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Ranil is not racist but gangs running behind him are openly chauvinist

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The conflict within the UNP is not a clash of personalities. I am convinced of it more than ever today. The radical young leaders insist that the problem is in Ranil’s nature.

His attitude of taking every thing within the passive, liberal framework is making the party politically impotent. Hence, all conservatives have gathered behind him. Though Ranil talks of social democracy; his close adjutants do not know the elementary meaning of the word.

True, Ranil is not a racist, but gangs running behind him are openly chauvinist. Ranil’s mode of operation indirectly helps the government to continue its wile policies, thus putting every body in danger. These are the criticisms made by the anti Ranil radicals. Then they say that it is necessary to replace him with a more dynamic character. However the necessary question I raised was about the politics of the contender. What is his attitude to the crisis faced by neo liberal capitalism? Does he agree to devolution as a political solution to the Tamil national problem?

What will they do to the state welfare, etc? It is impossible for me to accept that a protracted struggle for the leadership of the oldest bourgeoisie party could take place, purely on personal issues. In the past UNP leaders of a different kind existed within the leadership. There were conflicts which appeared to be personality clashes. But in the final analysis we could see a political struggle. The Dudley – Sir John clash was classified as a personality clash by many critics. But clearly it was a clash between liberals and hard liners. After the hartal, to which Sir John gave indirect help, bourgeois society wanted a strong man to deal with the left leaders. Sir John became the obvious choice ands he ruled the country like an iron fisted man.

So what is the concoction here? What are we getting from the United National Party? Instead of a liberal democrat, who wanted to transform himself to a social democrat, are we getting a Sinhala nationalist? We are already suffering under an uncompromising hard line Sinhala nationalist and do we get an opposition leader of the same kind. That means this is the inauguration of another Phantom series. We will be suffering under an immortal chauvinist presidency.

It is true that already the difference between the two parties has disappeared to a large extent. Both worked within the framework of no liberalism accepting the dictates of the IMF. Populism and pseudo socialism of the SLFP died at the hands of Chandrika two decades ago. Mahinda burnt the dead body of populist socialism and threw the ashes to the deep sea and accepted the crown of the Sinhala chauvinists.

Ranil differed and struggled to build a social democratic opposition. It is true that he created much misgiving within the UNP rank and file in this process. Not only did he antagonize the pro Sinhala lobby within the party, but also some of the minority leaders associated with the UNP. He rashly assumed that minorities will be with him without protest. In politics nothing can be taken for granted. In the end it is a minority owned TV channel that did the biggest damage to his leadership.

Ranil travels a lot and he is aware of the world economic situation. He knows better than any other bourgeoisie leader the truth of the left criticism. We have stressed that the failure of the IMF, World Bank and WTO to represent and further the interests of the developing world, through their one-size-fits-all approach, has lead to the collapse of trade negations, widespread criticism of their effectiveness, and bitter international protest.

Many countries are rejecting the neo liberal ideologies of the ‘unholy trinity’ with intensifying calls for their reform or decommissioning. He doesn’t agree to all that, but he knows that a social and democratic approach is the minimum for the survival of his party. Inevitably a democratic approach is necessary as far as the Tamil national problem is concerned. In that scenario a compromise with the left is the strategy. This is the strategy he executed in the past and also his future plan.

We have to admit that the left is still very weak. In that situation it is a folly to allow the backward chauvinists to dominate the political arena. At this moment eclipse of Ranil doesn’t bring a wind fall to the left. On the contrary we have to agitate together with the liberal democracy against many sided reactionary chauvinism. The left has to keep its eyes open widely.

26 Comments

  1. Gamunu says:

    I agree with Dr. Vickramabahu. His ideas are politically matured. But recently I saw him criticizing Ranil’s call to boycott Sirasa due to its biased, politically motivated and detrimental media practice and behaviour. He argued Ranils request was a blow to the media freedom. I very much doubt Dr. Vickramabahu’s wisdom there. Ranil has neither invoked a repeat of Mervyn Silva on Sirasa nor people to attack it. If someone engages in disseminating lies and conflicts in a society it is quite sane, normal and logical that someone comes along and say, “please stop this or we will not patronize you”.

