Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A crown and emperor's clothes for a president

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are to be given honorary doctorates by the University of Colombo in recognition of their service to the country. They, no doubt, deserve such honours, where defeating terrorism is concerned, but the problem is that even ace racketeers responsible for bilking the gullible public out of billions of rupees have been honoured in the same manner. Before doctorates are conferred on the President and his brother, we think, fraudsters have to be stripped of theirs. Acupuncture joints are also busy conferring doctorates on every scoundrel. Worse, crooks have taken their pina doctorates seriously and are flaunting them! Full text