Harsha talking, photo by LIRNEasia
Harsha De Silva is my friend. Not in the sense that he’s a guy I know around Colombo, but in the sense that he’ll always share his Coke with me and he’s bailed me out of more trouble than you can imagine. He’s also a damn good friend to a lot of people. I know a (Tamil) programmer who got arrested under Emergency Law and was locked up for months. From day one Harsha was on his falling-apart rubber band phone finding out where the guy was and helping the frantic family out. Which is the kinda guy he is. More than his professional and economic qualifications, that’s why I’m really proud that he’s a National List MP.
He’s also there because he’s loyal to the UNP and Ranil, which I’m not so agreed with, but it is what it is. We need more intelligent and decent people in Parliament, so it’s good that he’s there. I should note that he’s a family friend and my father has a more detailed professional-level shout-out on his blog. I know him more on a personal level. I remember live-blogging this conference and he came up grinning cause he thought it was cool. I found out later that he’s a serious person, but he never acts like that.
He’s curious and interested in stuff, and he cares about people. He’s also a Ph.D in Econ and brought Nielsen polling to Sri Lanka, but the character stuff is what I remember. And his wife makes a pretty good crab curry. So, uh, I think he’s a good choice for National List. NL, if you’re unfamiliar, is a list of people appointed to Parliament, like an Upper House. Ostensibly so professionals and non-politico types can contribute, though it has also been a refuge for rogues. But Harsha’s not a rogue, he’s a decent man of some talents. Which is something the country needs. So congrats.