    Anyone can understand that Sirasa is not acting as a normal, respectful and impartial media institution. There is no difference between Sirasa and state owned media: they are misrepresenting the facts and taken on the role of implanting their biased political affiliation and ideas in the minds of unreasoning public. They have taken the viewers of their channel prisoners and Ranil has only suggested and requested that we be free of that prison!

  2. Gabriel says:

    Dr. Vickramabahu, any comments on Gamunu’s?

  3. Dinuk says:

    Agreed! But the UNP really needs to be modernized and new folks need to bring in new ideas.
    1. the problem with Ranil is that he is a shameless dictator within the UNP who has got his friends into the working committee so they vote for him. The election for the UNP party leader is a farce and there needs to be a general election since his victory clearly does not reflect the will of the larger UNP membership.
    2. Any decent leader would have stepped down after so many election loses for the fact is that Ranil is NOT acceptable for ordinary Sri Lankan voters even if the UNP working committee which is a club appointed by Ranil might find him OK.
    3.While Sajith is definitely a Sonhala Chauvinist who espouses the Rajapakse line, the fact is that Ranil has failed to groom second generation liberal leadership because he is so power hungry and by default Sajith is using dynastic politics to come to the fore even though as you point out he had not concept of national or international issues and debates.
    4 In the context SL civil society must lead a discussion on the leadership succession of the UNP which is a national party and not he property of either Ranil or Dajith. It is time that the Left and Sri Lankan civil society lead discurssion, boycott Ranil and Sajith and seek new YOUNGER leadership because right now the Rajapkases are getting away literally with murder due to the disaster that Ranil and Sajith have made in the UNP.
    5. Ranil has been the darling of SL civil society for too long and this should stop. He should be as much criticiszed as the Rajapakeses if not more so for they have actually done a few things but Ranil has done nothing and is now increasingly racist and supporting the Govt.
    6. Why did the damage to Ranils care at Sri Kotha cost 4 million. Why does he need such an expensive car. He should lead by example and refuse the extravagance of the Tajapakse regime. He is in fact both overtly and tacitly supporting the Rajapakse’s in order to survive. Do not fool yourself Ranil is NOT a liberal anymore! He is a power hungry jerk without any principles at this time.

  4. Dinuk says:

    Agreed Dr. Bahu! But the UNP really needs to be modernized and new folks need to bring in new ideas.
    1. the problem with Ranil is that he is a shameless dictator within the UNP who has got his friends into the working committee so they vote for him. The election for the UNP party leader is a farce and there needs to be a general election since his victory clearly does not reflect the will of the larger UNP membership.
    2. Any decent leader would have stepped down after so many election defeats for the fact is that Ranil is NOT acceptable for ordinary Sri Lankan voters even if the UNP working committee which is a club appointed by Ranil might find him OK.
    3.While Sajith is definitely a Sunhala Chauvinist who espouses the Rajapakse line, the fact is that Ranil has failed to groom second generation liberal leadership because he is so power hungry and by default Sajith is using dynastic politics to come to the fore even though as you point out he had not concept of national or international issues and debates.
    4 In the context SL civil society must lead a discussion on the leadership succession of the UNP which is a national party and not he property of either Ranil or Sajith (Karu was any way useless). It is time that the Left and Sri Lankan civil society lead a discussion and search for new leadership in the UNP that reflects the partys liberal values in a modern post-colonial context, boycott Ranil and Sajith and seek new YOUNGER leadership because right now the Rajapkases are getting away literally with murder due to the disaster that Ranil and Sajith have made in the UNP.
    5. Ranil has been the darling of SL civil society for too long and this should stop. He should be as much criticised as the Rajapakeses if not more so for they have actually done a few things but Ranil has done nothing and is now increasingly racist and supporting the Govt.
    6. Why did the damage to Ranils car at Sri Kotha cost 4 million. Why does he need such an expensive car. He should lead by example and refuse the extravagance of the Rajapakse regime. He is in fact both overtly and tacitly supporting the Rajapakse’s in order to survive. Do not fool yourself Ranil is NOT a liberal anymore! He is a power hungry jerk without any principles at this time.

