However much we say that our nation is the most literate in Asia, how far can it reflect the ground situation when it comes to the rationale of people? People may be well-read, but have all of them really understood the underlying realities? Leave aside the common people but take the politicians who matter as they make the difference . The politicians with right thinking at the wrong places and those with wrong thinking at the right places will result only in disasters.
Party politics, although considered as the essential base for carrying forward people’s opinion or aspirations, can no more considered as a really effective way out .If parties uphold principles and policies decided on those in application and if the rationale of people is also well balanced, then only the ideally anticipated results can be realized.
The first signs of the emergence of political parties appeared with the labour movement and those too were more oriented by the necessity to win better living conditions for the working people. The existence of the first Workers’ State in the world by then made thinking more politicized to end up in a Pro-Communist and an Anti –Communist bases. The Socialist parties in Sri Lanka emerged that way and naturally, the government was passed on to the Politicians who were staunch anti-communists.
It was inevitable, although the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not realize as a result of the self destructive environment he created around him where educated and balanced opinions did not have any place. Politicians with very ‘goonish’ tendencies dominated everywhere it mattered, in the International as well as in the domestic scene
Pro-Western UNP and the off-shoot – SLFP had basically same ‘Do not Rock the Boat’ policies, and that way the Socialist parties which gave more prominence to the needs to develop the ‘Living Conditions’ did not get a foot hold in the political arena as Sri Lanka did not have the required conditions to have a ‘Revolution’. Statistically, it can be proved that Sri Lankan Society never had ‘nationally effective improvements in living conditions’.
Although we can see advanced technology present in Sri Lanka, all such improvements had never been properly synchronized and therefore they cannot be taken as proof about the development in the Living Conditions of the people. It was because, all those developments took place more in order to attract foreign investors than to turn the scene into a more comfortable environment for all. This can be proved by the absence of a people friendly Public Transport system. Although there is a remarkable advancement in communication technology which has made it possible for any individual to become contactable in any part of the country, how many of the users are really capable of meeting the expenses. Companies which promote those facilities declare enormous profits, but the hidden truth is that they were in a position to provide the same facilities at lower costs.
Such micro –needs are not considered by the political parties and the situation becomes worse as they are busy trying to outsmart each other only. People are tired of seeing this comedy of the ‘Political Jesters and Goons’ because life is not a drama anymore. All the politicians must get down from their high horses and remember that they are only servants of the people.
The last presidential election was really a kind of a climax where political thinking became geared to think together. It was inevitable, although the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not realize as a result of the self destructive environment he created around him where educated and balanced opinions did not have any place. Politicians with very ‘goonish’ tendencies dominated everywhere it mattered, in the International as well as in the domestic scene. That was because, the political leaders staring with the former president himself, became too over confident about what is required by the Nation. The lapses are coming into open and those cannot be pinned only to the former president and his supporters.
Unlawful enrichment is not the terms used, but it is all about that only, all the allegations are being raised. Does it mean that those who were there in the past were saints ? It was the unmistakable result of the open economy that turned opened the doors towards corruption. That was the time, the ‘goons’ came to be an inseparable aspect in politics.
Let us stop blaming those who are responsible for mistakes in the past as what is important is to avoid same or similar mistakes. What guarantee can be there by bringing the former president to become the prime minister that the country would be better?
Dr. Sarath Amunugama mentioned a very valid point recently by highlighting the necessity to make the universities politically free. There was time in this country, when the universities produced balanced people who learned and practiced tolerance.
Therefore, the time is right now to think impartially and support a process where tolerance will be preserved. Such an environment will help in bringing knowledgeable people together to do their best for the country.
The present realities now are really a ‘bliss’ for ‘goonish’ politicians but definitely a ‘curse’ for the common man who has been compelled to suffer only.