Bribe taking `peon` spills beans

  • 3 Feb 2006 16:02:29 GMT

    This discussion only reminds me of lines form John Lennon`s song ``Imagine there`s no countries........``

  • 3 Feb 2006 19:06:27 GMT

    Dear DrGeorgeBush,

    The fundamental problem in Sri Lanka is the disunity among the political parties to do anything of in the right direction. Therefore there is so much monkey business going on within when there is an election to choose either MPs or a President. The best example is the recently concluded Presidential elections.

    Mahinda Rajapaksha pledged the southerners that when he comes to power he would tear the Oslo based peace process and would not divide the country and accused Ranil Wickremasinghe of the culprit of dividing the country and therefore he should not be elected. Well, southerners were backed up by the nationalists JVP and JHU which did the ultimate brockering to pave the way to MRs victory. On the other hand Ranil was branded as Tiger supporter and in fact had a reasonable solution in the peace process was well overlooked by the southerners and tigers didn`t support for his course thereby he ended up losing it narrowly.

    No it seems all concocted into a big muddle with MR has no absolute idea where to drive the car and the JVP/JHU are scattered here and there in trying to pick up pieces, whereas the burning question of peace is on hold.

    My solution would be a national government that represents all the parties including tiger allies so that we have a balance parliament to look into those problems without slinging mud each other just to obtain power for one own benefit.

    In fact the presidential system should be abolished in SL as it only generates unlimited power to either one complete first class idiot or just an idler who would just sit back till the plate comes on to the plate.

  • 3 Feb 2006 20:25:09 GMT

    DrAkai, DrGeorgeBush,

    I agree with both of you that there has to be a new constitution and a new political framework . However just changing the administrativve structure does not go to the root of the problem in my opinion.

    Sri Lanka is not a advanced capitalist country like Switzerland. We are a poor underdeveloped country facing huge problems in just attending to the basic need of our people.

    The political problem is the ugly child of the economic problem. Corruption is not a result of some flaw in the national charcter but a result of economic backwardness.

    You might say that had there been no political mistakes made in terms of the Tamil national question we could have avoided civil war and headed towards full development, which would be partially true but i would put it differently. Tamil separatism is also the byproduct of economic underdevelopment.

    Tamil separatism is a product of an economic pie that was too small to cater to all the people and all the regions. The JVP phenomenon is simply the Sinhala equivalent of the LTTE phenomenon - stemming from the same roots. However since the Tamils are a minority national group, separatism arose as a `solution` to the narrowing of opportunity.

    Until and unless we can solve the economic problem no amount of administrative tinkering will solve the overall crisis the country faces.

    Some intersting new info on the NSSP site about recent developments related to these questions and a new coaltion called The Alliance for the Protection of National Resources and Human Rights (ANRHR).

    http://www.nssp.info/

  • 3 Feb 2006 20:26:23 GMT

    DrAkai, DrGeorgeBush,

    I agree with both of you that there has to be a new constitution and a new political framework . However just changing the administrativve structure does not go to the root of the problem in my opinion.

    Sri Lanka is not a advanced capitalist country like Switzerland. We are a poor underdeveloped country facing huge problems in just attending to the basic need of our people.

    The political problem is the ugly child of the economic problem. Corruption is not a result of some flaw in the national charcter but a result of economic backwardness.

    You might say that had there been no political mistakes made in terms of the Tamil national question we could have avoided civil war and headed towards full development, which would be partially true but i would put it differently. Tamil separatism is also the byproduct of economic underdevelopment.

    Tamil separatism is a product of an economic pie that was too small to cater to all the people and all the regions. The JVP phenomenon is simply the Sinhala equivalent of the LTTE phenomenon - stemming from the same roots. However since the Tamils are a minority national group, separatism arose as a `solution` to the narrowing of opportunity.

    Until and unless we can solve the economic problem no amount of administrative tinkering will solve the overall crisis the country faces.

    Some intersting new info on the NSSP site about recent developments related to these questions and a new coaltion called The Alliance for the Protection of National Resources and Human Rights (ANRHR).

    http://www.nssp.info/

  • 4 Feb 2006 09:09:47 GMT

    Exactly, all what we want is another political party to add to the existing list of 101.....

  • 4 Feb 2006 11:43:56 GMT

    Dear Vimukthi,

    Very pleased to note the sincere feelings in your post to alleviate living standard of the masses. Most of our problems are our making. We have mixed up our priorities. We should first decide what are our priorities in the current context of world`s economic environment. It will be foolish to think that we can resolve our problems purely from our resources particularly financial.

    We have to decide what is the most important issue for the nation and the people to grow and prosper:

    Economy?

    Religion?

    History.?

    India & China has decided that it is the economic development. China being a long-time communist country has decided in favour of a Communist Political system and a liberalized economic system. Indians on the other hand, being a democracy, have decided that they will liberalize the economy based on a secular political ideology. We have no clear path. Both these countries attracts the highest Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI)in the world. Without FDI even these countries` economies cannot grow at the rate at they are growing today. That indicates the way we should go- FDI funded economic growth. This means the International community plays a major role in our country.

    If we decide that the economic development is the key, then political stability is the pre-requisite for FDI to come into the country. This means resolving the ethnic issue and the other two has to take a back seat. We have to resolve the issue at any cost sans separation.

    A radical solution may be to have a new constitution based on secular ideals and may be even a new National Flag without any bias to any community. We have to have a strong bureaucracy void of political influence. The executive authority that was transferred from the bureaucracy to the politicians by the 1972 and 1997 constitutions have to be returned to an efficient and merit based bureaucracy.

    Do we have the will and the resolve?

    A billion dollar question.

    Kula

  • 4 Feb 2006 17:02:00 GMT

    Vimukthi the lack of economic growth is a byproduct of a lack of proper political action required to instigate state-wide reforms that will allow the country to economically progress. So the problem is traceable further back to imcompetent political leadership. One can go on arguing that this is a product of the system and what not but that doesn`t change much...

  • 4 Feb 2006 23:15:27 GMT

    No point on bragging about the sytem there should be efforts to beat the poor infrastructure and the economic management. Until then walking in darkness is more appropriate