RAMA’S NEOLIBERAL DREAM

RAMA’S NEOLIBERAL DREAM

Rama Sithanen’s articles in today’s l’Express is a masterpiece in neoliberal propaganda. It must have been written to please Mauritian neoliberals in power and elsewhere, the World Bank, Trump, Narendra Modi, and other Macrons.

His wild neoliberal dream must of course ignore facts which dampens neoliberal enthusiasm. So, his articles don’t mention global warming and the consequential climate change. Just like the new PM adviser he probably thinks that the water from melting polar ice will remain in the poles. There will be no sea level rise, no rise in temperature, no more frequent and violent cyclones. Bottom line will grow indefinitely in his neoliberal paradise.

He totally ignores food security and so, according to him, we must not grow what we eat and eat what we grow; we must not change our eating habits although 20% of the population suffer from diabetes and 40% are overweight. Big business should keep on using our land to build luxury villas to be sold to foreigners instead of having a land tenure reform and a national agricultural cooperative movement.

He is not aware that only 25-30% of our population have functional literacy skills – not 90% as all governments have been boasting. His dreamlike colourful vision sees no need for major reforms in education for he perhaps believes just like some nincompoops that all Mauritians are literate trilinguals.

Rama’s neoliberal dream is in fact people’s nightmare. A handful of rich are going to get richer while the masses are going to get poorer and poorer while the effects of global warming will threaten the very existence of human beings.

2068 will be hellish if we do not drop the neoliberal approach and opt for a new way of life where happiness is more important than wealth; where being is more important than having; where solidarity and sharing replace cupidity and selfishness.

A NATION OF VIRGIN TARTS

A NATION OF VIRGIN TARTS

According to the Rigveda, Indra, Agni and Soma are three important divinities who consume a drink called soma copiously and the worship of Soma is associated with the consumption of that drink which is made from a plant called soma. What is soma plant? No one is sure but there is a belief that it could be cannabis /Indian hemp /marijuana /gandia. Soma is also known as bhang.
In Mauritius, bhang and gandia are associated by many Hindus with certain religious rituals – Divali, Holi and Shivratri. Authorities prefer to look away and not see.
The hullabaloo in connection with Nad’s leader is a clear indication that virgin tarts abound in our country.
We should know that alcohol and tobacco are much, much more dangerous and yet they are legal drugs and prohibition of gandia has simply forced it underground into the black market. A lot of time, money and energy go into repression and is wasted. Moreover this allows for the alarmingly growing rate of consumption of synthetic drugs. Repression has simply not worked anywhere in the world.
Bold decisions are what we need. NOT DECRIMINALISATION BUT LEGALISATION.
Remember also that gandia has curative virtues for certain pathologies.
Virgin tarts, please abstain from reading this.

Date: 16.02.2018