16 October, 2021

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Yes, We Khan! Imran Khan’s Victory Can Change South Asia 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“That is my inspiration, that Pakistan should have that kind of humanitarian state, where we take responsibility for our weaker classes. The weak are dying of hunger. I will try my best – all of my policies will be made to raise our weaker classes, for our labourers … for our poor farmers…” ~ Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s victory in the Pakistani elections is of enormous and positive significance for all of us in South Asia. His win is of course in keeping with the global trend of the triumph of populism over the political establishment and old political parties being eclipsed by relatively new ones or ‘third force’ parties. Imran is usually described as ‘populist’, while his party the PTI is classified as ‘centrist’ and his own personal views on issues of religion is defined as ‘liberal’. That is a welcome combination that we have yet to see in contemporary Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan politics and politicians as well as aspirant political leaders, from the Opposition and the Government, have much to learn from Imran Khan. If they want to know how to win given the global Zeitgeist, they must know which policies and profile to adopt and which are bound to fail. In this sense, Imran Khan provides an example for politicians throughout South Asia—an example of what wins elections and which kind of leader the people turn to in these troubled times.

While Imran Khan will be a first-time Prime Minister, and he was known to an earlier generation as a star of world cricket, he is in no sense a novice to politics and social issues. Holder of an Honors degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford, Imran retired from cricket, put into practice his concern for the poor by starting a cancer hospital in which 70% of the patients were poor and treated for free. He went on to build a second and follow it up with a university, both of which gave weightage to the poor. After building the cancer hospital, Imran went on to form his political party the PTI in 1996, which has finally won “after 22 years of struggle” as Imran said. He was twice elected to Pakistan’s Parliament.

In a long televised address claiming victory, Imran rolled out his policies and made solemn promises to the Pakistani people. What struck me was the stark difference between his discourse and those of Sri Lankan politicians and political aspirants today. 

His speech which was spontaneously delivered, with only a single sheet of paper on his table which he didn’t look at except before the speech began, had two components, national and international. As the BBC commented immediately after, the heavy emphasis was on Human Development and the social issues facing Pakistan; the poor and the weak and their upliftment through poverty alleviation, social welfare, health, education. He went on to speak about the labourers and the farmers, “ who cannot give proper food to their children”, the “children who are out of school…children who fall sick by drinking dirty water”, the unemployed, the disabled, the minorities, women and even the domestic workers “without rights”. He said he will not enact policies which primarily benefit a “small elite”. No country which has an island of the rich among a sea of poor, is a successful country, he stressed. 

Here is a true progressive vision, unlike the various technocratic ‘visions’ trumpeted here. This was a social democratic program for a South Asian society. Pakistan has found a leader who cares for its people, putting the people first, starting with the poor, the needy and the neglected: 

“My effort will be that we try our best to raise these people up, that all of our policies be focused on human development. I want the whole country to think like this. No country can prosper when there is a small island of rich people, and a sea of poor.” 

“I am saying to you today, that for the first time, Pakistan’s policies won’t be for the few rich people, it will be for the poor, for our women, for our minorities, whose rights are not respected. My whole aim will be to protect our lower classes and to bring them up.” 

How many political figures in South Asia or Sri Lanka speak, think or feel this way? Here the local “Clintonian” neoliberals speak of global markets while the local “Trumpian” neoconservatives speak of race and religion—but neither prioritize the people and their identifiable needs. 

Imran quoted the Prophet Mohammed’s instructions for the running of Medina, instructions which founded the holy city’s administration upon social justice and welfare. He described it as the world’s first “humanitarian state” and said that this was his objective for Pakistan, to transform it into a “humanitarian state”. This slogan can and should resonate throughout South Asia.

Imran Khan’s two main sources of intellectual inspiration are known to be the famous Pakistani poet Mohammed Iqbal (a Communist sympathizer) and the Iranian Islamic thinker Ali Shariati (a renowned progressive and inspirer of radical and left trends within Islam).

