We are a lying nation (Original Title)
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai
Sri Lankans are quite used to lies specially from the politicians. We keep hearing their lies year in year out, and we jolly well know they are liars, but still go on believing them, supporting them and voting for them. Of recent times Sri Lankans have become very much aware of the lies and have come to recognize them for what they are.
The politicians lie every time they want the votes, and then promptly forget them when they come into power. Not keeping the promises is just another form of lying. A person no less than a Buddhist monk lies that he never ever kindled hatred against the Muslims, nor ever spoke against the Muslims nor did any harm to the Muslims nor damaged a single one of their mosques, not only the Muslims even the Buddhists recognized it for what they are. His friend Dilantha added fuel and surprised the nation by lying without blinking an eyelid and sang the same tune.
But Actually the heart of the people broke when the so called Dream President, who rode the wave of popularity to come to power, not by charisma, nor by his political history – hardly anyone knew him – but by his “sincere” speeches to clean up the nation of corruption, hatred and all evil and to punish all those who robbed the nation. People thought, at last, we have a true leader here, very sincere, very passionate about what he was dreaming of –a real selfless, simple and trustworthy leader. Never had the hopes of the citizens raised so much specially after the experience with successive previous leaders.
But what a huge lie it turned out to be! A small cabinet it was to be, but it kept growing and growing, shamelessly adding another one at the drop of a hat without an excuse, without batting an eye.
What he scoffed at regarding his rival, he went on doing exactly the same with impunity. All the corrupt politicians were to be punished, that’s what his election promise was, but all were accommodated into his cabinet; none, none what so ever has been punished up to today, two years into the so called Yahapalanaya. Politicians will be treated as servants of people, he waxed eloquent, but the parliamentarians keep getting new perks, car permits and unwarranted salary rises, the President pretends deaf and dumb.
“Hate speech brought down the previous regime, we will not allow hate speech ever again”, thundered the presidential candidate, and today, the very person whom the whole nation rose up against as the Master of hate speech, keeps talking, instigating even the youngsters to emulate him, but nary a word against him, leave alone punishment, in spite of hundreds of police complaints; rather, the President he himself even takes his advice on his decisions! Surprise, surprise! All will be treated equal, solemnly promised the President of the people, but today we see the step motherly treatment to the displaced Muslims with scant respect for truth.
There is a rule of nature – as long as a Leader does good, the Providence will keep giving them higher power and keep him safe and sound. But when lying, cheating, breaking promises and being power drunk, the fall comes in most unexpected ways, and what a fall it will be! We saw this very clearly in our own history repeatedly, but then everyone when in power, hope that it will not happen to them.
If only President Maithripala Sirisena has kept his promises, what a heaven this blessed island would have been! What dreams, what expectations, what hopes we all had!
But then as Alexander Pope said, “Hope springs eternal in human breast, Man is always to be blessed, but never is!”
Unidentified person travelled in Thajudeen’s car: DSG
Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake today told court today that investigations had revealed that an unidentified person had travelled in the back seat of Wasim Thajudeen’s vehicle on the day he was found dead.
Investigations are continuing to identify the fellow passenger. Colombo Additional Magistrate Jeyaram Trotsky further remanded ex-DIG Anura Senanayake and ex-crimes OIC Sumith Perera till January 19. They were earlier remanded in connection with the killing of Havelocks rugger captain Wasim Thajudeen. (Shehan Chamika Silva)