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Prince Parakramabhu, Kuruwita Rala and Mr Bean



- Ranjan was recruited by UNP. He came to Ratnapura with UNP. If he has to play Kuruwita Rala, he has to detach from UNP, join the opposition and fight against Ranil, isn’t it? Foot in the mouth (firmly) again sir?
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by Kumara Kaluarachchi

(July 20, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Ranil Wicramasinghe has done it again. Yes, when it comes to political meetings, our “nayakathuma” can’t resist showing off his knowledge of history to us.

Remember what happened to King Parakramabahu during the last presidential elections? Ranil’s King Parakramabahu was a liberal democrat who reclaimed all paddy growing wet land for the cultivation of Cinnamon, the cash crop of that time. Apparently that king has encouraged foreign trade and promoted export development zones. Unfortunately we Sri Lankans have not learned to appreciate the wisdom of Ranil. For us, Parakramabahu means a great king who determined to use every raindrop for the paddy cultivation. Our Parakaramabahu was not interested in Cinnamon or Foreign trade for that matter. Ranil’s Parakamabahu was sent to the dustbin of the History and Mahinda who has not demonstrated any skills in History was elected as the president.

The history is repeating itself. This time it is at Sabaragamuwa. Ranil is comparing Ranjan Ramanayake One Shot to One Kuruwita Rala. Apparently Kuruwita Rala was a Catholic by birth (just like UNP CM candidates Ranjan and Janaka) from Negambo and a member of Portuguese army. He was sent to Ratnapura along with a Portuguese detachment and rebelled against his own masters and took the side of Sinhalese who were fighting against the Portuguese. Ranil was telling that Ranjan, who is a Catholic up to the day of Nominations, was from Negambo area and will be fighting for the rights of Sabaragamuwa people. Remember very same Ranil who has “invited” Portuguese to Sri Lanka in 2005 to officially celebrate the 500th anniversary of the “arrival” of his great ancestors to Sri Lanka is telling us fighting against Portuguese is good!

Everything is hunky-dory until one thinks of who are this Portuguese. Now, Kuruwita Rala came to Ratnapura with Portuguese, isn’t it? He was recruited and trained by Portuguese. When he came to Ratnapura he was aware of the sufferings of Ratnapura Sinhalese and switched sides.

Ranjan was recruited by UNP. He came to Ratnapura with UNP. If he has to play Kuruwita Rala, he has to detach from UNP, join the opposition and fight against Ranil, isn’t it? Foot in the mouth (firmly) again sir?

When I think of all these comparisons of politicians to famous people by Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, only one man comes in to my mind. That is none other than Mr BEAN!

(The writer is a Editor of the Lanka Journal web site)
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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