It seems so long ago, but what our cricket-loving Governor General had to say in 1960 because he had noted the first signs of our material yearnings. In his New Year’s message he warned: It is the greatest mistake to imagine that mere material progress is getting us anywhere. On the contrary, the predominance of economic interests and motives in any civilisation is always the forerunner of moral decline and social disintegration”.
What went wrong? We were conned by the same interests the GG referred to. But now, post COVID-19, social change is not just wishful but in some societies a new reality.