Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Regime Change by the IMF(international Monetary Fund)

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. Michigan State University. This time it is Greece, a country that is unable to service its Foreign  Debt. Just now the Hellenic Parliament is approving the austerity package approved by the Troica- the IMF with the EU and the ECB together. It is an austerity package that would cause more poverty among the […]

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An Economist’s Rambling Thoughts on the Trans Siberian-May 2015

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Garvin Karunaratne Two days well spent in Moscow Our Guide Olga showed us the way The Kremlin and the imposive buildings The Diamond Fund showing  the regalia of Russia Gone are the misadventures in the economy, Gorbachov, is no more, Gone are his Perestroika and Glasnost Gifted with a  Noble Prize he lives in luxury’ […]

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China has left the world behind in development.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

By Garvin Karunaratne., Ph.D. Michigan State University. I travelled half the world on the Trans Siberian Railway and entered China through Mongolia. I was amazed at the development that was taking  place apace. The land was barren and desert, with a trace of water at the bottom low lands,   like the land we had passed […]

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The Creation of Employment and Production- The Way Ahead for indebted poor countries.

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State, M.Phil.Edinburgh, M.Ed. Manchester The Evening Standard(U.K.) of 27 th March 2015, I am living proof that you can take a business idea formed in prison and make a success of your life” narrated the success of Ms Moffatt, an entrepreneur (once a prisoner at Holloway) as a result of the […]

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The SLFP stood for the Sinhala Masses: It stood up for Socialism and Progress.

Monday, April 27th, 2015

By Garvin Karunaratne In today’s context when some of our own leaders have thought it fit to balkanize the SLFP, it is necessary for the current leaders as well as the Sinhala masses to  be aware that the SLFP was the only Political Party that stood for the masses of the Sinhala people- the downtrodden- […]

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Wither Democracy in Sri Lanka

Monday, April 13th, 2015

By Garvin Karunaratne Today’s Island tells us that the SLFP and UPFA have decided to deny nominations to their parliamentarians to contest the forthcoming parliamentary polls in the event they decline to vote in favour of the 19 th Amendment to the Constitution” It is also important to note that , this decision has been […]

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A Foreign hand in The Presidential Stakes 2015

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

By Garvin Karunaratne There is many an indication that outside forces are at work within our shores with sinister ideas of controlling our country today. In our living memory many are the instances where outside forces did interfere with us. This has taken different forms. Denying us Aid is an indirect interference. The USA is […]

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The Forward March of the LTTE.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

by Garvin Karunaratne  I have just read the news item that three LTTE cadres were caught making an atom bomb in Bangalore. I enclose a copy of that news item in the Rivira. This is supposed to have been a unit under Prabhakaran that was sent way to india on the eve of defeat. ඉන්දියාවේ […]

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Selecting the  President of  Sri lanka

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

 By Garvin Karunaratne . When I was Senior Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Services I was in charge of the administration of the entire department comprising a staff of 4000 with some thirty staff ranks. We had to find the ablest of the Assistant Commissioners to handle key districts like Anuradhapura and Kurunegala where the volume […]

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Comments on The 100 day Work Programme  of the Common Candidate and the UNP controlling our Motherland again.

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne In view of the fact that the Common Candidate has declared that Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe will be  the Prime Minister it is easy  to see how the Sri Lankan economy  will fare.  Regaining Sri Lanka, the flagplan of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe when he ruled as the Prime Minister from 2002 to 2004  and the manner […]

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Three meals of Rice a Day- A Magic Wand of the Common Candidate: Never in a Million Years!

Friday, December 26th, 2014

 By Garvin Karunaratne Hiru News carries a statement from the Common Candidate that he will  create an economy where all could have three means a day”. The Common Candidate seems to have forgotten that it was the UNP under President Jayawardena that scrapped the Rice Ration Scheme, which provided rice to all or with the […]

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Who made  Sri Lanka indebted? Was it President Rajapaksa ?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne It is a fact that Sri Lanka is an indebted country today and party leaders who are with the Common Candidate make a meal of it putting the entire blame of the economy on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As Chanda Maliyadde,  former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation says, At the end of […]

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The United National Party of Ranil Wickremasinghe  can only increase the Cost of Living: The Common Candidate should know this fact.

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne The Common Candidate declaring that he could bring the Cost of Living down requires a last laugh because he does not know that it was the United National Party his main supporter that abolished and closed down the infrastructure that our country had to control the cost of living.  President Jayawardena abolished […]

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Sanctions on Sri lanka by the EU and Britain.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent, Matara District The British Parliament deciding to recommend that the EU should impose sanctions on Sri Lanka tells me  that our leaders have to be prepared. If we are to face the onslaught we have to become self sufficient as far as possible fast and get our economy on a […]

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The Executive Presidency Debate:  Are we not barking up the wrong tree?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent, Matara District The Presidential Election  is today the concern of everyone. Many ideas are mooted by patriotic persons and  most are of the opinion that many changes have to be done. It looks to me that some of the changes suggested like changing the Constitution is something that cannot be […]

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Ideas for the Indian Economic Summit

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Many high powered authorities including celebrated economists are deliberating at this very moment how the economy of India can prosper. It is a crucial task that requires the total attention of  everyone concerned. It is hoped that this exercise can usher in development for India. I humbly submit that to my thinking […]

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Are we a Warfare State?

