Kumbhakaran’s mentality has not died but continues to flourish in this land. Today the Opposition is made out to be the obstacles to progress while the excesses of the government remain unchecked. The EBC is so independent that it does not have to account to anyone! The newspapers and other media houses are silent on the electoral irregularities that the Opposition identified in the conduct of the last August 10, 2020 General Elections.
Kumbhakaran was a character in the Ramayan. He was self-indulgent to the point that when a war was raging in his land he was fast asleep. As a younger brother of the King of Lanka, Kumbhakaran should have been more proactive in the affairs of State; instead his energies were squandered in a culture of eat, drink and merry!
Kumbhakaran felt that by being part of the status quo all would be well when he wakes up. Never bothering to participate in the affairs of State, he was confident that his brother, the king, would always seek his best interest. After the enemies landed on the shores of Lanka and many brave warriors had fallen in the battlefield, Ravan called upon Kumbhakaran to go to the battlefield. Learning of the cause of the war, he rebuked the King but pledged to defend Lanka and died doing so.
Today the Kumbhakarans of this fair land are not going into the battlefield but are anxiously waiting on the borders to open to take flight! The economic and social crises are upon us and soon the riots are inevitable. If 1970 was scary, what is fast approaching is going to be ten times worst!
The Kumbhakarans have always felt that they were part of the status quo… the big wigs. Turning their backs on the villages of the Naparimas and Caroni, they migrated to the suburbs of Port of Spain and San Fernando, leaving behind their jhandi, kurta and saris, the festivals of Ram Leela and Divali, for membership in the Roman Catholic Church, Susamachar and social clubs like Rotary and Queen’s Park Oval.
These Kumbhakarans looked the other side when the elections were rigged in 1961, 1966 and 1971. They aided and abetted in manipulation of the electoral machinery of the State, ignoring the dire consequences. The Seukerans, the Mohammeds, the Montanos, all of them indulged in state patronage – scholarships, promotions and invitations to cocktail parties.
Kumbhakaran’s mentality has not died but continues to flourish in this land. Today the Opposition is made out to be the obstacles to progress while the excesses of the government remain unchecked. The EBC prides its independence so much so that it does not have to account to anyone! The newspapers and other media houses are silent on the irregularities the Opposition identified in the conduct of the last August 10, 2020 General Elections.
No one articulates the plight of our farmers, the most hard working citizens in the country. Though a large section of our population depends directly and indirectly on agriculture for their livelihood, the government continues to treat agriculture like a step child! Without a land policy, time and again prime farmlands are taken from farmers and transferred to the HDC for voter padding, without a whimper from the Kumbhakarans.
Kumbhakaran was slayed by Rama in battle. Similarly, time is going to remove those selfish and brutish sons and daughters. Their conspiratorial role contributed to the present social and political crises that plagues the country and they must be called upon to account.
The Moghuls and the British did not rule India without the support of the Kumbhakarans. Before the arrival of Gandhi in Indian politics, there was no opposition to British rule. The Indian National Congress was a social club with the Kumbhakarans pouring platitudes on the Queen and the King to win small concessions.
Kumbhakaranas must be treated as mentally challenged or morons who cannot compete in a level playing field and would always have to subject themselves to humiliation to win favours. Not surprisingly, individuals like the Capildeos and the Naipauls did not have to behave like Kumbhakarans, Their Brahminical pride was reflected in their self-confidence to walk on the global stage and win glory!