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Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday said change was vital for Sri Lanka as the country had reached such low levels with leaders promoting criminals and drug dealers into power.

Kumaratunga made these comments at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Oration organised by St. Bridget’s Convent under the theme ‘Educating Women for Leadership.’ Kumaratunga said she was devastated about the present situation of the country but she does not have a recipe to take the country out of the situation it is in.    

Speaking about the present political situation of the country Kumaratunga said it had reached such low levels that she didn’t want to talk anything about it. “The barrier of ethnicity and everything else had been taken over by the concept of animalism,” she said.

Referring to the qualities which make a good leader Kumaratunga said true leaders possess the gift to inspire other persons to subdue and control the animal within and to lift out the good and humane in them.  

“I believe that good leaders are the ones who make better humans of others, giving them a vision of a better world, inspiring them to greater achievements. Such a leader has the ability to give a nation the strength to reach unconquered heights. On the other hand bad leaders have destroyed not only individuals but also entire nations” she said.

Speaking further Kumaratunga added that a true leader was fully aware that the power bestowed on him was held by him in trust on behalf of those who gave him power and does not abuse that power for his personal benefits.

“He should possess the humility to heed the voice of others, even his opponents and generosity to engage with them in free discourse and the courage to say “I was wrong” and self-confidence to arrive at compromises. We need to do some hard work to bring forth the good in us and to subdue the horrid,” she said.  

Kumaratunga also said that women can become corrupt when in power but that morality and ethics is what would make that person honest or dishonest. “The gender is irrelevant when democracy is concerned. But it is the morality and ethics that matters. Today the value system has completely broken out and unfortunately the only thing that seems to matter is money and more money,” Kumaratunga said. (Jayashika Padmasiri)

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aja Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:06
Look who is talking. Who set it up u or me.
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Nodrog Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:25
After being such a wretched president who ran the country down and sold off part of it to her pals she has suddenly become very wise and patriotic.
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Demaza Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:06
Punctuality is #1 for a leader, which you drastically failed. So what else to talk.
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R.perera Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:28
21 million of Sri Lankans fail in punctuality, not only CBK. So take note of it. Any Sri Lankan if said, Ada 7 ta kivvoth, heta 7 ta thamai enne. But humanity is much more important than punctuality, and that we are losing day by day. CHOGM is said to have been cancelled in Sri Lanka and going to be held in Kuala Lumpur. Malayasiyanu kumantranayak.
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Leela Thursday, 17 January 2013 08:45
Have a nice dream
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Kirala Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:06
Pot calling the kettle black...............
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malkanthi Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:07
Good speech, though she has the potential, got carried away by closely associating with corrupt women during her tenure. She does not boast about her performance 'cos she did nothing. Nevertheless giving another chance might bring some results.
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Jehan Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:00
Give her another chance?
Are you crazy???
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Junior Citizen Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:11
Madam, where is Baddagane Sunil and them who murdered several media men
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Thomas Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:11
You have spoken the truth.
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rajarathnam Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:17
Everyone knows that you are the worst ever leader ruled our country
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Countryman Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:29
I also thought so sometime back.
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wijebahu Wednesday, 16 January 2013 04:44
me too, we have the wors now.
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Piyal Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:22
Your are failed leader in our country and backtracked our fortune in so many years. Even useless to talk about you.
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PRASANNAJIT Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:23
This is all because of you.
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MNA Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:52
I can not agree, this is all because of JR.
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Raja Raju Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:23
Our doctor worked in your Government too.
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willows Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:34
atleast she can understand and talk???
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mihiranga Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:38
Balaya thiyanakota Mole neha..mole thiyanakota balayanaha....!!!!!!
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sivajee Wednesday, 16 January 2013 07:57
good one
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dutugemunu1 Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:45
You are responsible for what is happening to day.During your tenure judiciary started to give unlawful verdicts.
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wijebahu Wednesday, 16 January 2013 04:50
And she could have changed the constitution to not fall into the current state, Ranil was ready at that time to support such move.
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Rosha Harsha Wednesday, 16 January 2013 04:43
No point of finger pointing some one now and now its too late. You did the wrong and we are suffering. So better to mind the business
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zackydeen Wednesday, 16 January 2013 04:45
Don't pull the DUST BIN.
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Minister Wednesday, 16 January 2013 07:48
Must have easily forgotten about Baddagane..................... We have not.
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modaya Wednesday, 16 January 2013 07:57
Good afternoon madam, I think you have come after the party?
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Cobbler Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:10
You have started all this.
But sometime back you said that you have made two mistakes in your life without describing them.
We can imagine what those serious mistakes are.
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Miaman Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:11
Country was at a much lower level when you were the president. Please be kind enough to keep away from Sri Lanka
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Saumya Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:20
Mihiranga you are very correct
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Up Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:25
What you have done in the past whatever right or wrong , what you have said is right and correct. It has big value as a comment from Sri Lanka Ex- President.
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Surain Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:32
your speach is very right but you did not practise neither who succeded your position now practise right. you all are responsible for bring our country in to such poor level
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Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:40
Well said mam. The same is said (sermonized) by the incumbent on almost daily basis.
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Grama Sevaka Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:41
Thank you madam CBK, the horse has already bolted. You could have closed the barn when you were in power. No sane person, who becomes the president will get rid of the executive presidency. DB Wijetunge was the only guess.
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Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:45
”devastated about the present situation of the country but she does not have a recipe to take the country out of the situation it is in.”
Madam, this is your own words .I don’t agree with you. Now, according to the new constitution, any person can be President for more than 2 times. So you must seriously think of contesting again. Please Madam. You’ll are the owners of SLFP. Not any body else.
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Spencer48 Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:52
Well one thing is sure you were not the worst president of this country . . . . some one has over taken you . . . . you must be relieved . . . . .In history you will be known as the 3 worst person who ruled this country . . . The No 1 position undoubtedly will be JRJ . . . .
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rajarajaChozhan Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:24
Well said . . .
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modaya Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:58
I forgot another fact, she is memorizing the era between 1994 to 2005
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Banana republic Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:02
LOL.. now she speaks like an angel ..
In fact, she is the one who created this mess… Feel very sorry for the poor srilankans.
In this island there aren´t honest politicians, even the blinds notice that....
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Jehan Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:07
SL is on the path to becoming another Syria!
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srinath.gunaratne Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:08
Why don't you say it is the curse of the 17 UNP curse, This is what you harped then for all your woes. You had the capability to continue the great things started by R Premadasa, You are the one who started again to give political appointments, Present rulers continue what you started,
PS, I thought Mervin is your friend too? :)
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Ranjitdea Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:56
You are the one who said "may bahu bitha Viyawastawa"
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Ravi Thursday, 17 January 2013 07:34
Madam, your responsible for this mess because you are the one who brought him to this place.
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godofwar Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:01
YOU ARE THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED IT, NOW SAY THIS N THAT.
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mohamed asfar Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:25
see those comments and shut once and for all.
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Don Diego Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:55
"...leaders promoting criminals and drug dealers into power" ? They are criminals and drug dealers!!!
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Nimal silva Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:22
This is like the .Pot calling the Kettle Black.We are experiencing
a seudo Democracy in the worldwide.
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