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

 By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.( Michigan State Univerity)  Economist  Dr Uswatte Aratchi,  has dubbed the current situation in Sri Lanka as a Warfare State.(The Island 19/8/2014)  Already the views held by Dr UswatteAratchi have been contested by Professor G.H.Peiris in The Island of 19/8.  Though I have been abroad since 1973, I lived in Sri Lanka […]

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The Financial Missiles of the IMF that made sovereign countries indebted..

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University)  Argentina is in the dog house once again. This time it is hounded by the Vultures”- the Hedge Funds  who have obtained a ruling from the US  Supreme  Court that the debts amounting to $ 1.5 billion on bonds has to be paid at full value immediately.  That decision […]

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South Africa Helping us is a non runner

Monday, July 7th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne” On the occasion of South African Deputy President Ramphosa’s visit to help us reconcile with our enemies our leaders have to know how the South African Leaders like Mandela  sacrificed their own people for personal gain. Nelson Mandela was a black leader who was incarcerated by the Apartheid White Government of South Africa […]

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A Message to the SLFP Parley at Bentota Today

Monday, June 30th, 2014

by Garvin Karunaratne I beg to request the members of parliament of the ruling party to kindly consider bringing some importance to the burning question that ailes the masses today. Our President has already established the infrastructure for development. It is necessary to take this to the next stage of developmentm by establishing small scale […]

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The Demise of the Valachchenai Paper Factory marks the Ruin of our Great Industries: What has to be done?

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne I was sad to read about the demise of the Valachchenai Paper Factory in the Ceylon  Today of 18 th May. It detailed how the machinery is being sold for scrap. In fact I was rather surprised to read of this demise because  in August 2012 the Sunday Observer  reported that Valachchenai will soon be […]

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An Epidemic yet to be conquered,

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University I was stunned  to read  a news item stating that  youths from schools in. Anuradhapura are very likely to be the cannon fodder for renal disease. “Students in grades 10 to 12 in the North Central Province are prone to contact renal diseases…earlier it was people in the 30s and 40s.”(Daily […]

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A message for the World Youth Conference May 2014

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne Introduction. Bringing about World Peace is the motto of this year’s World  Youth Conference. While Peace is an ideal to be achieved, it is necessary to assess the most burning  problem faced by youths all over the World. Unemployment and low incomes is undoubtedly the burning problem of the day and deserves some thought- […]

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What the UNHRC Resolution Tells Me:We have to be a self reliant economy to withstand our enemies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Former Government Agent, Matara District, When the dust of the storm created by the Superpowers at Geneva settles down it is necessary to take stock of our strengths and weaknesses and to decide what we should do. Let us not forget that we are a sovereign country. We have to go it […]

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The UNCHR has been hijacked by the Superpowers !

Monday, March 24th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne-Formerly of the Administrative Service of Sri lanka  It is sad that the UNHCR, an international institute which should look after Human Rights has today been hijacked by certain Imperialist Countries  and is being used to punish sovereign countries that do not follow their dictates. The UNHCR of today was adopted by the  […]

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Comment on the UNHCR Resolution against Sri lanka: A Plea to the members of the UNHCR to open their eyes and to be fair, to look at All Human Rights Violations happening today, instead of looking at the one country that liberated its population from terrorism.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Garvin Karunaratne PhD(Michigan State University, International Consultant, 10/3/2014 It is time that the members of the UNHCR do consider the fact that the LTTE Rebellion aganist the democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka violated all the human rights of the entire 20 million population of Sri lanka for three decades. The LTTE killed all Tamil […]

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Sri Lanka at the March 2014 UNHRC Session:

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. International Consultant It is reported that a group who call themselves intellectuals are advising the Government of President Rajapaksa how to handle our affairs at Geneva. They are bent on our submitting further to lick the boots of India and the Superpowers. They advise the Government to implement the 13 th […]

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University) Dr. Koshi  Mathai, the outgoing IMF  Country Representative for Sri Lanka has voiced himself that “Import Substitution is not in Sri Lanka’s best interest.” He is of the opinion that we should develop our exports further and continue to import all our requirements. He states that import substitution cannot […]

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The Buddhist Monk at the 96 th Mile Post on the Habarana Trincomalee Road: LTTE massacres & Economic Emancipation- the need of the hour

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Garvin Karunaratne, Former Government Agent, Matara District On my visit to Trincomalee in December 2013 I was privy to a monk settling a family dispute. My mission was to hand over a parcel of dry rations to deserving temples and in that process I marched into a temple at Mollipotana near Mavil Aru, at the […]

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A Rural Renaiussance in the Offing

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne My travel to Kataragama in December 2013 took me to the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa Airport and via the new road that is being built through Lunugamvehera Tank to Kataragama.  . I have worked stationed within Hambantota for over a year working in the Agrarian Services and Marketing Department and have covered Hambantota […]

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