Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Old memories of development: A Youth I will never forget

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne Seeing what is happening in Elpitiya my mind travels back decades to a youth that struck me most in my eighteen years’ service in the Administrative Service of my beloved country. It was a youth from Elpitiya. In 1970 I was the Deputy Director in the Small Industries Department in charge of […]

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Have the Superpowers ever helped the Third World Countries?

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne Many authorities in Sri Lanka  are waiting with open arms to grab the MCC Grant of $ 480 million. They do not care that some 28% of the country will be sold off to the USA for two hundred years.. Two hundred years is well over the period that Sri Lanka was […]

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Youth Employment: A Prime Necessity

Friday, October 11th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. In view of the fact that over twenty percent of young people in the World, have failed to find a due place in the economic ladder and have become drop offs of the education and development system, definite action to equip them to become contributors to society has to get priority. […]

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Can we win our Economy?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne It is perhaps the right time to address our economic situation. We are currently deep in debt with some $ 60 billion to repay which we never can. Poverty is on the increase because 51% of the country’s income is earned by the richest 20% of the people. In 1976 we did […]

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The death and demise of Robert Mugabe

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne It was these two facts that caused the failure of Zimbabwe. My Paper reproduced here tells the details. The death of Robert Mugabe has brought a spate of writing which appears to portray him as a lost cause, due to his failings. However as my earlier writing of 2008 portray that the […]

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A warning from our Central Bank to a future Government.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne The Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Nandalal Weerasinghe has warned any new Government: Follow the beaten track or else there will be chaos. (Sri Lanka Risks losing debt market access if future government policy changes” , (AdaDerana:9/8/2019) I would tend to think that there could have been some substance in […]

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The Sitawaka Hydro Power Project

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne In the Eighties, we sacrificed the verdant Kotmale Valley for a mere 200 MW of Power. The Kotmale Dam does not provide any water for irrigation. That 200MW of power at that time when there were wind turbines that produced an easy 3 MW, could have been produced by 70 wind turbines […]

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Ideas to make Britain great again.

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Garvin Karunaratne.M.Ed, Manchester, M.Phil.Edinburgh, Ph.D. Michigan State University. Introduction In my own life as an automobile owner – all my earlier cars were made in Great Britain- a Hillman Minx,  a Humber Hawk, a Vauxhall Cresta, a Morris Oxford. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in the Sixties, That Humber Hawk was a dependable, comfortable […]

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Betraying our Visionary leader DS Senanayake.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent The vast colonization schemes of the Dry Zone, the peasantry, in thousands  that enjoyed the land,  earning bountiful crops were all due to the great achievement of our Leader, DS Senanayake, all achieved during his days as the Minister for Agriculture and Lands. It was his dream to uplift the […]

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The Major Constraints for Sri Lanka’s Future: The Proportional Representative System of Election, the Provincial Councils and the 19 th Amendment.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne I write in support of the suggestions made by the former Minister Milinda Moragoda. We have to be thankful to Mr Moragoda for his patriotism. Patriotism is what we need today to save our Motherland. It is sad to say that Sri Lanka is today disintegrating fast. Our economy is in tatters […]

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Lessons for ailing Great Britain from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

by Garvin Karunaratne Message for Sri Lankan readers Sri Lanka with other Third World countries has achieved a status of high indebtedness due to following the neoliberal policies embedded in the Structural Adjustment Programme of the IMF. . In that process its assets and riches are being sucked dry by multinationals, International banks  and Developed […]

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Meetotamulla Garbage

Monday, April 15th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne Two years have passed and the meetotamulla garbage mountains are yet intact.  Many attempts have been made at clearing but none have so far worked. Two years ago I suggested that it be used as compost on coconut estates. To me that seems the easiest solution and done in rupees and we […]

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How our water becomes Power, is sold in Rupees, but profits go out in $: Our Debt increases

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

by Garvin Karunaratne Sri Lanka is a country which is rich in resources. Sadly we, our leaders, do not realize that we can develop these resources and save our foreign exchange. Even our water in our streams is being converted to foreign exchange and is being sent abroad as profits by multinationals. In the Papers […]

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The Power Game: How we get bluffed

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne

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SriLanka’s  International Debt.

Friday, March 15th, 2019

By Garvin Karunarathe Economist Uswatta Aratchi  criticises the role played by the Chinese in his Paper:Capital Cheap in Chong Guo and expensive in Sri Lanka”(The Island 20/2/19) If not for the support Sri Lanka received from China with the provision of weapons, all on loans, we could never have defeated the LTTE. It is true […]

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Our Current Crisis

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

by Garvin Karunaratne,  Right or wrong, our President Sirisena has taken a step, as described by me earlier, “If a Prime Minister appointed by the President, is not acting in the interests of the country and its people by opening up the country for foreigners and foreign countries to rule, selling family silver, neglecting the […]

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Western Superpowers should hang their heads in shame

Monday, November 12th, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne  former G.A. Matara Instead of reflecting back on their ignominious past, the Ambassadors of the UK, the USA among others have thought it fit to at first declare that the decision of the President of Sri lanka to remove the Prime Minister and replace him with another as unconstitutional. Later once our […]

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Gagging the Motherland by Privatization   Can we ever win?