  5. Gabriel says:

    Seems we have discovered a neo-liberal Ranil critique in Dinuk who appears to have opened new political mud shop in addition to the already operating ones. Wonder who gave him the license and what side of the bed he got up from!

    Dinuk, you are well advised that before you gauge the shamelessness of Ranil you better check your stupidity and hatred towards Ranil. Because of your trivial knowledge of politics you are incapable of making a fair assessment of Ranil, his politics and the contemporary political situation in the country.

    Read what Dr. Vickramabahu has written several times if you have any problem of understanding. Not satisfied yet? Answer these questions:

    “..new folks need to bring in new ideas”

    Some of the new ideas brought in by the new folks against the ‘shameless dictator’ to add more democratizing flavor to UNP is the amendment to its constitution and holding elections every year to select the leader. You know what transpired a few days ago thanks to these ‘new ideas’ of ‘new folks’: the very home of UNP was literally brought down to ground including sacrilege of the National and the Buddhist Flags, the political ideologists and harbingers of democracy have gone to jail after the election campaign and thanks to their secret nexus with the government managed to tamper with law and got bail-they are now on a fact distortion mission generously supported by notorious ‘lie 1st’ TV channel. For your information: new ideas are good but utilizing already existing ideas are equally important.

    “.. Any decent leader would have stepped down after so many election defeats ..”

    After stepping down can you mention who is there to take the leadership: Sajith, Karu, Rajith, Pujitha, you or your father? Don’t utter words that have no meaning or any practicality. No one can groom someone to be a leader, a leader has to emerge; not through conspiracies and manipulations but through organization and performance. People will definitely appreciate the performer.

    “..It is time that the Left and Sri Lankan civil society lead a discussion and search for new leadership in the UNP..”

    Applications are called for the post of Leadership of UNP! Are you proposing we kick out Ranil and embark on a leadership finding mission like the Sirasa Superstar farce? Be pragmatic man. We have Ranil at the helm and who needs another hero!

    “..Why did the damage to Ranils car at Sri Kotha cost 4 million. Why does he need such an expensive car. He should lead by example and refuse the extravagance of the Rajapakse regime..”

    This is the best ‘new idea’ of a ‘new folk’! Are you proposing a Morris Minor for Opposition Leader? Come on man, tread on land! This is not Ranil’s car, it is the official vehicle given to leader of the opposition whoever it is including your father if he is one!

  6. Daniel says:

    Dinuk,
    It is not his car. It is provided by the government to the Leader of the Opposition.

  7. Don says:

    Srilankans have become a laughing lot in the modern politics.
    When a elections comes every body is happy to go and vote for Mahinda and the lot. Election after Election we have seen this. Because they won the wore. They killed Prabakaran and liberated SL from terrorism. That is true isn’t it? So the grateful nation is duty bound to vote for them. That is waht they say. Those who don’t are traitors. Fair enough- Loyalty. So all vote for Mahinda & the lot. Mahinda wins and Mahinda rules.

    Those who don’t like Mahinda to win,still don’t go to the polling booth, stay home expecting others to vote and defeat Mahinda (typical SL way). When that does’t happen there is RW to blame for the defeat. Because it is all his fault that Mahinda wins and he looses every election. Why? He is not wearing sarama baniyama like Mahinda does. That is what at-least his fellow contestants keep singing after every defeat. What they don’t tell is why the sarama baniyama that they wear in public do not bring enough votes at least in their own constituencies to defeat Mahinda. Are they too transparent to push the votes to the other side?. Or are they seen something none patriotic, but some sort of a traitor in there? This is something they need to discover before the next election if they are to defeat Mahinda.

    Mahinda wins, and Mahinda rules.

