Views expressed on role of youth in shaping new constitution

Views expressed on role of youth in shaping new constitution

Views expressed on role of youth in shaping new constitution

Written by Staff Writer

16 Dec, 2015 | 8:34 pm

A discussion on the role of  that young people can play in shaping a new constitution for Sri Lanka, was held in Colombo on Tuesday, December 15

Veteran musician, Sunil Perera stated that many ask him whether he is happy now, as the major change was made for the benefit of the public.

He added that certain good things are happening; but it is happening under the old system as the politicians have instilled fear among the people to make them surrender.

He stated:

A politician had said that Sunday school would be made mandatory but instead it should be banned since it were the politicians who went to these Sunday schools who have been ruling all this time.

Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu stated:

They made a definite contribution to the change that happened during the elections where people were treated as citizens of this country.

He went on to note that democracy is not about voting every five years, but instead it is about constant vigilance and monitoring, And therefore when the opportunity is given it should be taken.

He added that they should come up with a framework that accommodates aspirations, addresses the identities and also the grievances of all the people in the country.

Dr. Rohan Edirisinghe stated:

For practical reasons the politicians will have to play a leadership role and the parliament will be transformed into a constitutional assembly

He added that the constitution is meant to protect individual freedom, individual autonomy and the rights of the minority.

 

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