Home / Opinion and Issues/ Ranil’s private visit in question?

Ranil’s private visit in question?

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Wednesday, 28 June 2017 00:00

Our Prime Minister’s much-maligned visit to USA in the onslaught of the floods that ravaged our country needs to be put in the correct perspective.

Ruwan Fernando seems to be blissfully unaware; or, perhaps prefers to remain unaware of the fact that the Prime Minister was indeed in Vietnam when tragedy struck. He returned immediately and summoned all his (“open-mouthed officials”) to give them the necessary guidelines on dealing with the situation. The Prime Minister did face the necessity of keeping a private medical appointment which had been made and could not be postponed; and, which he paid for from his own private funds.

Based on what happened in the previous regime, our country has garnered an evil reputation for itself. It is surely understandable that Ranil has found it necessary to open the eyes of the world to the grim reality of Sri Lanka’s economy by visiting friendly countries and projecting a correct image on the main issues in order to receive the assistance our country so desperately needs. This was amply demonstrated by the quantum of assistance that came almost immediately in the form of humanitarian aid for our flood affected areas.

In Ruwan Fernando’s words, we are a small irrelevant country with an insignificant economy. Those words, even from the most cynical, borders on treachery! Do we not have some little self-respect and should we not aspire to be internationally recognised and to interact abroad to take advantage of globalisation?

Fernando while choosing to remain oblivious to the facts; seems to enjoy going for the jugular to write his own story on what he perceives to be the truth. His piece of fiction portrays real life jealousy and a cunning reinvention of the truth!

Sometimes, those who go for the jugular have an ‘at your throat or at your feet’ syndrome, which can lead to foot and mouth disease, an affliction similar to the bovine ‘hoof and mouth.’ Necessary precautions are sincerely recommended.

Citizen Silva

Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

The country needs more Ironmen (and women)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Commendation to Yasas, Julian and the team for a world class event that will have far-reaching positives for Brand Sri Lanka.

Failure at Local Elections: Inability of the Govt. to care for needs of the people

Monday, 26 February 2018

The purpose of this article is to discuss the causes of the massive failure of the Government at the local government elections held on 10 February 2018 and their impact on the economy.

Lessons from LG ElectionsPart 1 Number-twisting game may be self-pleasing but not in accord with eco

Monday, 26 February 2018

The local government elections that concluded on 10 February 2018 have shaken the ruling United National Party(UNP)to its foundation.

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted

Columnists More