Unlike many so-called Sri Lankan patriots, Imran does not think that his country, culture or civilization is superior to the West, axiomatically, intrinsically and in every way. He does not defend discrimination or inequality in the name of a dominant culture, ethnicity or language. He tries to learn from the strengths of the West to rectify the weaknesses of Pakistan: We will set an example of how the law is the same for everyone. If the West is ahead of us today, it is because their laws are not discriminatory…this will be our biggest guiding principle.”

Imran’s extensive references to China were quite different from those that are made in Sri Lanka, where they are a monumental misunderstanding of the Chinese experience and interpreted primarily as a path to rapid growth, through managerial and technological quick fixes and the rule of the professionals. There was none of this distortion in Imran Khan’s understanding of the lessons of China. In his very first sentence on the subject he said: We want to learn from China how they brought 700 million people out of poverty …” we must learn from China’s experience in poverty alleviation”.

He went on to mention poverty in his references to India, saying that the alleviation of poverty must be the number one priority of any government in south Asia and it is in order to facilitate the achievement of this goal that we need cooperation within South Asia, especially cooperation between Pakistan and India.    

The foreign policy component of Imran’s victory speech was of particular interest because it was departure from the views usually expressed in the sub-continent which happen to be US-centric or Indo-centric. Imran’s remarks were multi-sectoral, arguably even multi-tiered. His opening mention was of the relationship with China. He went to neighboring Afghanistan, saying that he hoped for an open border arrangement someday, such as that which prevails in Europe. His next reference was to Iran, followed by Saudi Arabia and the Middle-East region. He then moved to the two trickiest of relationships, namely the USA and India. Imran Khan had been a long standing opponent of the US drone war in the Af-Pak theatre.  In his speech he said that Pakistan should not fight America’s wars. Obviously the relationship with the USA was not his first priority and had been replaced by that with China and the ‘larger Middle East’ as it is known.

In the matter of the relationship with India, Imran Khan struck a fine balance. He reminded the audience that as a cricketer he had traveled the length and breadth of India, and therefore he was saddened by the fact that the Indian media seemed to depict him as a “Bollywood bad guy”. He was unafraid to grasp the nettle of Kashmir, arguing that there could be no military solution to a problem with political roots. He concluded his foreign policy presentation by saying that India and Pakistan should move towards each other, pledging that if India were to take one step forward, then Pakistan under his leadership would take two steps forward toward friendship with India.   

Imran Khan’s views on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s own Baluchistan province, Kashmir and the relationship with India, have a common philosophical thread running through it. While he opened his televised victory address with a strong denunciation of terrorist suicide-bomb attacks and it is an open secret that he has enjoyed the support of Pakistan’s influential military especially during this election, having long cultivated its support, it is also the case that he strongly believes that political and ethnic problems at the root of insurgencies cannot be solved by military action and that even deploying the army to face political unrest which enjoys mass support, is counterproductive anywhere and everywhere in the world. 

South Asian politics had only one charismatic star in the firmament—Narendra Modi. Now it has two. Imran Khan has achieved in domestic politics that which he used to achieve on the cricket field. It is possible that he will go beyond the domestic arena and achieve for Pakistan in the global political arena that which he achieved for his country in the realm of Test cricket and by so doing he may contribute through his ideas and personality, substance and style, to South Asian politics as a whole, that which he did in the game of cricket, in his earlier avatar. 

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    Dayan the public racist speculates:

    Yes, We Khan! Imran Khan’s Victory Can Change South Asia.

    Lets see what the state within the state ISI and Pākistān Musallah Afwāj have to say about Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, and various Tribal leaders have to say about Imran, India, Islam, Saithan USA, women’s rights and life, poverty, corruption, religious conflicts, illiteracy, Islamic laws, Blasphemy laws, ………………………………………………………. Kashmir, all weather friend China, …. polio vaccination, safety and security of health workers across the country, …. exporting its own brand of terrorism, …………….. large drug cartels, …………..

    Imran Khan will be permitted to stay in power as long as he does not attempt to stir up hornet’s nests.

    Pakistan is viewed as Sri Lanka’s Mango friend, as such Dayan should demand Imran to immediately refund all the payments made for the purchase of scrap metal arms from his country.

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      “We want to learn from China how they brought 700 million people out of poverty …” we must learn from China’s experience in poverty alleviation”.

