Pictures and reports of masqueraders, soca artistes and bikini clad beach goers continue to overshadow the Lenten season in our main stream media. Is there a limit to this bacchanal? When are our leaders-editors and politicians-going to take direct action to stem this behaviour?
I always felt that the launching of bands before Divali was a direct assault on Hindus but I have now come to realize that lovers of Carnival culture have a total disregard for all that is sacred. Such conduct is now becoming an increasing and absolute threat to the moral fiber of the society. More dastard is the support Carnival receives from the State while other festivals are ignored.
The Chairman of NCC cannot stop talking about Carnival. Now that the season is over, it would be nice for attention to be given to the upcoming Phagwa festival which is only two weeks away. The truth is this festival is overlooked by the Cabinet, not bothering to provide State funding for the event.
Phagwa has a universal lesson for all mankind. Its main theme is that the Creator does not tolerate religious bigotry and fundamentalism. The evil King imposed himself as the highest truth and derided the existence of a Supreme Being. While his opportunist ministers and priests succumbed to his demands, Prahalad, his son, resisted him by proclaiming that Vishnu is God.
Hindus needs to underline the courage of Prahalad, a child hero, who was determined to face death rather than submit to falsehood. This is a great lesson for this country. It is time to let our voices be heard loud and clear that Carnival is not the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Subscribing to such propaganda and falsehood is cowardice!
Carnival is moral decadence! It’s a forum for licentious behavior and the perpetuation of a culture of lawlessness. When the Commissioner of Police said “No major crime this Carnival” the question must be asked: Is this a misleading statement? If 97% of the police force was called out to duty with frequent bulletins warning the public of dangers, then it only points to the reality that not all is well with this national festival. Why this show of police power every year when the inevitable report is ‘no major crime.’? Is this a further waste of taxpayers’ dollars?
Mainstream media are agents of the ruling class of the society and strive to present a false narrative of the good life-food, fete and merriment. Alcohol consumption is boosted during Carnival and drunk and disorderly behavior is lauded! Indecent exposure and open sexual acts are ignored by law enforcement agencies. However, parking a vehicle to purchase a doubles is asking for double trouble in this fair land! You may stop traffic to purchase bread and no police dare issue a traffic ticket!
Did our vendors make money from Carnival? The truth is our vendors are now alienated from Carnival as the bands have grown exclusive. Such behavior is discriminatory and reeks of casteism! “Not at all. Carnival is a peoples’ festival that embraces all” is the refrain of stakeholders of this bacchanal! The stakeholders don’t mind destroying the society to put a few dollars in their pockets!
Carnival is like the coronavirus, eroding what little values are left this society. The social breakdown in the family and the schools has it genesis in this virus called Carnival. Not surprisingly, for most youth, laughter and having fun are more important than learning a skill.
When Jouvert finishes, many participants linger on, afraid to return to their homes where hopelessness confronts them. Carnival is a psychological escape valve that the poor and marginalized in our society jump into to escape their frustration and hopelessness. The reality is that the people who have been running this country are a bunch of failures.
It is not long before calls are made for a repeat of the Black Power Uprising of 1970. Interestingly, a few talk show hosts are appealing for the nationalization of State enterprises as the way forward. This is the real Carnival that needs to be highlighted-square black pegs in round holes, all in the name of Black empowerment.