Champika Ranawaka

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Patali Champika Ranawaka
පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක

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Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development
Assumed office
4 September 2015
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byMinistry established
Ministry of Power and Energy
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byPavithra Devi Wanniarachchi
Succeeded byRanjith 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 53)
Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyJathika Hela Urumaya
Alma materUniversity of Moratuwa
Taxila Central College, Horana
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman[1]

Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka (Sinhala: පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක; born 4 August 1965) is an electrical engineer and a Sri Lankan politician,[1]. He is the Cabinet Minister of Megapolis and Western Development in charge of building the Western Region Megapolis plan 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 where he spent eight years as an undergraduate.[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] In the 2015 presidential poll he supported Maithripala Sirisena and later join the United National Party led alliance. [6]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Thereafter it becomes 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] In 2015 General Election Ranawaka contested under UNP from Colombo District. He was appointed the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development.

Allegations of racism[edit]

In 2008 Ranawaka called the Muslim community in Sri Lanka 'outsiders' sparking widespread protests.[7]

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.[8] In April 2011 Ranawaka called the United Nation's report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka 'diplomatic terrorism'.[9] Ranwaka has also opposed airstrikes against Libya.[10]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, M.P.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  3. ^ "Work on Megapolis from 2016". Archived from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Champika bravely walks political tight rope
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka: State-owned newspaper publishes death threat against SEP". World Socialist Website.
  6. ^ https://politicslk.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/mou-of-good-governance-alliance-signed/
  7. ^ "Muslims protest 'racist' remarks". BBC.
  8. ^ "Champika: Action Against SL Will Be Supportive Of Terrorists". The Sunday Leader.
  9. ^ "UN unleashes diplomatic terrorism". Daily News. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Air strikes against Libya wrong". Daily News. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012.

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