Opium to the youth
Posted on April 5th, 2012

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwela.

Do we realize what we are bringing up our youth on nowadays? Either it is cricket or music -more of the latter. We are glorifying musical competitions  and not doing anything to  give them any incentive  to achieve anything  better in life.

All we see day in day out in all the cities and even some villages is the competition for Superstars. Thousands flock to these shows and millions waste time watching some youth singing “”…”well or not is not the question-  in order to find the superstar. Even the selection  of superstar is  not on merit rather who has more clout on SMS. What sort of standards are we setting up for our future leaders?

Why don’t we have competition for good  Samaritan acts? Why not for new inventions? Why not for achievements? Why not for other talents which are worthwhile for life?

If we the elders keep glorifying wasting time they will curse us one day for having failed in our  duties “”…” as they are cursing us for neglecting our environment, obliterating their opportunity to learn English, and messing up the education system.

The politicians will get away with  all this as we the citizens, the lotus eaters, sit and watch. But can we give their  youth back to our future generation?

It is high time some common sense prevailed and more constructive competitions are set up for the youth so that they will be motivated to compete in worthwhile matters.

It may not sound very attractive as music as this whole nation is drunk on this senseless competitions, but it is up to us to make it more exciting and interesting. Surely the latest inventions and technologies  can make anything interesting enough if only we set our hearts about it.

Any takers for the challenge?

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwela.

6 Responses to “Opium to the youth”

  1. Vijendra Says:

    Hello Meena, you are quite right. Thanks to the 13A, we have so many politicians now at the federal, provincial, municipal and village levels, there are no more thugs left in the villages! Most of these politicians’ only ambition seems to be be fattening their own bank accounts through political power and illegal means. Some of the politicians have no accountability to the Sri Lankans and sell the country to the LTTE and western warmongers for a fistful of dollars! I doubt whether some of them are even interested in the future of the country or the youth as most of them have no education even to understand this need. As they say, we get what we deserve!

    In my humble opinion, it’s time to get rid of the 13A and depoliticize Sri Lanka, get rid of the traitors who connive with the LTTE rump and sell the country to the west. It’s time to bring the whole country under one strong central government with a good vision to build a healthy nation with a prosperous future we all could be proud of.

  2. Vijendra Says:

    I am really sorry for inadvertently mis-spelling your name Mareena. Please excuse me.

  3. Dham Says:

    This time she is right.
    Stop all these singing dancing by force and send all youth to Buddhist temples
    This woman is living in a different world.

  4. Raj Says:

    Mareena, I disagree with you. I am sure the majority will too. I and so many others in Sri Lanka missed out on learning Music, movies and taking part in sports as those activities were discouraged by old fashioned parents. Fortunately for my children, we encouraged them to learn many skills as they please, and they turned out to be all-rounders, and are street cred. We see many young people coming to foreign countries who lack street cred and confidence. Children must be encouraged to appreciate music and sports, in addition to academic studies.

  5. Dham Says:

    You must read what this Mulim extremist woman complained about SL society all the time. Read all her past writing first, inlcuding comments. She is a member of an extremist organisation , trying to impose Saudi Arabian culture in Sri lanka !

  6. Nihal Fernando Says:

    Dr. Mareena,

    Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.

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