Event held at BMICH to mark one year anniversary of government of good governance

Event held at BMICH to mark one year anniversary of government of good governance

Event held at BMICH to mark one year anniversary of government of good governance

Written by Tharushan Fernando

08 Jan, 2016 | 10:28 pm

Today marks one year since Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the President of the country.

The main event to mark the first year anniversary of the establishment of the democratic rule of Good Governance took place at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

A photo exhibition was also organised to mark the one year anniversary of the establishment of Democratic Governance.

The national event was graced by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and many others.

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Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe stated: While travelling with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he said that we are very lucky because two parties have come together to form a government, and that if this continues Sri Lanka will be the leading nation in the region.

He said:

After attending the economic forum with the President, yesterday, and looking at the international economy, it was said that if this National Government continues, no matter how bad the international economy becomes, Sri Lanka will be able to move ahead. But a year ago, a nation that was cast aside with no hope, has now moved forward.

He added:

All political processes have commenced – and has been so for the last 365 days – and tomorrow Parliament will convene and the Constitutional Assembly will be drafted and that is where Good Governance will play an integral role.

He went on to question:

Are we going to move forward with a new attitude or are we going to be trapped within the politics that was rejected by the people? Are we going to be stuck in the puddle of mud?” and stated that “all this will be decided tomorrow.”

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The keynote address was delivered by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a civil servant and a diplomat, who served as the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the grandson of the pioneer of the Indian independence struggle Mahatma Gandhi.

The former Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka added:

“It is good to be smart, but it is smarter to be good, in the long term” and went on to note that the difficulty is, “one lives, not in the long term, but in the short term and that short term is the arena for the il-liberal undemocrat, to do his little acts of violence to democracy, to republicanism, to civil liberties, human rights, and get away with several crimes including murder.”

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The President speaking at the event stated:

I do not have a political agenda for myself. I only have a political agenda for the nation.

The President also stated that making the dream of building our motherland within the next five years, is the current agenda.

He  added:

With the completion of one year, making constitutional changes is being discussed. But some say that the government is attempting divide the country into two. They say that Buddhism will lose its place while some say that national security will be in jeopardy.

“I wish to tell that that what we are attempting to do is not what they say, but of what they cannot see and what they do not understand”

The President added that many can do what is simple and many can do what is easy. He stated:

However we must also place our hands on what is deemed as a challenge and what is a risk for the betterment of the society, the country and the motherland.

He said:

I will embrace all the challenges, and with my sacrifices, I will fulfill my responsibilities and duties. And if one asks me what is the most happiest day of my life, I would say   December 21, 2014, the day I stepped out the government – letting go of all positions

He further noted:

It is imperative that we make tomorrow a better one and the people of today must have a just society and the children of tomorrow, be it from the North , East , South or West must be given an environment which will be peaceful, and where freedom will be enjoyed in happiness.

“No matter what the challenge, I will not step back in making a decision to create change and will take action at the appropriate time” said the President, in conclusion of his speech.

The national event to mark the one year anniversary, which was attended by foreign delegates, diplomats, ministers and MPs was marked with religious and cultural events. A compilation of documents prepared by the Government Information Department and the Presidential Secretariat was presented to the President at this event.

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A significant moment at this event was that the former LTTE member Sivaraj Jenivan who was convicted of an assassination attempt on the life of the President when the president was a minister in 2005, was pardoned by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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