- CEB Engineers selling generated power
- We have a “created” power crisis now
- People’s curse on several failed projects
- Doctors continue private practice leaving patients to suffer
I wonder if this country has any kind of blessings anymore from the Universe or Gods or wherever blessing are supposed to shower from. But gradually the whole country has gone to the level of everyone cursing one another.
Constitution and the rulers
Our Constitution itself begins with “Devovassatu Kalena, Sassasampattihetuca, phitobhavathulokoca, raja bhawathudhammiko’. The prime importance of the ruler being just in order to bring in the rains is thus embedded in the Constitution. For a country to prosper and have the blessings of the universe, the ruler has to run the country according to DasaRaajadharmaya’. If you look around, the countries which are ranked right on top in any human or social index, have had Just Leaders. Have our leaders ruled with such a conscience? If you watch television now, you see leaders at every level going to pay homage to the Jayasri Maha Bodhiya, sometimes placing their forehead on the trunk of that sacred tree and worshipping. Same when they visit the Temple of the Tooth. There seems to be no other pious persons than the present politicians. Their wrists are swollen with sacred threads from the temple and the kovil.
But in return how are they conducting themselves? Many of them have other businesses which I feel is a conflict of interest. Example, being in possession of liquor licence. Some are drug peddlers. Many politicians have amassed so much wealth that they cannot even publicly declare. There are continual allegations of corruption. Their followers are drug peddlers and hooligans too. They are being cursed at all levels.
So as a country, we constantly have a public that curses whoever is in power. Because those who are in power bring no blessings to this country. With the high usage of social media, this farce is further exposed. So the new generations know that all the politicians actually are on one side, although they pretend to be in different parties. All of them with the exception of a handful, has one honourable goal, to live off public funds and rob the public for their future generations.
We are yet to find anyone fully accountable for the bond scam. The case goes on. ‘leaders’ from the ruling side, and officials from the Central Bank still roam scot free. There is no hope that the real thieves will be caught and brought to book. That remains the mother of all public robberies. And every time this topic comes up in any conversation; people curse the entire system.
Currently, we have a “created’’ power crisis. It appears to be apparently very clear that just like the last time we had a power crisis like this, the Power generators , the responsible politicians, officials and “the learned Engineers of CEB” are ‘’together’’ minting money out of selling generated power. Otherwise how can one say within the next few days no power cuts will be imposed without even “a drop of rain”. It is simply shameful. People curse during the entire day as their Production and work are disrupted. For years, we are aware of the rainfall in this country and what the capacity is to generate electricity. If that is insufficient with the growing needs of the country, we should have had “systems in place” for supplementary Energy. Where is Solar power generation ??? What a farce to organize a program few days back to invoke blessings at Ruwanweli Seya to bring in rain. Do the organizers really think that “they” are worthy of such blessings?
Ever since Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his crown, his parasitic followers seem to have lost their heads. We have witnessed many of them going to temples and kovils to dash coconuts to invoke the wrath of the ‘demons’. These are huge events which promote cursing and even when the prices of coconuts are sky rocketing, they continue to curse without any rhyme or reason. What they fail to understand is that if their ‘king’ was just, he would not have been thrown out of power. And even during the short time when he usurped the position of Prime Minister, he did not demonstrate that he has learned any lesson.
In addition, there are protests and demonstrations every day. And these are planned to inconvenience the public. The law says that they have a right to protest, but it cannot inconvenience the others. Everyone curses everyone who goes on demonstrations and on strikes. Doctors, nurses, teachers, undergraduates, ex-servicemen, politicians, apart from the three services and the police, every other sector seems to be demonstrating. Particularly doctors and nurses go on strike and call it ‘successful’ while the patients suffer, but still continue their ‘private practice’ after 4.00 pm, it is natural that the common people who cannot afford to pay for their services, curse them.
It is no secret that almost everyone in the public sector is working out ways to make money. Officials are taking bribes. Drivers are siphoning petrol out of the vehicles. Building plans are passed for bribes. Moving files from one desk to another also requires bribes. And those who can’t afford to pay a bribe, curse those who take it .
The local media would like to show anything sensational. Drug peddlers, the scum of the earth are on the front page of national newspapers. They make headlines for the wrong reasons. Even the live streaming of the Christchurch carnage was shown on some of the local media. Even when New Zealand media refused to show any distressing visuals of the incident. Hats off to Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who stood with the affected population. She refused to reveal the name of the perpetrator. Alas! When can we see such leadership in our country?
Let’s not forget those who are there to fight for justice; the attorney’s. They are thriving on the lacuna of the law. Very recently a high profile person ran over a police officer and did not surrender immediately to the police station. A lawyer argued that there is no law to assume that he was drunk. When the law is bent to suit the needs of the affluent, the public invariably curses the police, the judiciary and the whole legal system.
Our police department has to bear the brunt of every wrong deed in this country. The three wheeler drivers, the bus drivers and motor cyclists lack discipline. Hence people curse them. The bus service is owned by businessmen and thus it is controlled by them. Recently I travelled to Kandy by train it came to light that the regular three wheeler drivers do not allow metered taxis to come into the railway station premises? Whose premises is it and who controls it? The one who wants to make a reasonable living by using a meter and charging a just fair, is prevented from doing so.
Lawmakers are Law breakers!
The so called ‘law makers’ in our parliament are the number one ‘law breakers’. Even inside the parliament, they have damaged the properties of the public, but no action has been taken. They use filth in parliament but no reprimands. All 225 seem to be in the same boat. I have witnessed the public cursing that lightning should strike the parliament when it is in session.
On failed projects such as Uma Oya, white elephants such as the Ruhunu Port and Mattala Airport people have the habit of cursing. Al this due to bad decision making. On top of this, the people have become more racist and curse any other race or religion for the slightest thing. Previously, the only thing that united this country was cricket. But now cricket seems to be controlled by bookies and the rate of defeat is so unbearable, that the young and old alike curse the team. The discipline in the cricketers and the Cricket Board has dropped so low that even drunk driving incidents can be overcome with a simple fine. The country surely lack role models and leaders for the young generations to look up to.
This fundamentally is a cursed country now. We have to have a socially and morally clean set of people to rule the country in order to honour the stanza, with which I started this article with. But damn! Where can we find such a lot?
There are continuous allegations of corruption against politicians