Champika Ranawaka

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The Honorable Ir
Patali Champika Ranawaka
පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක

MP
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Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development
Assumed office
4 September 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Ministry established
Ministry of Power and Energy
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi
Succeeded by Ranjith Siyambalapitiya
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
Assumed office
2010
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for National List
In office
2007–2010
Personal details
Born (1965-08-04) 4 August 1965 (age 51)
Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party Jathika Hela Urumaya
Alma mater University of Moratuwa
Taxila Central College, Horana
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessman[1]

Ranawaka Arachchige Patali Champika Ranawaka (Sinhala: පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක; born 4 August 1965) is an Electrical Engineer and a Sri Lankan politician. He is the Cabinet Minister of Megapolis and Western Development in charge of building the Western Region Megapolis plan of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and is a Member of Parliament from the Colombo District of Right-wing Nationalist political party, Jathika Hela Urumaya. In the past he has held the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources, Power and Energy and Technology, Research and Atomic Energy.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Champika Ranawaka born in Bulathsinghala in the Kalutara district and entered Taxila Central College, Horana after being qualified from the Scholarship Examination. Been an all-rounder at different extra curricular activities, Champika got qualified from G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination ranking first from the Kalutara district to the Engineering faculty of the University of Moratuwa. He graduated in 1988 eight years later with a bachelor's degree in engineering.[4]

Political career[edit]

Ranawaka was active in politics while in university in the late 1980s as a member of the pro-JVP student union having spend over eight years as an undergrad in the university engaged in politics. He was arrested as part of the crackdown student activists during the JVP Insurrection in 1988 and again in 1991.[4]

He formed the Non-political organization called, 'Janatha Mithuro' with some of his colleagues like Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Nishantha Warnasinghe and Malinda Seneviratne. 'Janatha Mithuro' was criticized for its right-wing anti-Tamil ideology and actions.[5] In the 1993 presidential elections they backed the People's Alliance headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga.

He thereafter joined the Sihala Urumaya a Sinhala nationalist party. In 1998 he took part in forming the National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT). Sihala Urumaya evolved into the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) fielding Buddhist priests for the 2004 parliamentary elections and supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2005 presidential poll.[4]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Thereafter it become a partner in the Rajapaksa government in 2007. With it one of its Buddhist priest MP, Rev.Dr. Omalpe Thero resigned and his place was taken by Ranawaka as a national list MP (appointed by the party and not elected) who was thereafter appointed Cabinet Minister of Environment and Natural Resources by Rajapaksa.[4]

Ranawaka contested the 2010 General Election under the UPFA from Colombo District and was placed third place by obtaining 120,333 votes securing membership in the Sri Lanka Parliament and appointed to Minister of Power and Energy.[4]

Allegations of racism[edit]

In 2008 Ranawaka called the Muslim community in Sri Lanka 'outsiders' sparking widespread protests.[6]

Criticism of international interventions[edit]

Ranawaka has also been critical of international intervention in Sri Lanka stating that anyone who takes action against Sri Lanka will be supporting terrorism.[7] In April 2011 Ranawaka called the United Nation's report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka 'diplomatic terrorism'.[8] Ranwaka has also opposed airstrikes against Libya.[9]

Books[edit]

  • 1991– End of Modern Development Paradigm (club of Rome) limit to growth elaboration in sustainable development.
  • 1993– Relational Relativity.
  • Sihala Abhiyogaya (The Challenge of the Sinhalese)
  • Koti Viniwideema (An insight of the LTTE ) Book Pre-view Book Download
  • Nagenahira Sinhala Urumaya (Sinhala Heritage in the East) Book Pre-view Book Download
  • Thrastha Virodi Jathika Salasma (The way to defeat the Tiger) Pre-view Book Download
  • Al Jihad- Al Queida (The past, present & the future of Islamic fundamentalism) Pre-view
  • Sangwardanaye Thunveni Yamaya (The Sunset of Development) Pre-view Book Download
  • Patisothagamiwa Tis Wasak (A self written Autobiography) Pre-view Book Download

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