kid in the picture


Happy new year! What would you tell the kid in this picture about what the future might hold for him.
Kid in a bus, Sri Lanka

I don’t want to make optimistic promises, prophecies of doom, or drone so called inspirational excrement. I certainly won’t make carefully phrased vagueness either. That’s the frightening thing I find about the future generations. Born to play the game of life with dice loaded against their favour. But perhaps that is the way it has always been.

What say you?

7 comments

  1. I quote…

    Sinhala Buddhists who believe this land belongs to the most compassionate Lord Buddha and constitutionally calls it the “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”, sing with pride “In wisdom and strength renewed / Ill-will, hatred, strife all ended / In love enfolded, a mighty nation / Marching onward, all as one / Lead us, Mother, to fullest freedom.” as their National Anthem.

    And….. in this compassionate, democratic Buddhist land enfolded with love, in wisdom and fullest freedom, media is forbidden to raise a dissenting voice. Media is forbidden to criticise the “law” of the ruling regime. The media is forbidden to speak for the people.

    Many who thought they as the media have a right to freedom of expression, they have a right to information, that the people also have the same right and that it is a fundamental right in a modern civilised society, have been told very bluntly and at times most brutally, that it isn’t so in this land of the compassionate, democratic republic, run by a “patriotic” regime.

    The Tamil media in the North were the first to have been told this bluntly and ruthlessly while the Colombo media did not want those dissenting voices in the North, heard elsewhere. They had to learn that lesson, first hand.

    And….that was a lesson learnt by some, who are not with us to tell their story. That is a lesson learnt by some, who don’t have the right to say it, because they have a right to live some time more. For a lot, it was their station “Sirasa” that went ablaze with that lesson. It was their station that was smashed and set on fire to teach a lesson.

    For Lasantha Wickramatunge, an editor with a passion for uncompromising media professionalism, it was a challenge to face. A challenge he never minced words, in meeting. He had his own aggressive style in meeting the challenge. Admired and respected but left alone without political backing.

    And….. he, therefore, could not surmount this challenge, all by himself.

    A lesson learnt, that needs no repeats to learn. This compassionate Sinhala Buddhist land does not tolerate “dissent”. Those who would not want to learn that living, would have to learn that in death. We who live, would come back when “dissent” comes back as a democratic right, accepted and enjoyed in a modern land of compassion.

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  2. The End: Thanks for the comment though it is not very clear as to what it means. Perhaps an explanation could be given?

    From what little I could pick up, I can’t think of why any ruler would ever want to make “dissent” into a right.

    I’m also not sure what is meant by “compassionate Sinhala Buddhist land” or its toleration of dissent. I certainly can’t accept that “Sinhala Buddhists” all share the opinion that is quoted. If that is true, then I’m the sole dissenter but I know I’m not.

    Than again the more I read the comment the more confusing it get. Perhaps a clarification is in order.

    Kalusudda:😐 not sure what you mean.

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  3. The point I was trying to make, is that while the masses (what I like to call the Sinhala Buddhist red necks) think that this is, in fact, the land of the Buddha, and therefore the land of the Buddhists, they blindly follow MR, and whatever wrongdoing he’s upto, are justified, or ignored.

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  4. themissingsandwich: Felt the image was gut wrenching when I took the picture. I don’t think you can realistically promise the next generation anything unless its something that you can do directly as an individual.

    The End: Much more coherent when it you put it that way. I think you need to be a bit more specific in mixing the demographics of political views with broad religious and ethnic identities.

    Your previous comment suggests that you are depicting ethnically Sinhalese Buddhists as an intolerant monolithic entity. Which reads like a racist rant (though I very much doubt that you are a racist by any means).

    I’ve head similar tones/rants about “those dut-ty Tamils” being LTTE supporters. No ethnicity behaves in such a uniform way. By subscribing to such intolerance they can’t be Buddhists anyway. From a Buddhist perspective, the notion that someone who died 2500 can have any territorial/cultural domination claim over anything is meaningless. Then again, such notions are held by people tend chant Pali/ quote scriptures call themselves “Buddhists”.

    All of which ads to make terms like “Sinhala Buddhists” and “Sinhala Buddhist red necks” into very loaded counterproductive shorthand.

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