      Words, words and more words ………… now as the freshly anointed Sumanadasa’s astrologer ………..even before I study Imran’s horoscope and gaze to the stars ………. I can predict with utmost certainty he’s gonna fail

      Open ye eyes! ……….. the country is smothered by a pre-historic mindset ……….. forced-on, entrenched and propagated by a Mullah-dom with even a more pre-pre-historic set of beliefs

      Now let’s return to our dear dear beloved motherland ………… of simple-Simons and simple-Somas ………… Do you see what I see, eh?

      The crazy thang in all of these ………. that no one ever sees …………. is that Buddha was an ultra-modern dude with a timeless, universal message to humanity

      And as usual our good ol’ simple-Somas ………. made it into a pre-historic thang!

      Man! ……… it’s just mind-blowing to think how this was achieved ………… all credit to my dear dear dear “Buddhist” brothers and sisters …………..

      Buddha ……….. save me from the wrath that’s sure to spring from the hearts’ of my dear brethren for spreading your true message ………..

      Times are tough! ……….. not a good time for messengers ……….

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        China has over a billion people and is unable to provide for them so now they are colonizing Africa. Look at countries like Senegal they are already becoming citizens and taking over all the local jobs. Same will happen in Sri Lanka thanks to the Rajapaksas.

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        Nimal Fernando and Native Vedda, You seem to fertilise each other’s ideas so well, you should start living together.!

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          “you should start living together.!”-

          Why pal ……. have you got experience? :)))))))))

          Do you walk like a duck looking for places to lay eggs? Ha ha ha ha ….

          Buddy keep your peccadilloes to yourself ……… it’s your private life …… we just don’t wanna know! :)))

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      Even a corrupt country like Pakistan arrested its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In Sri Lanka the Rajapaksas are still free!!?
      We are waiting for our Imran Khan to lock up these criminals… if you can’t do it send them to the Hage for trial under an International Criminal court.

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        “Even a corrupt country like Pakistan” – As if we are clean..he..he

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      Native,
      Excellent points, but man for a SKEPTIC you are. You wake us from our deepest pipe dreams every SINGLE time with realism. Would not let us enjoy this moment of “IMRAN BLISS”. DO NOT INTERFERE IN OUR DREAMS NATIVE. HOW DO YOU THINK WE SURVIVED FOR THE LAST 70 YEARS? WE LIKE TO BE FOOLED.
      Cheers!
      PS: Dayan J Alzheimer, on the other hand, attempts every time to walk the stupid Sri Lankan electorate down the garden path. Wonder what happened to his total endorsement corrupt CHAMAL RAJA for President. After dumping that uneducated, murderous, psychopath GOTA RAJA. PAK ARMY’s Blue-Eyed Boy IMRAN KHAN WOULD BE APPALLED BY Dayan J Alzheimer’s ANALYTICAL ACROBATICS.

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        Ben Hurling

        I am being cautiously optimistic and I like him for his cricket, a brilliant all rounder, memorable 1992 world cup.

        On Kashmir and India he hasn’t budged an inch from ISI’s stated/unstated position. He is now caught between devils and and deep blue seas. The devils on the one hand demand fresh elections.

        Does Dayan really know about anything?

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      People elected him but he cant be a magician. So was the case with RW and Mr Sirisena in SL. When entire socieity is rotten, beyond easy cure, how can a country or nation be change easily ? The very same we thought after Prez Sirisena becoming the prez driving away his all abusive predecessor. Systems in these country be it in parkistan, srilanka or any other part in the region are so rotten so that things would NOT find it easy to change. It take some time to make a real change in the society. In PARKISTAN, it is even worst wkith their very poor literacy rates and the religion that is given a place that society. There are few millions of the rich but majority of people are very poor. Most that flee the country for Europe are from middle class to poor fractions. I dont think Imran will be able to make a real change ina country almost everything is rotten beyond cure.
      Ours can be healed but it will take our 22 million to see it right. If Media men would relinquish their greedy agenda but work only for the benefit of the people. Then ours can easily be taken a ride within shorter period of time.
      We need people to realize that Rajapakshes and the like men would only SEE their pockets. They are pseudo patriots and born opportunists.

