Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Douglas Wickremaratne is no more.

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Garvin Karunaratne   I first met Douglas Wickremaratne  somewhere in 1984/85 when we were searching for a speaker for a debate on the ethnic problem to be held at the University of Cambridge.  I was then working in Cambridge and we Professor  Atula Ginige and a few others  were in charge of the Sinhala side […]

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The Economic Woes of today(2021) go back to 1977, when we followed the neoliberal policies laid down by the IMF

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne   The IMF has successfully taken Sri Lanka to its grave.   In 1976, Sri Lanka did not owe a single dollar to anyone. In 1977 Sri Lanka held SDR 170 million in its foreign exchange budget. That was the last year we held a credit. Since then it is not a […]

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Afghanistan: A Country devastated by armed invasions & Sri Lanka devastated by following the IMF Advice

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne There are two methods of subjugating a country. One is by direct armed intervention. The other is by making a country indebted. Direct intervention is obvious, an  invasion, while making a country indebted is done covertly and a gradual process. The Pauperization of Sri Lanka took four decades. The people were taken […]

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To Remind our leaders what we need today: Youth Employment -Follow The Youth Self Employment Program of Bangladesh.(1982 till today)

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

Garvin Karunaratne The Ministry of Youth Development where I was working as the Commonwealth Fund Advisor in Youth Development was attending to traditional youth work and providing skills training to 40,000 youths annually. The Military Government that took over in 1982 expressed dissatisfaction with the programmes and at an evaluation, presided over by Air Vice […]

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To remind our leaders what we need today: Wind Power to save forex spent on fuel imports.

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne All we need is a few thousand wind turbines sited at Madugoda, at Ramboda, at Ohiya. at Haputale- at places where there is ample wind power, not sited on the coast to run with the evening breeze.  It will create employment for hundreds and all with little foreign exchange to import only […]

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To remind our leaders what we need today: Our former Marketing Department to ensure vegetables at fair prices including a Cannery.

Friday, October 29th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne    It is hoped that our President’s attention is brought to the fact that our country was the only country in the world to  have a system by which the prices of veg and fruit was unofficially controlled. That was the Marketing Department(MD) at work, buying and selling vegetables and fruit, competing with […]

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To remind our leaders what we need today: A Programme better than the Divisional Development Councils Programme of 1970-1977

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

 Garvin Karunaratne, PhD Michigan State University* The DDCP was the major development programme undertaken by the Government of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranayake during her 1970-1977 rule. This was also the first major islandwide development programme ever to be implemented in Sri Lanka. Earlier there was the Rural Development Programme and the Small Industries Development Programme […]

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Remembering Political Giants : Dr SA Wicks and his Assistant Aadusena

Monday, October 18th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara  An extract from an unfinished novel- a piece of fiction, but  truly portraying Dr Wicks and Aadusena at work. Dr Wicks is no longer with us and Aadusena was murdered during the second JVP insurrection days by an unknown assassin. However they stood for the people, worked with them. […]

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SkyRocketing Prices of Veg and Fruit: Is there a Remedy?

Friday, October 15th, 2021

by Garvin Karunaratne Sky rocketing prices of vegetables and fruit has happened to be the order of the day. Once we did have a method to control inflation by ensuring that traders cannot keep a fat margin. That was the system built up by Sri Lankan administrators RH Basset and BLW Fernando Commissioners of the […]

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The Walkway at Parakrama Samudraya

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne Many articles have been published against the construction  of the Walkway on the bund of the Parakrama Samudra.  We should be thankful to the irrigation engineers and to Austin Fernando once the Government Agent at Polonnaruwa for their ideas. I too voiced my ideas but mine appeared only in Lanka Web.  Despite […]

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Wither the Sri Lankan Economy

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

by Garvin Karunaratne Our Central Bank Governor Professor Luckshman is due to leave on 14 th September. Is important to note that when he assumed duties at the end of 2019 he vowed  to follow neoliberal policies, negotiate with the IMF and aim at a stable  and sustainable economy”(28/12/2019). He failed and in January 2021 […]

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Damaging the Prakrama Samudraya Relapanawa

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne  I wonder what the Government Agent at Polonnaruwa was doing while the relapanawa was removed or damaged to make a walkaway. Walk ways have to be appreciated but to damage the irrigation heritage that our forefathers have bequeathed to us is unforgivable.  The G.A’s residence is on the bund and he must […]

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Susil Siriwardena, a Pioneer Development Administrator no more.

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Garvin Karunaratne, Former G.A.Matara 1971-73. I must thank Tisuri Wanniaratchi for her note on Susil.  Susil stood up for what is right for the masses. He contributed heavily for the Janasaviya and Gam Udawa of President Premadasa. It was unfortunate  that President Premadasa  did not live long to enable Janasaviya to flower to become a […]

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Our Power Fiasco

Monday, August 30th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne Minister Gammanpila  is reported to have said that we will have to face a massive export bill to import fuel for the unending cadence of motor vehicles. He is right. It is also reported that our country is pleading with supplier countries to buy on credit not only fuel, but even lentils. I […]

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Memories: The Economy: How we once did it. A Message for the IMF

Saturday, July 31st, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne , Ph.D. Michigan State University

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Have the Superpowers ever helped the Third World Countries?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

by Garvin Karunaratne Today at the UNHRC in Geneva we have seen the UK and other Developed Countries sponsor a vote against our country. In detail,  this resolution involves the UNHRC establishing a programme to document human rights violations and find and preserve evidence against our war heroes for prosecution in International courts for incidents […]

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Half a Million Jobs Lost?-Motor Trade. Is there a way out?

