If the politicians are what they are and have their roots where the people are and can feel the pulse of the people, why is it that we all are still in a bottomless pit? What matters is the capacity of the politicians to think and be rational, and we all know how pathetic is that aspect when it comes to their capacity to be rational and take the right decisions for our own future.
Two kinds of ‘politicians’
The ‘genuine politicians’, who understand problems, are very few, if not ‘non-existent’ at the moment. Although they are genuine, they have become clouds which float over people without providing any rains as they cannot have their vapour condensed for the absence of opportunities to rise. Those who have decided to remain have either become accustomed to rules of the game to justify their existence. These individuals have forgotten noble principles.
The second kind are the ‘others’ who are linked more to their personal survival than to the needs of the people they represent. This second group has no shame or shyness and they pose as they are brave on one hand and on the other, they have failed to walk their talk.
Our politicians can talk for hours on such benefits given to the farmers. Why can’t they understand the simple logic that, the farmers can get the same ‘Net Benefit’ if they have proportionately less production costs? Why can’t they understand that the secret in making the Cost of Living affordable to all?
This situation has become more complicated with the ‘cult’ of political families thinking that it is their god given profession. Just imagine how this type evolves further especially in the cases where the father had been a proven trickster and a feared goon. The son who wishes to develop the ‘God Elect’ to impress the people that he should be elected, resorts to become a ‘better’ and a more effective goon than his father.
What the country needs
In general, Sri Lanka needs a socio-economic environment where all the people get enough revenue to exist, practically, and not theoretically. There should be sources and avenues which will give enough economic strength to all the families of our nation. Creating opportunities alone will not suffice. People should be able to engage themselves in national productivity, which will make them eligible to earn their share. If all the people have sufficient income from legitimate means, they shall not serve as a source for racketeers.
Only less than 10% of the youth get the opportunity to enhance their higher academic capacities and build a future which has stability. We do not have a system to analyse the exact numbers of specialized youth we need and in what sectors they are needed. Instead, we have a silly education system where selection is based on adjustments to give more opportunities for underprivileged regions by standardization and discounting knowledge. With the modern technology and advanced IT facilities what is impossible in establishing one system for the whole nation?
It is an economic deficiency. The governments cannot expand facilities in the universities on one hand and on the other the youth who come out of the universities have no place as they do not fit into the economic scene. Whose fault is that?
People need housing to live in. All what we have are policies which solve problems. Have we thought of land needed to build houses in twenty five years time? Coconut and paddy lands have been converted into house building areas. It is really pathetic to see Government Ministers giving deeds to land they have distributed to people. It is humanitarian alright, but for how long?
Farmers are offered guaranteed prices to encourage them and in principle there is nothing wrong in such measures, except the fact that when less than 30% of the people may get such a benefit, what happens to the 70% of the people who have to pay more to get their needs from the agricultural produce? Our politicians can talk for hours on such benefits given to the farmers. Why can’t they understand the simple logic that, the farmers can get the same ‘Net Benefit’ if they have proportionately less production costs? Why can’t they understand that the secret in making the Cost of Living affordable to all? Increased productivity shall create a need for markets and is there any difficulty in selling food if we can have surpluses? Why look far? Maldives will provide a good market for our surpluses.
For everything to happen there should be peace. Consider that a considerable number of people, inseparable from our lives, having to live with their grievances because no one attends to them. If we go deeper into that we can see that it is a matter of trust.
Somewhere we have lost that. When there is no point in going back to the history as it will be the same old justification for and against, what should we do? Can we marginalize a part of our own people?
New political culture
We should free ourselves from the die-hard prejudices because we are one people. What is good for one should be good for all. We should not blindly believe that only certain individuals can save us from our misery. It can be anyone, but definitely not goons.
In future elections, we must reject all the goons representing the parties and elect only those who are not and those who are willing to be refined.