ranil when he first contested MR in 2005. The ten years of MR was tragedy for Sri Lanka. MR is a liar and dishonest man. If he had the chance he would have sold the north to LTTE. Revd Athureliya prodded him to war when he was dilly dallying and shivering in his boots.

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    ” Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) had just one huge bite of luck, namely to have the 27 year-old war with the LTTE won during his rule. “

    That is a rather crass dismissive statement. The others did not take on the murderous LTTE, not because they did NOT have luck, but because they were spineless, and were mere men/women of straw. Once MR realized that the West would rather see Sri Lanka reduced to the state of a beggar nation, that plans were made and carried out (with Gota and Fonseka) to liberate ourselves from the plight.

    In one’s haste to falsely elevate RW (UNELECTED PM) one should not overlook the truth, even if MR failed in some ways subsequently.

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      Ramuuuuu

      “The others did not take on the murderous LTTE, not because they did NOT have luck, but because they were spineless, and were mere men/women of straw.”

      It during Chanrika’s time Hindia wanted to finished off LTTE. Since early 2005 Hindia provided everything for an all out against LTTE except lethal weapons.

      Mahinda and Gota already acknowledged Hindia’s support for the war, in fact both stated on the record that without Hindia this island could not have won the war.

      Please stop kidding. We know you lie.

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        Civet,
        The ONLY liar here is YOU.

        Frustrated by the fact that your hero, the murderous Mahavir was wiped out by the Sri Lankan forces (yes, the very same ones that you continuously belittle as hiding behind Saris while the IPKF was in Sri Lanka) you lash out in every direction. CBK did not have the bottle to take on the LTTE, the terrorists who you and yours portrayed as being invincible. She was cowed into inaction. It was fortunate that Sri Lanka had produced a Mahinda Rajapakse who rejected all the ‘advice’ from the foreign embassies, NGOs and other LTTE sycophants and provided the political will to wipe out the latter with the able assistance of Gotabhaya and Sarath Fonseka.

        Even five years later, you can’t face the fact that Sri Lankan troops had the will, and the capacity to take on your ‘heroes’ and hence the attempt to inflate an imaginary Indian involvement. Your vulgar attempt to re-write Sri Lankan history has noit gone unnoticed either.

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    Mr. shyamon…. can you please shut up and get lost?

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    Mr. Jayasinghe,

    You are very optimistic with these new developments but I am not. the usual wheeler dealers have started creeping in and it seems they are successful.

    The key appointments made ( i.e. Secretaries to the President and prime Minister)have been ridiculous. There is no fairness in the appointment of new Secretaries to the Ministries. For example No. 1 of the seniority list of the SLAS intake of 1985 has not been considered for a Secretary post but No. 162 of the same list (spouse of Secretary to the Prime Minister) has been selected! Can we expect this from “yaha palanaya”?

    The old crooks are still manning key institutions. Classic examples are Ministries of External Affairs, Finance, Public Administration, Education, Cricket Board, Bribery Commission, etc.

    It is no secret that Ranil W is the best Prime Minister we never had to serve a full term. But ordinary Sri Lankans cannot understand him due to their poor education levels and political knowledge. This is why a rogue like MR can easily deceive the lot. For me Sri Lankans are the politically most gullible population in South Asia this include even some from the so called educated lot – leave alone poor people in peripheries. Even some of the commentators here can be placed in the same lot!

    We have a habit of lambasting LTTE and the JVP. Nobody wants to see logically why they resorted to violence. What did R Premadasa through “Tharuna Asahana Commission” after the JVP insurrection? He complied with recommendations and introduced competitive examinations system to select officers to public service. Then in the villages UNPers were saying that SLFPers were getting all jobs. But system remained. What happened under MR? It became usual list or Nil Balakaya membership.

    The present government has a long way to go. It is difficult but doable. They should not go for an election soon and should go ahead with the current Parliament until 2016. Then the general election and a national government at least for 2 more years.

    We are a nation which does not learn from mistakes. For example we had golden opportunities to build the nation in 2004 after tsunami and in 2009 after the war. But petty politics intervened and nation lost the opportunities.

    Now a group of men and women (and clergy) with different ideologies have got together. This is a good learning exercise and I hope and pray that they will learn from each other and try to restructure the State and build the nation. Perhaps this may be the last chance. Can we be cautiously optimistic? Can we have at least 10 – 15 JVP MPs in the next Parliament? There are more questions than answers.

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    Shyamon, your hosannas are noted.

    But for God’s sake ask Maithripala and Ranil to grow a pair of big enough balls. They have been acting like eunuchs in the last two weeks.

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      Man, you have been raped by Rajapakses so that you cant make a distinction between civilized way of life and uncivilized. You seem to be more uncivilized to name the both gentlemen as eunachs. I am hurt reading your kind of comments.
      Highly abusive men from Hambantota looted the nation in billions – in the days to come- people will be well aware of the gravity of the abuses they have made to the nation/country. I also have a good comparision to see it being in Europe. I think Prez and PM have been doing their best to move on without harming the 5.7mio that voted for the rival.

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    Deyak we nam yam
    Eya sudussatama lebiya yuthumaya

    With leaders like Ranil and Maitri Sri Lankans can now rest.No dirty games will be played on them. The corrupt will be put down and honest hard workers will get their place. True vision will guide our nation

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    The fact that Ranil has given Ministries to his party critics like Range Bandara and Thalatha Athokorale speaks volumes for his large-heartedness and open- mindedness. If MARA was in Ranil’s shoes he would have had his critics bumped off by his Mafia of “killed by accident.”

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    The new government will need at least three years to unravel the corruption.This morning’s news tells us about Wimal Weerawanse who hadn’t two cents in his pocket to begin with.

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    Mr.Shyamon things you have mentioned in the text are 100% true.Ranil and maithri are the true leaders that have the ability to lead our nation towards a better country.

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