    The people who voted and not voted both begins to feel the heat. Some agrees, some don’t. But the beauty is no one blame the government. Because it is not right and it is a sin to do so. Because Mahinda and Mahinda alone won the war. There is no LTTE terrorism any more. People can go about without fear of bombs but a no number plate white van may be. But if you are clever enough to keep eyes and mouth shut you may survive the threat for some time.
    Then again why blame Government for any of these when there is a man voted or not voted in to take the blame ready made.The opposition leader -RW. By default he should fight your comer to keep the government in check. Gang up with his party colleges who are falling one over the other to take his place clainming all sort of qualifications like wearing sarama baniyama, birth right,

  8. makalu says:

    Dr. W/Bahu
    You are perfectly correct. Most of people in the country cant understand RW and current situation of Sri Lanka. The one and only leader who can make a turning point for Sri Lanka towards betterment is RW. All races,Nations,and religions respect and accept him very well. He does not follow cheep methods like changing suite to pure white national one with a plate of flowers in one hand to be popular. According to current situation in UNP,I feel only about 10% of its members are against him ,they want powers quickly.RW is fighting with them alone. Not even his senior supporters in Working committee join with him. It is a surprise/. May be they are scarce of the 10% chauvinists/racists. The SIRASA is the biggest criminal in launching the project. One day they will realize the reality of it. Just because one millionaire invest and open a Medea channel, it want become a common media organisation. They are totally in breach of medea ethics. Definitely,The SIRASA TV channel will have to face consequences of the indecent project in near future naturally ,I feel.

  9. Madduma Bandara says:

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  10. kanda says:

    Analysing from a different angle as person not alinged to any party and therefore have no need to defend any, I would say that no party in current existence would make any difference unless and until the current constitution of Sri Lanka is done away with. That is the cause of every evil in this country. Even the total write offs like Sajith Premadasa have developed ambitions amounting to obsession because of the power centralized into the hands of the Executive President. He of all the people in the opposition should know that being the son of the former Executive President. Hunger for power is like addiction to opium or heroin. That is what he has. Unfortunately he has failed to pick up at least some pragmatic approaches followed by his father.

    It will be possible to get rid of this curse of a constitution only every one irespective of party or faction politics to save this country!!

  11. Kalu Albert says:

    Just defeated and the aspiring UNP Leader, Mr Karu Jayasuriya was give a few tips on how to move forward , by the undisputed Leader of the Proletariat.( at least the proletariat in Kelaniya), the ever green, Dr Mervyn Silva.

    This is when the supposed to be the real care taker of the Proletariat offers his advice to the undisputed leader of the Elite, and the custodian of the culture of our Old Colonial masters.

    Average punters today don’t care much about any of these definitions about capitalism or socialism.

    All they want is live in a peaceful society , with rapid economic growth, jobs, schools hospitals and a hopeful future for their kids.

    These are the vast majority who are gathering behind the current leadership in ever increasing numbers.

    And this great majority cuts across all ethnic groups and religions.

    And UNP Leaders are still trying to understand this new social transformation.

  12. Malik says:

    Kalu Albert, there is an old saying when people have eaten gods rice they mutter such things. There is no medicine for inborn moron because a moron cannot perceive concepts such as correlation, realism and fallacy.

    Just look at the moronic words this fool has written which are totally opposed to the reality out there!

    “.. Average punters today don’t care much about any of these definitions about capitalism or socialism..”

    Yes, a handful of punters like you may be punting with the extortioned money from the poor and your moronic king will soon be opening a punting street dedicated to that sole purpose, gambling. We know so long as you can carry on plundering you morons do not care about capitalism or socialism.

    “..All they want is live in a peaceful society , with rapid economic growth, jobs, schools hospitals and a hopeful future for their kids..”

    Kalu Albert-who gave you this ugly name?, do you read news papers, not government ones? Where is this economic prosperity? Rather we read news about white vanning, rape, raping tourists and shooting them, overwhelming corruption and inefficiency, bribe, total lack of law and order, complete collapse of education system-your moronic government has not been able to release A/L results so far- the substandard drugs and appalling conditions of hospitals, you name it it is there! Yours is the worst regime in the history of Sri Lanka.

    “..These are the vast majority who are gathering behind the current leadership in ever increasing numbers..”

    Do you remember the vast gathering at Katunayake FTZ where your ‘fake proud father of all Sri Lankans’ ordered the attack on thousands of poor labourers and killed Roshan? Don’t you have shame to utter these lies?

