Defining SL as Republic of Sri Lanka is enough: Champika

1 February 2019 12:34 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


It was sufficient to describe Sri Lanka as the Republic of Sri Lanka instead of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said today.

He said this to journalists after an inspection tour at the Matara Weligama Udyanaya.

“Some individuals attempt to create false assumptions that changing the name of Sri Lanka will lead to a crisis in terms of racism, ethnicity and separatism,” the Minister said. “My party too is demanding that the name Sri Lanka should be changed to Republic of Sri Lanka."

He said this would not lead to any problem unless those who wanted to promote racism created such problems and added that the biggest curse in Sri Lanka was nepotism.

“Nepotism was a parasite during the administration from 2005 to 2015. Some appointments were done without considering paper qualifications and administrative experience,” the Minister said. "We will work for the people without limiting ourselves to one or two families but by being open to every citizen of this country." (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 13

  • Ram Friday, 01 February 2019 02:49 AM

    When there is no democracy and socialism in the country removing them is appropriate. For once Champika is talking sense

    confused Friday, 01 February 2019 01:12 PM

    If there is neither, then what is it?

    DJ Friday, 01 February 2019 04:20 AM

    Very true as long as the principles of Democracy and Socialism exist however, with regard to appointments still unqualified personnel are appointed to administer many ailing entities

    Nevin Silva Friday, 01 February 2019 04:33 AM

    The minister is right. We called ourselves "Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" as a revolt against our colonial past. The term is an oxymoron as Democracy and Socialism are at opposing ends of the political spectrum. We have under "democratic socialism" outsourced education, privatised Healthcare, divided the country into ethinicities and promoted a virulent racist agenda up to 2009. Why bother with the Democratic Socialist part ?

    Aluwihare Friday, 01 February 2019 05:15 AM

    At last an argument we can get behind of.

    Leonard Friday, 01 February 2019 05:22 AM

    I wholeheartedly approve this proposal of Champika.

    sudath Friday, 01 February 2019 06:34 AM

    Thanks minister addressing the current major problem in the country. People suffer daily due to the misappropriate name.

    Unchikun Friday, 01 February 2019 08:18 AM

    Ah! What about just Sri Lanka. Please remove the "socialist and republic " from the name. It is black mark when traveling in Europe and also Latin America.

    Charlie brown Friday, 01 February 2019 10:13 AM

    How about The Chinese Republic of Sri Lanka

    Chux Friday, 01 February 2019 12:51 PM

    Monarchy’s still running our country

    NAK Friday, 01 February 2019 05:40 PM

    While it is true that there is no democracy or socialism in the country what we should strive to do is not change the name but bring back those valuable concepts back in to practice.

    Dr. Neil Magedara Friday, 01 February 2019 06:52 PM

    I fully agree with Hon. Champika Ranawaka's proposal. I support his idea for the removal of the meaningless words, Democratic Republic.

    kumaran Friday, 01 February 2019 08:08 PM

    For ONCE, a minister has said something meaningful and definitive. Many of us thought this "socialist, democratic" made no sense even if socialism and democracy, in its very defined sense prevailed.

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