      Good luck to SRILANKA :::

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      Good leaders alone cant make a tangible change in a country – so long people stay highly corrupted and abusive – the best example is from SRILANKA.
      So, if a country with higher social indicators cant see it further how can a nation filled with illiterates ( Pakistan- literacy rate is just 50% or less) how can do it.
      If this would work, pigs might fly.

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    You can do it if you start with checking Corruption with the final goal of eradication. This should be your priority which will throw all Political crooks behind bars. Very good example is Srl Lanka where the new Government lost its priorities and let the Political crooks off the hook for a long time who in turn got the better of the current Government.

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    I think Dayan Jayathilake is saying something useful. Modi, IMran Kahn, Daniel Dutertate are people oriented leaders. Sri lankan leaders are focused simply on wealth, power and super luxury life. I heard even Singapore is associating with the west. That is why they can go without their country being destroyed by drugs. Sri lanka needs a completely a new group of politics. the recycled exsiting group what ever the way come they are for corruption and for they themselves. so, Rajapakses, LSSP, Communists and all others are rats. they know exactly what they want.

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      JD, Jim the Dimwit Softy

      “I think Dayan Jayathilake is saying something useful. Modi, IMran Kahn, Daniel Dutertate are people oriented leaders.”

      Are they?
      Dr Mahinda Rajapaksa too started as not only a people oriented but also a champion of human rights and finally he turned out to be the most family/clan oriented crooked mass killer.

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      JD,

      those countries whose elected presidents or pms have been Modi, Imran, Duterte are all can control their media MEN by today.

      But Srilanka s media mafia are run by former thugs. They support Rajapakshes.
      So whatever good being introduced by current men would not outreach masses.
      So people think that nothing move foward. But the truth is road and other construction move forward but wihtout any PUBLICITY being given to them.
      Like the activities of mahindodaya … where just a toilet or school lab was innaugerated by spending millions just for the propaganda… work was what Mahinda did all along. Today, the country and state cant afford to do so, the debts left behind by Rajapkshe to be paid off year to another. Rajapkashes enjoyed those debts since his terms coincided with the grace periods of the loans.
      Those who know it, know it very well, but MEDIA men dont give publicity even after 3 years of NEW govt.
      This is a great problem. Media men should be stoned on broad day light not to have done their job impartially sofar. So how can the poor masses know the truth ?

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    There are some countries in Middle east such as IRan, Syria which tried to go neutral. Even though they help the west in every thing, still those countries are pariah states are on the verge of destruction. Iran since 1950s tried to be a fair country. but, the world simply do not allow them to be non-nucelar country ad exist. Sri lanka got used to be corrupt. whether it is Ranil+ MANGALA and Maithria or Rajpakse and most others. IT is the same world with so many Mole Rats in the parliament.

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    It is unbelieaable to hear from a man who did not speak against a word against those murderers of number of journalists, those who created anti minority policies and violence against minorities and those who corrupted this nation and completely killed the law and order and wiped out justice sytem until now speaks about the need for change. What made him to do now?

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      Ajith
      Are you referring to 1982 (Jaffna library), 1983 (Black July) and 1989 (Bheeshanaya) ?
      Soma

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        somass

        “Are you referring to 1982 (Jaffna library), 1983 (Black July) and 1989 (Bheeshanaya) ?”

        Was there a 1982 (Jaffna Library) too?
        The one I am told took place between 31 May 1981 and 2 Jun 1981.

        I always mentioned the following:
        1956, 1958, 9th January 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 2013, 2018, 30 years, and from 1948 to date.

        What did you personally profit from all these Sinhala/Buddhist rage organised by state and racists sponsored programs?

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        somass

        Sorry I forgot weeping widow’s first taste of blood in 1971, by the way she was the leader of SLFP.

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        Soma,
        I am not referring to only these three particular years (it is not 1982, it is 1981 jaffna library burning) because Srilanka had only less than 50 years of Sinhalese only rule in the period of at least 1000 years. I thought you must have very good knowledge of the period of large number of journalists abducted or missing or murdered within the period of 50 years, anti minority policies started with forced state sponsored colonization, standardization based on race, Sinhala only act, ……… to the recent attack on Muslims and the corruption levels and unlawful governance and destrucion of justice system between 2005 and 2018.