    You will soon witness how this new transformation cutting across all ethnic groups and gathering momentum to dispel this dark period of Rajapaksha corrupt regime propped up by stupids like you takes place during next year!! People have now resolved enough is enough, the international too has resolved the same. You better dig a hole to creep in!

  13. John wayne says:

    Hey are you Ranil’s propaganda secretary Angel Gabrial? Dinuk has hit the nail on the head man! Just face facts.. Something is indeed rotten in SL and it is the two main political party leaderships that stink to high heaven!
    In England and other functional democracies a leader of a party who loses a national election steps down but Ranil is clinging like a limpet to power – that is the MAIN POINT. Ranil will never win a general election in Sri Lanka AS LONG AS HE LIVES and there fore he should face facts and get out!
    He is also setting a very bad example to Rajapakse who also loves power by his behaviour and cronyism.
    The larger point is that the political culture in the two main parties (UNP under Ranil and SLFP under MR is particularly noxious) really needs cleaning up and Dinuk is right civil society needs to take a stand and lead the debate on reform of the 2 political parties and the political culture. This is a wider issue as noted in the LLRC Report and comment that ALL politicians apologise to the people of Lanka!

  14. Dinuk says:

    Yes, I know that it is not his car but it was given by the Rajapkse regime who know that they are on a winning wicket at long as Ranil is leader of UNP! The MERC is a bribe – get it?! He after all had the option to REFUSE it – the right thing to do. “Set a better example”, as Bob Marley sang for gods sakes, if Ranil had any principles! BUT HE DOES NOT!
    Why does RW need a bullet – proof Merc, man? Why do the Colombo politicians need super luxury vehicles crawling the pot holed roads of Lanka? There are more Audis, BMWs, and Mecrs that were in any case build for the high speed German Auto Bahn. These cars and are redundant in land locked Lanka which is a tiny country compared to Germany and Europe. There are more BMWs and Audies and Lexus SUVs in Colombo than in Oslo which is the capital of the world’s richest country! These cars are status symbols for corrupt politicians who are looting our tax money, and examples of conspicuous consumption of the morally and intellectually bankrupt political class – particularly given that the PUBLIC TRANSPORT system is appalling. Lankans must “get up, stand up for their rights” (Bob Marley) against the political culture of corporate colonialism and corruption man! Ranil is a huge part of the problem and not the solution!

  15. James Bond says:

    Good stuff Dinuk!
    Yes and the Colombo night races and drag races are all about the Rajapucksa family having fun! Meanwhile the GoSL has no funds to pay farmers pensions, academics salaries, amd the census and stats, department which should have done the National Census this year is in shambles and generating all sorts of fictitious figures: huge growth rates, declining poverty rates, while Fitch rating has put Sri Lanka as high risk investment environment.
    And now the education Ministry is fixing the A level results, another of the root causes of the ethnic conflict – University entrances exclusion – look out at the inevitable fixing at the next elections.. Meanwhile Ranil is fiddling while Lanka burns! No a squeak out of the prat about the LRRC report, need to demilitarize and restore institutions and democracy etc..
    Well what do you expect there ain’t no democracy or DEMOCRATIC PROCESS in the UNP – so who cares about democracy in Lanka!

  16. Kalu Albert says:

    Seems good advice from a non aligned!!

    What can the poor punters do in the mean time ???

  17. Kalu Albert says:

    Seems Malik already has New Year;s Resolution.

    Keep the spirits up.

  18. muzammil says:

    What’s wrong in having election and standing for posts and winning and losing?Ranil won and it was
    expected.Did he win out of popularity?Is he capable
    of attracting public attention?His working committee
    elected him its leader.Karu surely knew the outcome.
    What matters most is,how long it will take for voters
    to ignore this trouble stricken UNP’s inability, to
    bounce back as a force.Even now Ranil proudly says that there’s no “short cut” to power,as if all others wanted a short cut.
    While MR is hell bent,not to let any trivial issue
    upset his agenda,Ranil exposes himself that he can
    wait.FOR HOW LONG?

  19. Guy Fawkes says:

    Dr Vicramabahu’s assesment that ‘Ranil is not a racist’ is not any better than his assesment of own party coming to power in this millenium, let alone this decade.

