Army selling vegetables, photo via The Sunday Leader
I honestly haven’t read through Kottu for a while, just did today. Still some interesting stuff. It’s a bit of an oldy, but Serendipity has an interesting perspective on this whole militarization of vegetables. Not that vegetables are joining the Army, but that the Army is selling vegetables. He says, “When the army bypasses the normal distribution channels for a short period, in order to reduce the price to the consumer, the costs borne by the army in collection and transport are not reflected in the price, thus unfairly prejudicing long established businesses.” Serendipity has an interesting position because he actually is a farmer.
Another interesting post is Mahasen’s call for “Rationalists, secularists, Humanists, Agnostics, Atheists and all the free thinking intellectuals and scholars of our time in Sri Lanka… I say it’s time you bunch stop masturbating and go out in public to have your orgy.” I agree in sentiment, but I simply don’t have the Sinhala language ability to go out to the masses. Hopefully a new generation will.
Then there is a post by a math teacher/journalist who complains about the ills of tuition classes.
“Where’s the homework?” I raised my voice.
“I couldn’t do it,” he answered in a low voice.
“Why?” Now the whole class had stopped work and looked at this drama.
“I had a tuition class, so I got late to come home.” The reply made me furious.
Sri Lankan education is decent on a secondary level, but obviously not decent enough. I never took an extra tuition class in America, those were only for the very rich or the very dumb. Here it’s simply a part of school. All of this puts a lie to the ‘free education’ system, and I sadly don’t think it makes kids that much more educated. What are they competing for, as well? Entry into an University system with no room for them or jobs at the end?
Finally, there have been severe floods in Eastern Sri Lanka and over 500,000 are now washed out. Sarvodaya has blogged about the situation which, vaguely knowing the usually watery Batticaloa, seems to be bad. I am broke as a joke after the holidays but I made a donation towards food packets for the people washed out. It’s not as sexy a disaster as the tsunami or war, but a disaster nonetheless.