Hon. Speaker’s New Yr Message
The approaching new yr has been a difficult one for all of us amid the financial storms and social and political upheavals on this planet. Within the midst of all this, we, the residents of a small island, have the least skill to face agency and unbiased. However it isn’t inconceivable.
In my view, we should always all take into consideration the yr 2023, once we have fun the Diamond jubilee of our nation’s independence, from such a cautious, accountable and respectful viewpoint.
Wanting ahead to 2023, there isn’t any mistake in calling the previous yr 2022 as a yr of adjustments within the historical past of Sri Lanka greater than some other. Additionally, the teachings realized from these experiences can’t be known as an obstacle however an ideal heritage for an extended future to return.
Till now, we’ve got to rise united once more from the social, political, financial and extremist storm that destroyed the respectable unity that had been constructed up as a Sri Lankan nation. It’s a critical duty positioned on the shoulders of all Sri Lankans by the current and the longer term, not simply politicians.
No matter what occurred prior to now, we should positively deal with one another with respect sooner or later. Regardless of which get together we symbolize, there isn’t any must see the opposite get together as our enemies. Respect is a vital issue for each events to succeed in a standard, mediated settlement.
Additionally, as adults, we needs to be extra cautious about our future generations within the coming new yr than final yr. Within the face of a aggressive world, we should always have a look at our youngsters with a cautious eye. Not solely the household, the college, but in addition the temple, the church and the neighbors have a selfless duty for the kids who would be the future leaders of our nation.
To have fun a freedom that’s supreme to us, we should step into the 'Heavenly Kingdom' of nationwide freedom, as poet Rabindranath Tagore says within the thirty-fifth verse of his well-known guide ‘Gitanjali’. In that heavenly kingdom, our minds will probably be free from concern; Should be capable to maintain head straight; Information have to be free; Our phrases should stream from the underside of reality. Will need to have logical pondering. There have to be unrelenting vigor. A rustic ought to transfer in the direction of such a state of freedom.
Could 2023 be a brand new yr crammed with freedom, pleasure, knowledge and progressive pondering for all of you!
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena,
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