What is the definition for a Banana Republic? A term used to describe countries plagued with a variety of problems, including a tyrannical or otherwise problematic government or government officials.Sri Lanka sadly is becoming a Banana Republic because it has a society which is divided into poor daily pay working class and a ruling-class – a new rich plutocracy . The country is struggling to find money to import oil . But all those elected representatives have motorcades where ever they go, some in Range Rovers , and they waste jet fuel for lavish independence day celebrations practices. This is at a time when the country is at its worst and faces a massive fuel Forex and power crisis . We are now begging for US Dollars from Bangladesh and Pakistan. For example Independence Avenue was newly carpeted overnight for Independence Day . What an utter waste of public funds. When several Roads in the heart of the city needs carpeting. Inflation is running at 14% and food inflation is at 25% .
The common Man finds it hard to even to get gas. Meanwhile the roads are blocked for independence day celebrations. Lights are switched on unnecessarily. So much was expected of President Gotabaya. Why is he allowing this madness? The country’s debts are partially due to the grandiose plans of Mahinda Rajapakse. The Mattale Airport, Hambantota Port , the communication tower. We could have easily done with out them. Why blame the leaders anyway? We elected them. So we deserve the government we get . So let us tighten our belts and happily watch whilst they party with public funds. Sadly, Sri Lanka has an ineffective opposition that cannot inspire any change .
Other than the JVPs Anura Kumara Dissanayake asking the public to vote for them in 2024, essentially to bring back the assets looted, which rightfully they say belong to the people of Sri Lanka and must be distributed among all citizens . A promised made by the previous government of Sirisena and Wickramasinghe, now happily in opposition. So at the end of the day when the cows come home to rest, it is only the people who can actually save themselves and their families from this unprecedented crisis. All we can say is – Happy Independence Day to all!