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne The Chinese Company- the China Merchants Port Holdings to whom the Hambantota Port and its 1235 acres of land was leased, insisting on as much as Rupees 23 million as Ground Rent for the miniscule bit of land where the five Wind Turbines are sited is a fore runner of what is […]

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A Bouquet to our National Hospital

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Garvin Karunaratne On 23 rd August 2018,  a relation of mine who was unconscious was discharged from a leading Private Hospital in Colombo., because the son and daughter  could no more pay hospital bills They had paid three million rupees to the Hospital  for 17 days stay and had no more funds. Until then they […]

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Scotland Yard Training?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne Scotland Yard is no more what it was a few decades ago, when there was hardly any criminal activity in Britain. The situation is getting worse by the day. Last week a criminal gang closed down a major road in Wimbledon Village, the home of millionaires, chased away everyone in sight at […]

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The Garbage Problem.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Garvin Karunaratne I doubt whether we have learned a lesson from the Meetotamulla Garbage Disdaster where 32  people died. The garbage collection at Muturajawela is yet intact. Recently it is reported that the garbage collected in Blumendhal, Colombo is ablaze. I am aware that action is being taken to dispatch the garbage to Puttlam. But […]

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Instead of developing the Kandyan Areas we are destroying existing development.

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

by Garvin Karunaratne The Kotmale Valley was a thriving  area full of production when I worked in Nuwara Eliya in the Sixties. This valley, its luxurious vegetation and  a vibrant community that lived in plenty was sacrificed to get  200 MW of power.    The Kotmale dam does not provide any water for irrigation. Fifty Wind […]

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The Plight of the Dispossed Kandyans &  The  Way Ahead

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne These days very often it is in the news that Estate Workers in the Hill Country  are being bestowed with the ownership of land- seven or nine perches  equipped with a house- mostly donated by India.  This happens to be the Estate population that was brought in as indentured labour from South […]

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The Scots use Wind Power: We ignore it.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. Michigan State University Is it not sad when we can get Wind Power at five cents we are paying over 25 cents.  On my drive to Scotland this morning,  14 th August 2018, the scene that struck my eyes was how the Scots have harnessed Wind Power to produce Energy. As I […]

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A Reply to Professor Ricardo Hausmann, the Expert from Harvard for Sri Lanka,

Monday, June 18th, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University. Professor  Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard, Sri Lanka’s Economic Advisor, has come up with a remedy to boost economic development. Sri Lanka can fast-track growth, diversify exports and create new jobs by reforming immigration laws to permit know-how and skills to enter the country:…To get there, Sri Lanka will […]

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Let’s get back to the days when the colonists at Polonnaruwa sold straw and made money.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

by Garvin Karunaratne  I can remember the days when, on all my visits to Polonnaruwa, Hingurakgoda and Valachenai I was trailing behind lorry loads of straw. . Then the roads were narrow and a straw  loaded lorry  with bales jutting out could not be overtaken. That was in the Sixties. I was a frequent visitor […]

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A Message for the Commonwealth Heads Conference 2018

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. The prime need of the Commonwealth countries, the home to a third of the World’s population, today is economic development in terms of alleviating poverty, creating employment, in short, to bring about development. According to the ILO, almost 43% of the global youth labour force is still either unemployed or working […]

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Why have our Universities Failed?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne I am a product of both Universities- Colombo and Peradeniya, entering Colombo in 1950 and ending at Peradeniya in 1954. In the initial period, called the Golden Age, our University did shine and it held personages like Dr Malalasekera and Dr Ediriweera Sarathchandra, who I think were in a super class, inspiring […]

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New Initiatives in the Economic Field: A Progressive Move

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne The formation of a National Economic Council(NEC) to attend to national planning, the establishment of the Grama Shakti Programme to combat  poverty alleviation and the rebuilding of Irrigation Tanks on a massive scale, is a development to be heralded. It is essentially a move in the right direction. It was way back, […]

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Why have our Universities Failed?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

By Garvin Karunaratne I am a product of both Universities- Colombo and Peradeniya, entering Colombo in 1950 and ending at Peradeniya in 1954. It is true that in the initial period, called the Golden Age, Peradeniya did shine and it held personages like Dr Malalasekera and Dr Ediriweera Sarathchandra, who I think were in a […]

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