Sri Lanka: Burning Questions!

More election talk in Sri Lanka at Maninda or Ranil is the burning question.


  • Mahinda and his balance economy

    A balance economy, day dreaming MAHINDA. This is basic stuff any first year economy student will tell you. But apparently this is beyond our dear MAHINDA and his dream balance economy, this is unlikely to help much because as any first year economy student will tell you (again) the price of a product will rise in a situation where the purchasing power has gone up and the supply remained the same. Then where does balance come in?

    I have no illusions about this move. It is just another election gimmick. And that is the key issue: MAHINDA cares more about getting elected as president and by being seen as doing good then about solving the problems.

    The government, any government that is, cant be trusted and that is why the government should be as small as possible. But it seems the government is not getting smaller these days. Over to you Ranil all yours on Nov 17 don’t settle for less settle for best as this is our beloved country and please lead it to a glories future.



  • Unite to Stop Division in Sri Lanka the answer is EQUALITY

    What are we talking about when we say that equality is a basic requirement for effective democracy? Do we mean equality of income? No – most of us are willing to grant a higher income to those who contribute more valuable services to society. Equality of wealth? Perhaps, but how can we prevent inequality of income from leading to inequality of wealth? Equality before the law? Yes, definitely; but to be effective this depends on equality in other forms of social power, such as money to hire a lawyer. Equality of opportunity? Yes, certainly; but in the essence of democratic society. Obviously all people aren’t created equal in musical ability. Or mechanical ability. Or physical strength. Or even intellectual ability (whatever that means). Nor is there any agreed-upon way to add up the various inherited abilities of an individual to get their total “ability.”

    The greatest inequalities between individuals are not in their inherited characteristics, which are relatively unchangeable, but in the characteristics they acquire from their social environment as they grow up and take their place in society – personality, education, experience, wealth, contacts, etc. These things give people most of the social power they have.

    The equality required by democracy is equality of social power. This doesn’t mean there should – or could – be equality between all individuals in income or social position or any other particular form of social power. It means merely that there must be equality in the total complex of social power. Weakness in one form of power must be counterbalanced by strength in other forms. Nature offers us a model for such democratic balancing of power.

    Only a few people want to control or exploit others. Most people just want to live their lives in peace and security as respected members of their community. Consequently, to keep power-hungry people from unduly interfering in the lives of everyone else, defensive forms of social power are especially important in achieving an equally balanced distribution.

    Mr. Wickremesinghe also reiterated his pledge to provide employment and to bring about massive economic development it could be accomplished through Political democracy, social democracy” and economic democracy are only meaningful in emphasizing single aspects of the total structure of social power. In reality these aspects are interdependent. Democracy is indivisible; it is a condition of the whole society. Power is fluid and transmutable. If there is concentrated, irresponsible power in some aspect of society, it will soon, like an insidious cancer, permeate the whole society.

  • Mahinda had the ability to counter the allegations against him by accepting the challenge from Ranil.

    82.5 million Tsunami aid mishandling. Connections with underworld – i.e. chandi malli, wambotta etc. done nothing significant with 35 years in politics, 11 years as a powerful Minster & 1.5 years as PM. Lack of clear Vision on how he develops the country. Anti peace & belief in closed economic policies.

    These are clear allegations with facts and if not answered will cost Mahinda dearly. The direction of floating votes will be dependent on these issues. Ability to come up with a good team. Mahinda should show the country that his team consists of some capable personalities of the caliber of Mr. Kadiragamar. Teaming up with Wimal Weerawansa or Vasudeva Nanayakkara will not full fill this criterion.

    Thus it will be not a cake walk for Mahinda as it seems. It will mostly depend on his propaganda machine & that of the UNPs.
    Looking at the above factors the outcome of the 2005 presidential elections is clearly heading on a Ranil victory.

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