Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Wind Power to our rescue

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne These days when we have to live with hours of power cuts, and when we are really short of dollars- scraping the barrel, my theory that wind power offers the solution to our power requirements comes to the forefront. I enclose a write up by eesrilanka wordpress.com/2019/04/13/playing with history: __________________________________________________________ C2. Buying Power […]

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Sri Lanka’s Demise: What has to be done immediately.

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne, former Government Agent, Matara Sri lanka my beloved motherland has descended to chaos. The causes are many, mainly by the country closely following the IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programme since it was imposed at the end of 1977 when President Jayawardena requested financial help and the ineptitude of our leaders. I have since […]

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Financing fuel for the production of Electricity

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne It is sad that even today when we have to live with power cuts, we yet do not realize the wind power that Mother Nature has provided for us. We have been toying with the sea breeze in Hambantota and Mannar, merely a plan by our Coal and Oil Lobby to prove that […]

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Hark to past Successes in Development to solve the anarchy in development today

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University, Former G.A. Matara The experience of the Divisional Development Councils Programme(DDCP) of Sri Lanka(1970-1977) is currently of great importance in today’s situation of unemployment and also the inability to import goods due to the lack of foreign exchange.   This is because the DDCP is a programme that really creates […]

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Creating Employment and Incomes- the need of the hour

Monday, April 18th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne I enclose a write up of my Youth Self Employment Programme in Bangladesh, written by me in 2016, which details  how the Programme came into being. It is hoped that this writing detailing  how Bangladesh succeeded in employment creation may offer ideas to our leaders to get out of the problems that […]

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Getting out of the economic anarchy

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Bt Garvin Karunaratne It is good news that we have reached an input of $ 1 billion aid from India and that China is considering and very likely to give a 2.5 b. loan, but this can bring us out of the economic mess we are in if only we act in a prudent manner. […]

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Getting out of the economic anarchy

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Bt Garvin Karunaratne It is good news that we have reached an input of $ 1 billion aid from India and that China is considering and very likely to give a 2.5 b. loan, but this can bring us out of the economic mess we are in if only we act in a prudent manner. […]

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The forked tounged IMF

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne  The IMF warns Sri Lanka of its unsustainable foreign debt. It is sad that the IMF forgets that it is the IMF itself that paved the path for the creation of this unsustainable debt. That happened in 1977 when the IMF imposed its Structural Adjustment Programme(SAP)on Sri Lanka. Till then Sri Lanka […]

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The USA and Sri Lanka

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne  Current visits by US administrators to Sri Lanka deserves special attention. The USA controls the IMF which has imposed neoliberal economics on all Third World countries since the Seventies. Sri Lanka today is the worst casualty, caught unawares. The MCC Programme is another carrot dangled at us. In this context my earlier […]

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The Way Out of the economic abyss besetting Sri Lanka

Friday, March 11th, 2022

by Dr Garvin Karunaratne A depleted treasury- living on loans like a beggar on the streets, endless food queues-, is unfortunately Sri Lanka today. Today it is reported that the dollar has fetched over Rs 260  and unless one can imagine the cost of imports. A New Programme to make everything we import is mandatory […]

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The University at Peradeniya-

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne, Professor Susirith Mendis’s A Short Essay” and Sena Thoradeniya’s Where are Soul and Spirit of Peradeniya” (The Island.lk:18/2) took me back to my days at Peradeniya in the Fifties. Truly Professor Ediriweera Sarathchandra walked tall at Peradeniya. I happened to be in his first batch of Sinhala Hons students. His greater contribution was […]

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Needed: A new paradigm for world development

Friday, March 4th, 2022

by Dr. Garvin Karunaratne (Michigan State University)   In the words of Rene Dumont, a former French Minister, ‘We are first and foremost exploiters of the poor, because of an economic system based on dominance that has been cunningly devised by and for the rich nations’. (Stranglehold in Africa). This statement encapsulates the currently followed […]

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Building up our economy to bring employment and incomes to our youth

Monday, February 28th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Since the days of President Jayawardena we have got used to look for foreign goods and  following the IMF model of allowing imports without any control, spending our foreign exchange for luxury purposes even when we did not have sufficient funds, we have become an indebted country. The IMF advice was […]

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Creating Employment and Production. A Case Study for Emulation.

