With the heartening speech of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations of Sri Lanka, people from Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgher communities, are inspired with fresh hopes of confidence that this new leader means business and would deliver the goods according to the needs of the nation.
The fact that the comprehensive speech covered all areas cannot be gainsaid. Following his maiden speech from the Sri Maha Bodhi on assumption of his duties as president , many extolled the virtues and some singled out some shortcomings of the President’s talk. But the Independence Day message made by President Rajapaksa stands supreme and had portrayed his sincere vision and commitment towards his people. He emphatically said : “ As the President today, I represent the entire Sri Lankan nation irrespective of ethnicity, religion, party affiliation or other differences.”
As a true Sri Lankan he never forgot the people who contributed to the declaration of independence from colonial rule by paying rich tributes to Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgher leaders who dedicated themselves to achieving and ensuring this Independence.
Dismissing allegations from vested interests, the president emphatically ensured media freedom and went one step further, to say that people are at liberty to talk for and against on any issues related to the country.
He also ensured rule of law, separation of powers among the legislature, judiciary and legislature, combating extremism, fighting drug menace, maintaining sovereignty of the motherland and giving the rightful place for Buddhism while respecting other religions followed by Sri Lankans.
Giving priority of education, he said “ Education facilities are not equal in all areas. Healthcare facilities are not equally dispersed. Job opportunities have not spread to all regions. These inequalities are not due to racial or religious reasons. These are common problems that the country faces. In strengthening the ability for people to live freely, we must first address the economic problems that affect the public. That is why the eradication of poverty is a priority of our Government.”
Mr.President ! The nation stands thankful to the dedicated and devoted speech and in turn, it also expects your dynamic efforts to put your words into action.
Finally, you stole the hearts of the people with your statement : “ I am ready to work with the utmost dedication for the betterment of the country and its people during my term of office.”
Keep up Sir, the country needs a smart leader of your calibre, who would gear up the nation to a better tomorrow.