    When Ranil addresses his subordinates, Aisay, a derogatory term to refer to what someone think as inferior, the leader of the UNP does not become qualified to be called a living saint either, in the real world that we live in apart from the fantasy land that Dr Vicramabahu lives in.

  20. Naga says:

    Kalu

    Did you hear about the latest miracle of the GCE (A/L) results? Did you hear about the Tangalle treatment of tourism miracle? No doubt people will flock around the regime for a different reason sooner than later. Everything is bursting at the seams. You would not agree if I say that we are currenly goinf through an era immediately prior to the darkest era of the country.

  21. Kalu Albert says:

    Good call Guy,

    I thought “Thamuse” is harsher than “Aisay” for the latter seems a derivative or an adjunct of “I Say” to attract attention and emphasize ones point.

    No wonder Mr Ranil “Jilmart” Wickremasinghe is begging Gota to give him extra STF to protect Sirikotha and himself.

  22. John Wayne says:

    Right! Sajith Premadasa is a bird brain. Personally I think that he is morally and intellectually backward, i;e just plain too stupid because by now he should have learned on the job and figured out what the key national and international issues are and his position on them, for example, power sharing with minorities. liberal and multicultural values etc. and sent clear messages to the public. I think Sajith is simply not intelligent enough to lead the UNP, aside from the fact that he does not have moper or less liberal values. In his lack of intelligence he is quite unlike his father Premadasa Sn. and very like Rajapakse who is cunning but not wise.

    The point is that the UNP party constitution should be changed to require any leader who looses a national election or 2 consecutive sub-national elections be required to resign from the leadership position. Ranil has been in the leadership post so long that he has stacked the working committee with his friends who are blocking change. He should have had to resign so that the working committee members are forced to use their imagination a little bit and find a new leader, and if this new leader too losses a general election then he too must resign and another be appointed. This is the only way that the UNP may rejuvenate and enable young talent and democracy to reemerge. Both the UNP constitution and the Sri Lanka constitution need change because they have enabled entrenchment of dictators.

  23. Gabriel says:

    Guy Fawkes, John Wayne, Dinuk; So you all are clinging like limpets to the idea that Ranil is not suitable for the leadership, elucidate by examples from England etc. when a leader is defeated they have all resigned, that he uses the word “Aisay” which disqualifies him, that he uses an expensive car instead may be a motorcycle, he has had a series of defeats, emphasize the need to clean the stinking party may be sending to laundry etc.

    There is another way of looking at this: in England they have tried this trick. The Conservatives after their lost in 1997 changed five party leaders from 1997 to 2005 but all of them lost the general elections and were unable to form a government except David Cameron in 2010 election ended in a ‘hung’ parliament 19 seats short of an overall majority and formed a government by a coalition with another party. So if changing the leader could not achieve the result in a vibrant democracy like in England why should we adopt a failed experiment here? As for the other trivial things like the expensive car, “Aisay” and may be as someone suggested the colossal problem of the colour of Ranil’s underwear etc. I cannot but reveal the superficial and limited understanding of those who are making these non-issues political issues of the country and the era.

    The series of repeated defeats is not the fault of Ranil because how did he win back in 2001? Today’s Ranil is the same Ranil as in 2001, but now with more maturity and experience. His mannerism is the same, elocution is the same, smile or no smile is the same, leniency towards criticism is the same and he has not either gone insane or mentally imbalanced.

    Then why defeated? This is where the problem lies. Unlike in the past today the whole gamut of political status quo is dictated by the all-powerful President which is why JR said the only thing President can’t do is transforming a man into womanhood and vice versa. The executive President over the past years has systematically eroded the democratic fabric of Sri Lanka by usurping the powers of the judiciary, law enforcement branches and other key bodies, through politicizing the organs of a democratic system, and through his refusal to implement the 17th amendment to the Constitution.