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      Ajith,

      Get with it, my friend. In Dr. Humbug’s world the raison d’etre for populist nationalism is to keep Western imperialism in check. So be it if people have to be murdered, white vanned and raped, the national wealth brazenly stolen and Eastern imperialists lovingly embraced.

      Best,
      Babi

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    He (I Khan) should have stuck with cricket. He will be another failure like many others who changed fileds. Ranathunga, Jayasuriya, Geetha Kumarasinghe, Gamini Fonseka, Malini Fonseka, Susanthika Jayasinghe, Ravindara Randeniya, Paba, Rajesh Khanna, Vijaya Kumaranathunga, Arnold Schawezanger are few examples. Only exceptions are Ronald Regan, Ranjan Ramanayake and Sarath Fonseka.

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      You forgot Donald Trump ……….. the greatest success story in history.

      Dayan is going to write the book ……… reserve ye copy

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      There is a difference here,,,and a huge one.it took 22 years for him to get here..Imagine how much he would have learnt in that time..if anyone can change pakistan ,he can,,,has to be able to.

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    Dayan
    What “global Zeitgeist” for Sri Lankans who have now completely indigenized even the Buddha. Besides, are you also recommending the rigging involved in Imran’s ‘victory’?

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    Dear DJ
    IK won on the basis of being against Corruption but you DJ you are standing up for the corrupted people such as Rajapaksa clan. You are a sickening person who stands against peace and progress in SL

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    Another “WIN” for China. Now await to see what India is going to do. India can easily blindfold the Sri Lankan politicians; bu still doubt it because China “GRABBED” the opportunity before. India – forget those tactics with Pakistan and it is not that easy. You know what “ROLE” Pakistan Armed Forces play in the “Political Field”. So, don’t rush to any conclusions.

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      Douglas Man

      Haven’t you heard of Imperial overstretch, an old hypothesis popularized by Prof Paul Kennedy in his 1987 book The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers?

      Every empire commits itself beyond its means, be it Roman, Persian, British, German, ………….. The China’s rapid expansion is also no exception to the above hypothesis, its a matter of time …

      On the other hand you should look into Hela (Sinhela, Singhe Le, Sinhala/Buddhists) Empires rapid expansion which brought almost 99.99 of land and sea under its control with the support of VP, Hindia, West, Pakistan, …………. China, ….
      Many believe even the founder of this empire Chakravartin Mahinda couldn’t believe
      his own eyes and he invited VP for session with him before being tortured and killed.

      The question is how long will this empire last given that the military and economic commitments are so huge as it happened it never had the means to create one in the first place let alone maintain it forever?

      You should read “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers”
      I am sure you will see Dayan the public racist quoting from this book within the next few week.

      If ever there is Chinese menace it is for the Hindian’s to deal with it. Don’t sacrifice the ceremonial army challenging Chinese Red Army/Navy/Air force/Space Force for the crooks/state need it to slaughter our own people from time to time, irrespective of who is sitting in the top chair.

      Have a good day.

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    The credit goes to Pakistan electorates. They have the guts and intelligence to break the Dynasty politics in Pakistan.

    The Sri Lankan electorates are stuck with the Rajapakses, the Banadranaikes and the Ranils and the Maha Snagha

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    “South Asian politics “had” only one charismatic star in the firmament—Narendra Modi. Now it has two. “

    Dayan you say “had” …so you admit none of the Sri Lankan politics lacked what you call charismatic star . Perhaps they deserve a Hitler.

    However Modi is whipping up Hindu extremism…his days are numbered

    Khan is looking for a ambassador to Russia as no one in Pakistan are interested..

    Perhaps you should send him an tweet “Khan I can do Russia”

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    Mrs U.
    Will you vote Kumar Sankakara if he is going to be running for next presidential election?
    Do not worry too much from many bad apples ..there are so many good people in sport ..
    Imran and Kumar.S. are some of them.
    They are not greedy power .but they are devoted for a mission in life with a clear vision for their countires ..
    If thugs and idiots could come to power like that of many people we see in politics ..
    Why not imran or why not KUMAR SAMGA?
    YOU got it wrong when you compare good and bad people..

