A Government rests on various pillars. Some such pillars are quite political. In the case of certain others, they have a social, political or cultural origin. All these pillars rest on the favour of the people and the opinion of the people. The foundation of the people’s favour is the trust of the people. It need not be said that in the first round, a Government receives the trust of the people. People vote in a Government based on this trust.
However, a Government heads towards a crisis when it attempts to manage the said trust. When looking at this simply, a Government receives the trust of the people on the trust that a suitable programme to address and tackle issues that one cannot privately solve and the country and the society in common must solve. According to political acumen, this deep rooted trust is an essential component in the continued existence of a Government.
From what we know, once a Government is appointed, various groups seek to claim a stake in the ownership of its origin. In Sri Lanka, these groups have become popular as cults of non-governments organizations (NGOs). Some are of the opinion that they attempt to control the Government according to their agenda.
Some opine that since the time they came into power, the Yahapalana (good governance) Government too has paid some attention to some such NGOs.
If any Government thinks that by paying attention to cults of NGOs that such would be reflective of the entire country’s favour, such is akin to barking up the wrong tree.
Most Governments in this country come into a clash with the aforementioned agendas of NGOs and the people’s opinion. If a Government is unsuccessful in properly understanding and solving the said conflict this would adversely impact the Government’s existence. It is a popular view that no matter what issues may arise, a Government would journey on towards the end of their term. This populist view does not always become a reality.
A Government’s decline cannot be halted when the people’s favour and trust, essential to the continued existence of the Government, breaks down. In most cases, in such instances, Governments move towards direct and indirect mechanisms of suppression. When a Government does not solve the people’s problems, the people’s trust quickly plummets. The people expect from a Government the role of a healthy, active person and not of a lazy, slow person. The people expect that a Government will act according to some plan, on behalf of the people. Working towards fulfilling these expectations allows for the Government’s existence.
It need not be stated that while a country has its own journey, it also has a journey to go on with the rest of the world. The duty of the Government is to provide broad guidance to this journey. In the world, every country has a role to play in this regard. If the country does not manage this role properly, the country retreats within the world. A country retreating means that it is the people of the said country that in turn retreat. The reason for Sri Lanka’s social, political and economic crisis is that she does not have a journey unique to her. Because of the lack of such a direction, path and route, we fall behind in the world.
From what we can see, no matter what crises are there, other countries in the South Asian region are going on a particular defined journey. They are strong. India, as the leader of the South Asian region is going on an extremely carefully planned journey. Therefore, India is attempting to bring other countries in the region to align with their agenda. India took such a direction because of the straight decisions her leaders and officials took. In the next couple of decades, it is certain that India will move towards achieving most of her social and economic goals. By 2018, it is probable that India’s population will exceed that of China’s. India makes plans taking into account these realities and paying attention to them. In taking such a journey it is inevitable that India will expand her goods and services market.
We cannot be an obstacle to India’s journey. What we should do is to save face and face the Indian giant. Does the Government have a strategic plan and programme to provide such a direction to the country? What we can see is that if the incumbent Government within the duration of their term does not move towards such a strategic plan, such will affect the country very badly.