    The elected representatives of the opposition are not allowed to represent their electorate, they are either bribed, influenced or threatened to jettison their political affiliation and join the government. All the elections are held staggered concentrating the huge state machinery and machinations, state media, police support and thuggery on a targeted area. The Araliyagaha Mandiraya is turned into a ‘Dansal’ to bribe the greedy voters. The judiciary has been rendered so impotent that you can’t get a fair judgment eg: SF, Baratha etc., the police is so politicized and influenced that there is no use going to a police station, the media has been so suppressed and curtailed that they don’t say or write a word against the king or the regime, a white van fear psychosis coupled with state impunity and an abduction and gunpoint culture has been created with no one openly criticizing the regime, all the political parties have been estranged and splintered, all the lies in the world are being disseminated by using state media and the notorious Sirasa. So you being caught up in this vast cycle of political maneuver and being unable to find your bearing vis a vis the political societal and actual truth are making a big gung ho blaming everything on Ranil which is what all the stupid political creatures who somersaulted to regime to earn a filthy stinking and infamous existence ultimately said as the excuse-we are frog leaping because Ranil has all the defects you all are alleging!

    Just take the example of how SF was incarcerated or Baratha killing was sent under carpet and real killer and the culprit was given topmost protection, security and assistance by the highest authority in the country including ultimately to flee the country. Do you think these are just coincidences taking place without any rhyme or reason or that they are being planned, masterminded and executed to the precise miniscule detail by the all-powerful president and his ill-bred siblings and cronies?

    One cannot understand the logic behind your attempt to replace the leader in Ranil without understanding the underlying causes of this all. Democracy is not all about one person singularly running a government. Rather it is a system of government by the executive, the legislature and the judiciary with due checks and balances in place and separation of power among the three arms of its makeup. The 4th eye of the democracy is the professionals and media. May be I and you belong to that category although to an unknown measure. The 4th eye in a sense could expand across the whole nation. When the 4th eye is blind the powers that be would only extend us a twig to follow them wherever they wander leaving the whole nation at the mercy of those who wield power borrowed from us.

    What is important is to perceive the importance of instilling in the collective consciousness of the society an understanding of the inalienable rights and integral constituents of democracy that must invariably exist in a democracy. Armed with that knowledge alone can there be a real struggle for freedom and democracy from this despotic and corrupt regime. There is wisdom in old saying that even though the cat is made of clay if it catches rats it is worth it.

    An analysis of Ranil’s political dexterity is not undertaken at this moment. However in conclusion I feel it fitting and fair to say that Ranil is a gentleman, not a thief, an honest man, very matured and experienced and above all have the rarest of ability to remain calm and retain composure in face of defeat and victory alike as more evidently seen when compared to Sajith, Karu & others after recently concluded Sirikotha vote who were doing body politics with iron rods and brickbats rather than through intellect as practiced by Ranil. No one can say he clings to power because he first brought in late Janaka Perera to lead the party followed by Sarath Fonseka. How that plan was destroyed and Fonseka’s victory was robbed everyone knows. When the real vanguard arrives he will transfer power. Until that character is found there is a democratic leader in Ranil. People see him as if clinging to power because the notorious Sirasa and equally notorious Sajith are perpetually making a blaring screech about leadership. And you all being so childish are crying all day long like the baby who cried invoking the moon to his plate for dinner. You are being so irrational, mislead and lost!

  24. Leelananda says:

    People who experienced two years dirty rule of Ranil will never vote for UNP with Ranil as the leader. What is happening now in every election it that. It is nothing to do with sarama and baniyama.

  25. gouthaman says:

    This is a funny article.Vikramabahu – the leader who has a heroic history of left politics,what has become of him today.The hopeless guy the self proclaimed trotslyite is busy advising the capitalist UNP to turn in to a social democratic party.I dont know how the guy will explain this through Trotsky’s ideas.What i have to say is There is no much difference between vasu and bahu.Both fought heroically on behalf of the opressed but today both are just having hopeless dreams on turning the parties of the oppressor in to somthing “progressive”you yourselves are not even worth of calling leftists!

  26. Nimal says:

    I am at 60+ and involved in left politics more than 40 years and still committed to socialist principles. The biggest left party JVP is totally not a left party but a chauvinist party of worst form. If I allowed to vote now I will vote RW’s UNP as it is headed by the least chauvinist leader of major political party. He is the most knowledgeable current politician in the country of the major political parties of the country.

    I think for us and Bahu most important is the person who is ready to reconcile this society democratically.

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