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    Surprised and glad to read sensible and independent views from DJ.

    Great reading.

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    DAYAN IS NOW PREPARING THE GROUND WORK TO BECOME NEXT SRILANAKN REPRESENTATIVE IN PAKISTAN. UNDER IMRANHAN .UNLESS IMRAN COOPERATE AND TOW IN LINE WITH PAKISTAN ARMY HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED AS NUMBER ONE IN PAKISTAN.

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    Sure. Imran Khan’s speech is inspirational.
    As a country which has 29.5% of the population below the poverty line, it isn’t surprising for him to give priority to poverty alleviation.
    India’s population below poverty line was 21.2% while Sri Lanka’s 6.7% (2012).
    According to Trading Economics, Sri Lanka’s Government debt is US$ 66.75 Billion in 2017 (10.65 trillion rupees).
    Sadly, Sri Lanka’s present situation is disturbing.
    Unlike Pakistan and India, Sri Lanka has opted to sell her vital assets to foreign countries.
    A port at a major shipping route followed by several other harbours (on the way), both major airports and regional airports (on the way), shipping lines, aviation, lands, housing/condominiums, power&energy, insurance, construction, almost all major industries including fisheries (India), gem and jewellery (China), clothing/textiles (will be the next) are already in the hands of powerful foreign governments/companies or in the process of acquiring by them.
    The end result will be our total reliance on powerful countries economically where they will exercise control over our political and economic situation. Same goes with foreign aid and FDI. Foreign firms could easily dominate our local market collapsing local industries.
    As seen already, the Yahapalanaya government has formulated custom-made trade policies and sale/lease agreements to the interest of powerful countries.
    Yahapalanaya government has pushed the country into a deep hole called trade liberalization. They don’t exercise caution at all.
    Government boasts of bringing investors but in actual terms what we see is acquisitions and takeovers of our assets and industries.
    One particular sector is also in danger of liberalizing which is my biggest worry.
    Whoever who is the next President, he will have to deal with this situation where the country will have to economically rely on thriving industries owned by foreigners.

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    Q: “We want to learn from China how they brought 700 million people out of poverty …”
    A: They were clever enough to steal intellectual property from the US and socialistically implement it on the masses.
    Moral: First become communist…..Second, steal U.S. intellectual property….Third, socialize the copies.

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      ramona grandma therese fernando

      First, praise the lord Mao
      Second, praise the lord Mao
      Third, praise the lord Mao
      In between long for better life and freedom
      The cost of Maoism runs into millions of life
      Then after Mao was gone which was a great event for many ordinary people of the country, Dengism followed with the following quote:
      “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.”
      and also private investments followed from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, UK, Europe, USA, ……………………………….. and made China rich, corrupt and arrogant.

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        Nonetheless, the One and Only way it happened, and can happen, NV. No other paradigm available.

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    Let us not speculate about politicians by their opening speeches or electoral promises or even for that matter the philanthropic deeds prior to winning the legislative power. They, sometimes guided by compulsions of all kinds are unable to keep to their avowed track. Sometimes the unholy alliances that they kept and helped to win power may use the bullet for the failure of their expectations. By the date of January 8, 2015, I had hopes for a change in Sri Lanka for the better and casted my vote accordingly. But what is it now? It is a big disappointment. So, if Imran got his majority, then let him first perform. After that, let us examine his progress in real terms. Anybody can tell me that “once bitten twice shy”. Yes! It is so!

