Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is mostly infamous for his communication skills and also the joke that his jokes are often misunderstood and used against him now have turned down. At the inaugural session of the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum last week, he was a man transformed—from the word go. The Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe flashes a politician’s watch with elan. He lives up to the adage as what politicians say they seldom mean, including delivering a speech within a stipulated time.
The Sri Lankan PM actually let himself on for a continous 19 minutes as per a normal politician would speak but his was an literally an incredible one of the short speech he had delivered and his remarks was met with peals of laughter from an audience comprising Indians and expatriates.
It was almost a weird situation when Wickremesinghe immediately flashed his left wrist to show off his non-existent watch and said that, “They told me I have three minutes. So stick to the three minutes. So I have put on my politician’s watch. At three minutes, there will be a big signal.”
But who could stop the ones who do true comparisons and they done it in a unique way. Some even compared the performance with the Indian Prime Minister-Narendra Modi who on last Independence Day spoke for about a total of 90 minutes but the record of delivering the longest speech in history rests with an Indian, former finance minister V. K. Krishna Menon- the only Indian Politician who at the UN took more than seven hours just to clear his views and explain India’s position on Kashmir and the speech is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest speech delivered at the United Nations (UN). Later comes former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who spoke for four hours and 29 minutes and later he broke his own record.
Wickremesinghe was in New Delhi last week for the India Economic Summit.