Saturday, February 19th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne  I enclose a write up of my Youth Self Employment Programme in Bangladesh, written by me in 2016, which details  how the Programme came into being. It is hoped that this writing detailing  how Bangladesh succeeded in employment creation may offer ideas to our leaders to get out of the problems that […]

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Shortage of Motor Spares

Friday, February 18th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A.Matara  A Report from Reuters on 17/2: Shortage of Suzuki Car Mirrors reflect Sri Lanka’s growing economic crisis harks a re write of one of my early Papers: Old memories of development: A Youth I will never forget By Garvin KarunaratnePosted on October 15th, 2019 Seeing what is happening in Elpitiya my mind […]

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Buying Power from Multinationals

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne Garvin Karunaratne recalls his experience of 18 years working in stations like Hambantota as well as in the hilly Districts of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. He chides the authorities for erecting wind turbines on the coast. He believes that the authorities seem to be working to prove that wind turbines are not suitable for […]

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Where will the IMF take us this time: It already took us to our grave.

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D.Michigan State University The former PrimeMinister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe sings praise of the IMF: US dollar will hit Rs 300 in near future By Methmalie Dissanayake UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (16), warned the US dollar would reach Rs 300 before the end of the year. In a statement, he said the economy […]

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How the IMF stalled Sri Lanka’s Development.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne It is on record that the IMF did stall development all over the Third World from the Seventies. The colonies of the Superpowers were developing fast since they achieved independence. Seeking the help of the United Nations’ organizations- the Food and Agricultural Organization(FAO) for agriculture and livestock development, the UNIDO for industries, […]

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The Challenge to get Sri Lanka on the right track to face  the economic problems of today.

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University The Editorial of The Island tells it all: The challenge before us is to retrace our steps, figure out where we took wrong turns, and forge ahead in the right direction as many other nations have already done. Easier said than done, but there seems to be no other […]

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Use of Filth in Parliament.

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne I refer to Jamila Husain’s article Rising number of Government (SLPP) MPs resort to using filth in parliamentin your esteemed columns. I was beside Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake at a meeting, possibly at Tolangamuwa Central. The Prime Minister was presiding and I think it was a meeting organized by the rural development society.  […]

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Is Three years enough to make a country?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda have stated that two years were lost, but the promise of a glorious country will be achieved in the three years that remain. Can we re assert the economy of our country within three years? Having served in the Administrative Service of Sri Lanka where one […]

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

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne Today it is reported that we do not have enough dollars tro buy coal and oil to produce electricty. 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 […]

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How to manage our foreign exchange in this time of Crisis

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne Veteran administrator,  Sudat Gunasekera former Secretary to the Hon Prime Minister , has said in his Paper  What the Government should do to get rid of the present financial crisis ailing the country? in Lanka Web, 2/1/2022 what measures Sri Lanka has to take to get out of the financial  mess we are in. I  […]

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Learning from the Past: The Divisional Development Councils Programme Offers hope for our Economic Woes

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne   The experience of the Divisional Development Councils Programme(DDCP) of Sri Lanka(1970-1977) is currently of great importance in today’s situation of unemployment and also the inability to import goods due to the lack of foreign exchange.   This is because the DDCP is a programme that really creates employment. Further it is important to […]

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Sri Lankan Economy has floundered. Is there a way ahead?

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

By Garvin Karunaratne  The economy of Sri Lanka has come to a situation where the Government has allowed it to freewheel, without any controls. Going on this path It is  purely a matter of time-  for the economy to totally crash. The Aim in writing this Paper is to find a solution to the present mayhem where […]

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Why we need a Marketing Department right now

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

by Garvin Karunaratne Perhaps a Paper written and published a  decade ago may show why we need a Marketing Department .today Proven Sri Lankan solution – Part IV: Marketing Dept determined prices for producers (Ceylon Daily News: 12 th April 2010) Garvin Karunaratne During the red onion season there was a hive of activity and […]

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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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