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    Live discussion Imran Khan’s Victory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1_M3YKu-D0

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    Thero is writing this because Dr. W.A Wijewardena wrote to Lankawe to take a lesson from Malaysia. Khan is a star candidate. He took from 1996 to now to make the party lead. It is still only leading, in not an outright victory. There is going to be Pakistani Yahapalanaya Unity government. ( If two South Asian political parties join, it doesn’t get added, it get squared, in notoriety. ) But in Lankawe those are (star Candidacy) is an instant game. SWRD did it. Sirimavo did it. Chandrika did it. Partially Slap Party did it in LG election of 2018. So the question is how reliable Khan’s backup is? It appear neither his Star performance nor his Charismatic performance has very powerful appeal to the poor. SWRD and MGR were really able to touch the poor’s’ heart and mind. It is hard to conclude from this election if has wide or any specific support of people. After Jinnah there was no real leader in Pakistan. Jinnah was not a foresighted person. Because of his blunders Pakistan is suffering from the time it was created. Bhutto Family was not charismatic people’s leaders, but powerful landowners. Nawaz Sharif and Zardari are extreme corruption guys. Pakistan punishes some people better than Lankawe, but still not worth enough to mention that. Recently the constitutional grip has improved the power of the parliament and Supreme Court. (One can expect Pakistan to go on that path.) Yet, what happened in this election is copycat of Jan & Sep, 2015 combined. Pakistanis are tired of their Ranil or Pakistan Old King. So Pakistan has selected their New King. So the reality is, In fact, Pakistan has taken a lesson from Lankawe. So Imran Khan is not the solution. But there are a lot of chances that he turns out to be the new problem.

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    When new King was selected there were promises after promises. TNA told in North that Tamils problems are already solved. After Chandrika and Madulawe Sobitha Thero praised this rotten Gamaralaya as the ideal candidate, he was described as Lincoln. He said even if he faces the SWRD or Lincoln’s end he will resolve the countries problems. So as at today, what Imran Khan said was only another South Asian politician’s talk. We have to see the actual results (like Cuba), not Thero De Silva adjectives. Thero imbecile compares the people by adjectives. What does he do is “This one left, that is right the other one is center and another one is center-center” By this, he demean the meanings of words “left, right, center”. Anyone he describes by those adjectives is completely rotten criminal rowdy rascals only. Old King, Richard .P, Castro, Brother Prince……….none of them are human beings. He never had an association with a normal person. So all what he do of his deficiency is falsely & meaninglessly using all adjectives to describe all his rotten pals.

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    Dayan Jayathillake is not the best person to analyse I Khan and what happenned in that country.

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      Shiromani Manage, OK granted. Dayan Jayatilleka is not the best person to analyse I Khan. Who, in your mind, is the best person?

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    Poverty alleviation is what imran wants . The sri Lankan leaders wants the poor to be enslaved be it the middle east, pauperised by debt, any social benefits to be removed etc. The present sri lankan leaders are not leaders they are Rogues,Scroungers and believe in a predatory society where stealing is the only policy and destruction of sri lanka and its people the other. The Sri lankan leaders and imran have policies poles apart.

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    He could not save his mother from the death having cancer he intended to build
    a caner hospital to save/ treat/cure/care other people frees of service.

    When it is free the struggle for paying the bill is not in the mind

    A healthy mind lives in a healthy body

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    The article is about Imran Khan and not Dayan J. One has this enduring hope that readers and commentators are issue based and not personality based. Whether Imran will succeed or not remains to be seen as he has not even started. Something that could be said about his party is about positive changes taking place in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which is now governed by his party. At this stage we have to go by Imran’s political history, his relentless attack on corruption and his leadership qualities and by and large, the vision he has articulated. How could anyone disagree with that vision? I think its generally well known that the Military leaned towards him as it had decided that the scandal ridden mega corrupt former regime was taking Pakistan down a bottomless pit and something had to be done to stop that slide. The military plays a major role in Pakistan and it has taken on a kind of guardian role in politics as they feel that the national security of the country, which is their paramount responsibility, in interwoven with how the political establishment functions. Whatever his faults might be, Imran promises to be the lotus in a pond full of mud. Lets all hope he will indeed be that lotus and not decay and become part of the mud. Does Sri Lanka need an Imran Khan? Very definitely yes. We are in a sea of mud and no lotus in sight!

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    Release Nawz Shariiff now, not tomorrow

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    he is another talk only guy
    the military will tell him what to do
    your article has value because it might help sanga to step in where angels fear to tread

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    It’s TIME for Sangakkara to throw his hat to contest the Presidential Election

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      Cricket helmet you mean?

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