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Profoundest dishonesty

The end of racism and fascistic violence has been predicted so many times by historians and socialist writers. Though the situation contained by Yahapalanaya it was not resolved. However, neither is there an inevitable tide down of situation of nationalism that is engulfing the world, nor is nationalism universally in decline. Despite shared dynamics and integration, Lanka remains too diverse to be caught up in a single torrent of nationalism. This may be because of the tolerance given by Buddhism, and true Buddhists influence in this country.

This attitude clearly shows a defiant disregard for danger or consequences to the people of this country. Sinhala chauvinists, their main aim is to grab power by hook or by crook, displays malicious behaviour. They are without any attempt at concealment by the leaders and their supporters. Openly and blatantly they are violating every law and every form of human decency.

Political corruption is an essential characteristic of organised crime. The two go hand in hand, organised crime tries to buy political influence and to provide space for or eliminate blockages to their illegal practices. This relates to bribery of police, judges, politicians and whatnots and infiltration of these offices of government by organised crime, commonly referred to as State Capture. State Capture is defined as the efforts of a small number of firms or such groups as the military, ethnic groups and plutocratic politicians, to shape the rules of the game to their advantage through the illicit, non-transparent provision of private gains to public officials.

Political and justice systems

Attempts to remove and actually removing honest professionals to appoint dishonourable and incompetent people at the highest echelons of our political and justice systems have severely undermined the rule of law in Sri Lanka. The World Justice Project defines “rule of law” as ‘the process by which the laws, in a democracy, are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient’. This means that the level of a country’s democracy is determined by its adherence to the basic principles in which all people – regardless of their economic, political or ethnic status – are subject to equal legal rules. This principle is critically important for the success of any country. It provides a clear national system that is to be applied fairly to every group and person. Without this, the system will increasingly lose credibility and public trust. Criminality and instability will increase, putting everyone at risk. Our justice system is the cornerstone for ensuring the rule of law functions effectively and healthily. Over the past few years, the conduct of various top prominent officials in our country has severely and gravely undermined this constitutional principle and the very foundation of our democracy. Following careful consideration of the hard evidence placed before various courts, a number of judges and luminaries in the judiciary have independently questioned the integrity and conduct and behaviour of some of our most senior so-called “responsible” officials.

Our people actually rely on the individuals who occupy these eminent and distinguished positions, to exercise their considerable powers in tackling organised crime and corruption. However, quite the contrary, it has emerged through various court cases and legal processes they seemed to use their powers to protect various individuals facing serious criminal allegations. Our investigation and analysis seem to point to a hidden network of profoundly dishonest individuals within the government and the justice system, who have either been appointed by top-level politicians, or are acting with the primary purpose of protecting certain powerful people from criminal sanction, rather than in the public interest.

Corruption and organised crime

Today we see and are experiencing corruption and organised crime, drugs, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering, by all accounts, have increased substantially since the incumbent president came to power. Malfunctioning law enforcement provides a suitable breeding ground for organised crime. Where criminals of brands and types are firmly rooted; police and the justice system become weakened by bribery and intimidation. We should perceive the prevalence of organised crime and political corruption as an important indicator of the presence or absence of the rule - Where no rule of law exists, poverty eradication is purposeless, superfluous and meaningless.

“Without a functioning justice system, both the government and civil society are defenceless against rampant crime and corruption and development is likely to stagnate - strengthening the rule of law, however, makes no sense if the political will is lacking. Great spiritual leaders and philosophers have said that wisdom takes us above the basic instincts. It doesn’t let us be reduced to mere puppets in the hands’ powerful manipulators for our instant gratification. Wisdom gives our mind the power to differentiate between justified and unjustified and act accordingly.” Truth is the change and power of change in the universe. Any other truth should come out of this reality of the universe. Latter is filled by mostly plasma, the fourth state of matter. If you don't understand let me help as a scientist. When matter becomes so hot as in the Sun and other stars, it becomes an ionized entity, which is plasma.

The relative truth arises in this context, time and place established in that manner. The relative truth that happens at a particular place and time is naturally important, positively or negatively to in situ humans. Of course, humans will try to change by taking a decision to act on the surrounding. Intentional action is karma, said the Buddha. It can be positive or negative according to mindset. Actions guided by meththa, karuna, muditha and upekkha create positive karma while things done guided by loba, vaira and moha create negative karma. Does the present generation of Buddhist accept this correlation as the truth? This current generation, even dedicated Buddhist do not believe that what one does will compulsively create karma that result in creating good or bad.

There were many common features that in the karma theory, some pundits say, that would help find a preventive pathway. In terms of karma – the cause and effect produce the common picture of the truth – as if both in terms of time or place. Some say that political leaders are naturally punished for their papa karma and have to go through punishment. Those who believe in God as the truth and judgements for braking holy indications of good and bad explain even political gains and losses as the work of God. They will pray for justice. Whatever monks and priests say we have to believe in truth and justice and go forward.

For the Presidential Election in December 2019, the selection of the candidate is not going to be at the sole discretion of any single political party, instead, it will be decided by the alliance formed by the major political parties – an amalgam of many minority parties.

Bitter Truth is Sri Lankans are so bankrupt to find a suitable national to contest the forthcoming Presidential Election, which one leading political party has to beg a foreigner to renounce citizenship and be present in Lanka. On the other hand, a prominent religious leader has even put his conditions to meet Presidential hopefuls to show disapproval on how the state is governed in the recent past by all political parties. What is more, the leading political party representing the Tamil minorities living in North East have left it entirely to the Majority Sinhala parties to decide who will be their respective Presidential candidate and then back the probable winner in the race for the presidency without investigating the policy for resolving nationality problem.

 


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