Ranil Wickramasinghe’s ‘Pie in the Sky’ Economics
Posted on July 26th, 2017

R Chandrasoma

According to the wide-eyed prognostication of Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, we in Sri Lanka are in a most fortunate position to secure that economic take-off that politicians of all stripes had dreamed of in Post-Independence Sri Lanka. His starting premise is that the ‘Centre of Gravity’ of global commerce and economic activity will shift to Asia in the decades ahead and that Sri Lanka – geo-politically wedged between the two Asian Giants, China and India, will have all the benefits of competitive patronage in the ongoing economic tussle between the Asian Giants. More specifically, both India and China will make economic and political overtures that go beyond those merely motivated by commercial gain – the chief of which will be the willingness to use our territory as a base for ventures that would turn our poor country into a ‘Megalopolis’  of the kind seen in such places as Singapore and Dubai. That Sri Lanka is a biodiversity hot-spot and the locus of an ancient and distinctive civilization – in contrast to such human sink-holes as Singapore and Dubai – does not seem to perturb Mr RW who, presumably, sees jobs, factories and tall buildings as the key indicators of civilization. A Naturalist might rightly ask – is pristine Sri Lanka with its forests, mountains and glades, its rich wild-life and the ancient civilization to be sacrificed to assuage the commercial greed that finds allure and attraction in the enslavement of the many to satisfy the yearnings of a dominant capitalist class? In RW’s thinking, the chef existential problem for a human being is the securement of a well-paid job – and the unavailability of well-paid jobs for young people in Sri Lanka is the daunting political challenge that we (supposedly) face in this day and age.

Is all this true? In the days of ancient glory, did we buy and sell to keep body and soul harmoniously together? Must foreigners and foreign capital – and, above all, foreign models of facing the existential threats that we encounter at this troubled moment in our history, be our sole route to felicity? Global trade has made winners and losers – a few have flourished and are held up as wonderful illustrations of the success of this economic model. – The dismal truth is that this destructive model– of forced dependence on hot-house traders and manufacturers  that necessarily  battened in the misery of the majority – is a freakish perversion  of the good life as classically understood.  Like Africa, South Asia will be a region of conflict and misery if Western-style Capitalism  – and its philosophy of pampering a consumerist greed that fattens the purses of the rich  – be the ruling paradigm. This seeming ‘grand felicity’ of the ruling elite makes the world lose worth as a green habitat for life while the enslaved masses toil to secure the wherewithal to survive in a world bereft of greenery and natural beauty. When the engine of growth is powered by an insatiable consumerist greed, nature withers and the new life in all its artificiality becomes the doleful norm .There are other ways of living nobly and it is the task of philosophers to show us the way. There is an important caveat – one must be wary of both Politicians and Priests – deceit is part of their professional ethos.

3 Responses to “Ranil Wickramasinghe’s ‘Pie in the Sky’ Economics”

  1. Nihal Perera Says:

    Ranil Wickremasingha is a die-hard colonial slave who worships the West and its failed economic policies. This man has no brain but thinks his vision of voodoo economics is what Sri Lanka needs. He is a loser politician who accomplished nothing in his 40-year old political career. He became PM by using his cunning mind to manipulate, equally stupid Sira and Chandrika.

    His pie-in -the sky economic fantasies will ruin Sri Lanka permanently, by allowing foreign forces to control the Sri Lankan resources and its economy.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Bay Gal Karaya Mega Thief Batalande Wadakay pol pot r@nil
    wickrmaSinhalakiller is no fool. He with his religion of convenience has done/doing irreparable damage to Sri
    Lanka, Sinhalese race and Buddhism to please his ardent supporters tamils, mussies, catholics and the catholic
    west. He is a cunning traitor, just like that old fox uncle alugosuwa (to Sinhalese only) thambi mudiyanselage jr@
    who made sure to put foundations to break up Sri Lanka by introducing 13, 13A before the traitor disappeared.
    Sinhalese, being famous for modayas are being taken for a ride again by these traitor low lives. They have very
    short memories, and the Batalande Wadakaya knows it. So one bagal, Sinhala modayas vote with their feet.

    He and his party masterminded BHEESHANA SAMAYA to kill as many Sinhalese Buddhists with his catholic buddy
    police top brass. Did anybody noticed/realised? No. Did he get punished? No
    Then the catholic run UNPatriotics dragged on catholic tigers of tamil drealam hitler malapaharan war for 30 years
    and killed another 100,000+, mainly Sinhalese. Did anybody noticed the background it? No.
    He and his catholic buddy arjun mahahorandran’s great central bank robbery and got away with it. Was he
    punished? Isn’t going to be. Puppet maru sira will drag it on and on. Then the files will disappear. Batalande
    Wadakaya knows how to get away with murder. Who is this cancer in Mother Lanka isn’t clever? He is very clever
    in Mega Lying, Mega Robbery, Mega Destruction of Buddhism, Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese race.

    Abolished state pension.
    Sent millennium city intelligent officers to catholic tigers of tamil drealam bullet
    stop teaching history in schools to please tamils, mussies, catholics and the catholic west
    planned break up of Sri Lanka with new constitution
    destruction of Buddhism (monks imprisoned, even elephants are in custody to destroy Sinhalese culture)
    Buddhism’s place in new constitution going etc. etc.
    Monster’s list of treacheries goes on and on.
    He really is a cancer in Mother Lanka.

    Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution destroyed the myth of creator god business. The whole world accepts how the
    two legged creatures came to be being. If the so called god couldn’t create these clever two legged creatures in the
    first place, he has no credibility. Yes/no? If these two legged creatures can put a man on the moon, make
    unimaginably complex things etc then saying be strong god is with you or god is great doesn’t make much sense.
    For a start nobody has seen him. Only heard of. Then he couldn’t do the most important thing. The creaton of the two legged creatures. The clever dicks can figure out something simple like that surely themselves. Still these traitors doing so much damage to the only true religion, Buddhism, in the world. These traitors won’t be two legged creatures in their next lives!

  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Batalande Wadakaya and his catholic run-UNPatriotic party’s anti Sinhalese, anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lankan
    activities. You won’t see these in so called Buddhist (on paper) Sri Lanka.

    (dragged the war for 30 years. Why stop when the catholic tigers mainly killing Sinhalese. Sri Maha Bodhi,
    Aranthalawa Bikku massacre, Sri Dalada Maligawa attack. Still no action. Why? What for was their response?
    Even Batalande wadakaya gave half the country on a plate to his catholic buddy hitler malapaharan on a plate
    with his CFA in 2005. Sinhala modayas didn’t have a clue. Clever traitor monster!)







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