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne  500,000 jobs lost-Local Vehicle Industry(The Island 13/3/21)  sends my mind to many instances in my experience that offer an immediate solution.   Near my home on Old Kesbewa Road  Gangodawila Nugegoda there is  a man making oil filters. He  has been making those since the Sixties  and selling them some where. In […]

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Why is Michelle Bachelet silent on proved grave human rights infringements and instead attacks Sri Lanka without any evidence?

Friday, March 5th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. It is sad that the UNHRC has now forgotten why such a council was ever established.  This is clear when the Commissioner of UNHRC has called upon member States  to  refer  the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court(ICC) and  ‘actively pursue extra territorial or universal jurisdictionand persecute international crimes committed by all […]

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Why the 13 th Amendment is inimical for our development and how it will create a separate State

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne .  I have in several of my Papers detailed as to  Why the 13 th Amendment should be abolished. I have detailed my experiences in my eighteen years’ service in the Administrative Service implementing development programmes islandwide. To state briefly if I were to work in either the agricultural marketing sector, the […]

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Michelle Bachelet, Commissioner of UNHCR discriminates against Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne  It is sad that the UNHRC has now forgotten why such a council was ever established.  This is clear when the Commissioner of UNHRC has called upon member States  to  refer  the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court(ICC) and  ‘actively pursue extra territorial or universal jurisdiction and persecute international crimes committed by all […]

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SkyRocketing Prices: Is there a Remedy?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

by Garvin Karunaratne Sky rocketing prices of vegetables and fruit has happened to be the order of the day. Once we did have a method to control inflation by ensuring that traders cannot keep a fat margin. That was the system built up by Sri Lankan administrators RH Basset and BLW Fernando Commissioners of the […]

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A bouquet for President Gotabhaya’s “Waari Saubhagya”

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne former G.A.Matara President Gotabhaya deserves a bouquet for his new programme Waari Saubhagya which commenced today(6/2), with the restoration of Mahameegasweva in the Palugasweva area of the Anuradhapura District. The restoration of the tanks in NuwaraKalaviya is an urgent need and it is a great feat to restore the tanks, the life […]

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Sri Lanka moves away from the notorious Structural Adjustment of the IMF

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne, PhD Michigan States University   Introduction  The Central Bank Governor’s statement:  The New Economic Model deviates from notorious Structural Adjustment “(Sunday Times: 20/12/2020) marks a watershed in the economic policies of Sri Lanka.  He has added that ” Sri Lanka will move away from an import oriented market economy towards a production-oriented strategy”.  It is also stated that working within […]

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Our policy has to be Import Substitution with the motto “Buy Sri Lankan” to achieve the Vista of Splendour, our President’s aim.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Garvin Karunaratne, PhD in Non-Formal Education & Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University Formerly of the SLAS- Government Agent, Matara in 1971-1973.  A Country that is saddled with a massive unsustainable foreign debt- as much as $ 56 billion, the servicing of which requires some $ 4 billion annually, where the outlay required for imports far outweighs […]

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A Message from the Wind that howls and blows

Saturday, December 12th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne   Two decades ago, Motoring up Altamont Pass in California I gazed at thousands of Wind Turbines. It was the Californian Wind churning power for the USA.I could hardly believe my eyes.Once five centuries ago,It was the  Wind that took Vas Co de Gama across the Cape of Good Hope,But not in […]

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Wind Power to our Rescue

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara  Our Minister for Power is over the moon with the opening of the Mannar 100MW Wind Farm today(8/12/20) by no less a person than our Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.   This Wind Farm as well as the Puttlam Wind Power  Plant which a is already open prove to the […]

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A Humble request to our President and Prime Minister

Friday, November 6th, 2020

by Garvin Karunaratne Former GA Matara May I hope that the incoming Budget includes funding for a major new Programme of Poverty Alleviation, cum creating Production and also obviating imports. Such a development programme implemented all over our Motherland will bring about  definite results in terms of creating employment, production- both agriculture, animal husbandry and […]

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President Trump boosts the image of Prime Minister Mahinda

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara President Trump is reported to be trying all sorts of methods not to concede defeat.  The more he tries his pranks, the more does our Prime Minister’s image gets boosted.   Let us see what Prime Minister Mahinda did: Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election  Wasantha […]

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Basil Rajapaksa to the forefront

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne former G.A.Matara Some are aghast at the news trickling in that Basil Rajapaksa is to be anointed with a Ministerial position.   But when one thinks of things actually done, Basil Rajapaksa stands out.  It was no other than Basil that created a political party from scratch when both Chandrika and Maithripala were holding […]

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A Boquet to President Gotabhaya and his team

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara It was a great sight to see Paper roll out of Valachenai once again. Thanks to our President and his team, including Minister Weerawamsa, officials of he Paper Mill and the Armed Forces that contributed  to Mother Lanka to bring back Valachenai to life. Two years ago I had […]

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