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Oh! What a Nation!

Oh! What a Nation!

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-July 1, 2013In the West we are known as a short, fat, black and ugly nation. Nowwe have lost our dignity, pride, self-respect, spines, ethics and morals. What are weleft with? Nothing! What a nation we have become! A ‘nothing nation’!Indeed our country is beautiful. The world admires its natural splendour, magnanimityand hospitality of at least some of its people. We have a glorious history to talk aboutand be proud of. But then, what has happened to us. Are there any signs left in us to claim that we are the decedents of the people of thecaliber of Wariyapola Sumangala, Maddumabanda Ehalepola, Puran Appu, andKeppitipola and so on? Hardly! Some recent examples I may bring in to highlight thedespicable and undignified state that we have descended to.Sarath KumaraThe school teacher who was threatened, abused and forced to kneel down did nothave any reason to lie. The entire school, the teachers and the students saw it. Thewhole country knows that it is true that this rogue did what the teacher claimed that hedid. I myself caned one student at D.S Senanayaka Vidyalaya a long time ago. Hisfather happened to be an MP from Gampaha district. The father came to the schoolthe following day. As a very young and inexperienced teacher I was afraid that I wouldbe in trouble. To my relief I later learnt that he only came to report his son’s absenceon that day, nothing to do with the caning. Sadly that era is long gone. Today’s teacher has to learn from the politician’s son or daughter instead of teaching them.Our law is as such that it needs eyewitness accounts to prove that thisbeast has done it. The police arepowerless, ignorant and corrupt. In adeveloped country the circumstantialevidence that the police gather and/or other evidence that the police can gethold of through espionage, scientificand technological means are more thansufficient to nail a perpetrator in a courtof justice. In Sri Lanka, the wholesystem and the people are so stupidthat the court cases are still won or loston flimsy evidence or legal argumentssuch as “Goyam Kolayata wehila wedi
 
Thibba”, shot from behind a paddy stack. Only in a country full of idiots a lawyer canwin a case on the ground that the leaf of a rice plant is too thin for a man to hidebehind it. Only a moron of a prosecuting lawyer fails to prove that, that the witnessmeant a paddy stack not a leaf of a rice plant both of which are called ‘Goyam Kolaya’in the vernacular.Making things even worse, we have created a monstrous political system in which thewitnesses can be easily intimidated. The Director and the other high-ranking officials of the education department who seek favours from the politicians either for survival or for little perks can threaten other teachers with unwarranted transfers or possiblehindrances to promotion to shut them up. The local hooligans can be bought tointimidate the students. Who will then come forward to give evidence? None butSarath Kumara with a few garlands around his neck, surrounded by thousands of people. He will reiterate that he was never there, he had never seen this teacher before but the teacher knelt down before a hologram of this politician on her free will.The funny reality is that a Sri Lanka court will accept that explanation in the absence of eye witnesses. The matter would be brought to the parliament by the ruling party asthe final decision of the court of law, absolves the monster and thus the case be sweptunder the carpet.The irony is that, the very same people who came to receive Sarath Kumara when hewas given bail, the very same people who shouted slogans for his good health andpolitical resurrection, if given a presidential decree to finish him off, will eat him alive,only metaphorically. Look at him! He personifies thuggery, ignorance and evil. Thegrandfather lie that he spewed out to the effect that he had not even seen this teacher before would be sufficient for the law abiding, ethical, dignified and just people to eathim alive.The nationThe nation has descended into such an indecent depth that people come forward todefend even such rogues perfectly knowing what the truth is. Hundreds of peoplemarched along to welcome Duminda Silva. Some women at TV interviews said that itis only a miracle performed by God that they could get their semi-god back alive. Ithad been the same in the cases of suspected murderer politicians such as SampathChandrapushpa Vidanapathirana, Mervin Silva and a few others. How come peoplecondone murder under whatever circumstances? How come the politicians such as Arundika Fernando, Indrani Dassanayaka went to the court to support such a criminallike Sarath Kumara in public, only because they know the nation has become anothing nation without a spine, only because condoning evil is welcome by the regime.The ability of the nation to call spade a spade is long gone. Of course, Fernando ismaking a habit of manifesting his tomfoolery. He is the one who recently said thatEkneligoda is living in France while it is perfectly clear that he is in a solitary grave, sixfeet under, like the rest who were buried in the Matale mass grave and other gravesaround the island without receiving natural or man-made justice. Tissa Ballale wasquoted as supporting Sarath Kumra. Tissa is far too old to make a sensible judgmentand he deserves to be retired.

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