As a young man living abroad, I chose to return to Sri Lanka. People ask me if I came back to ‘serve’ Sri Lanka or whatever, but it’s nothing so noble. I came back because I saw a better future in Sri Lanka than anywhere else in the world. Ranil was building that future from 2001-2003, and I came back because of him. This country has been at war my entire life, and he ended it. This country was been mired in backwards economic policies while India and China charged ahead, but Ranil set Sri Lanka on a pace to shine. My parents gave me every opportunity abroad, but I chose Sri Lanka because of Ranil. He was leading the country to a great and prosperous future, and I want him back. I honestly feel like the future I want to build here depends on it, and I believe that this election will make or break my generation.
My parents had to deal with terrorism, police states, ration cards and worse. My whole life all I ever heard from Sri Lanka was bomb blasts. I don’t want that. I just want to make a living and see more people get on the Internet and that’s all. For years Sri Lankan politicians have let people go to bed with hate for dinner and national dress to keep them warm. That’s all Mahinda and the JVP offer me. Ranil, on the other hand, began delivering a kick-ass Sri Lanka in 2001. I want him to continue. That’s why I support Ranil.