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INDEPENDENCE OF 1948 RESURRECTED AND REVIVED BY PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA

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INDEPENDENCE OF 1948 RESURRECTED AND REVIVED BY PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA

first familyDr.Telli C Rajaratnam - We remember that the Independence of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was known) was on February 4th, 1948. We obtained independence from the British Rule, by smooth transition after India gained its independence.

 

Our Patriots declared that we are a people created equal, free to think and worship as we feel. We were no longer colonists. We obtained our own identity and our destiny would not be determined for us but our destiny will be determined by us.

 

We honour our patriots who contributed towards that endeavour. But the crucial factor is the independence gained by defeating terror and granting freedom to the entire Nation was under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the midst of so much interference from developed countries with vested interests is far greater achievement in the history of this country.

 

There shall be one law for all. The territorial law of Sri Lanka shall be the same for the entire country. Every citizen has a right to choose his residence. Each citizen has a right to live in any part of Sri Lanka. The Tamils must cease to talk of North and the East as motherland. There shall be only one race - the human race,  one nation – the nation of Sri Lanka, one sovereign - the Executive President,  one leader -President MahindaRajapaksa,  elected by the people for the people.

 

National Flag

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The National Flag of Sri Lanka represents the country and her heritage as rallying device that integrates the minorities with the majority race. Sri Lanka National Flag is an improvisation of the civil standard of the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Wickrama Rajasingha. The civil standard had a passant royal lion with a sword in its right fore paw at the center, and a bo-leaf on each of the four corners on a plain border. When Sri Lanka gained her independence from Great Britain on February 04, 1948, it was the lion flag of the last king of Sri Lanka was hoisted once again. The first Prime Minister of independent Sri Lanka, D.S.Senanayake, appointed a committee to advise the government on the design of a new national flag. The design approved by the committee in February 1950 retained the symbol of the lion with the sword and the bo-leaves from the civil standard of the last king of Sri Lanka, with the inclusion of two vertical stripes green and orange in color. The significance of each symbol of the national flag is as follows:

 

The lion in the flag represents the Sinhala race.

The sword of the lion represents the sovereignty of the country.

Curly hair on the lion's head indicates religious observance, wisdom and meditation.

The beard denotes purity of words.

The handle of the sword highlights the elements of water, fire, air and earth.

The nose indicates intelligence.

The two front paws purport to purity in handling wealth.

The vertical stripe of orange represent the minority Tamil race and the green vertical stripe the minority Muslim race.

The four virtues of kindness: KINDNESS, FRIENDLINESS, HAPPINESS, EQUANIMITY are also represented in the flag.

The border round the flag, which is yellow in color, represents other minor races.

The bo-leaves at the four corners of the flag represent Buddhism and its influence on the nation.

They also stand for the four virtues - Kindness, Friendliness, Happiness and Equanimity.

The maroon colored portion of the flag manifests the other minor religions.

The national flag was hoisted for the first time on March 3, 1950.

 

National anthem

 

A National Anthem should be sung in its original version in the original language it was composed. All citizens should learn the meaning whatever race they belong. The national Anthem should be sung in Sri Lanka only in Sinhala. One national anthem, onenation.Article 7 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka states “ the National Anthem of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be 'Sri Lanka Matha,’ the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule”. The third schedule contains only the words in Sinhala. As such the only valid and legal version of the National Anthem is the official Sinhala version. Sri Lanka's literacy rate is very high; all citizens can know the meaning of the national anthem and sing it within an hour.

 

A national anthem (also national hymn, song etc.) is a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history and traditions of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.

 

Certain etiquette may be involved in the playing of a country's anthem. These usually involve military honours, standing up, removing headwear etc. In diplomatic situations the rules may be very formal.

 

Sri Lanka Matha is the national anthem of Sri Lanka. The words and music were written by Ananda Samarakoon in 1940 in the Sinhala language, and was officially adopted as the national anthem on November 22, 1951 by a committee headed by Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne.

 

Freedom in Sri Lanka

 

Through the experience he gained through many political tidal waves and his survival to become the Leader of the Nation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa knows not fear. He has no doubts. He thinks very hard before he makes decisions, once made he will justify his cause with his skills of advocacy which has won over his opponents. Never in the political history of any country has so many opposition members joined and supported the President whom they once opposed.

 

“There go my people, I must follow them, for I am their Leader” were the words of Mahatma Gandhi practiced to the very syllable by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. That is the secret of his success. Amidst the turbulent waves of politics and the intricacies of conspiracies by vested interests- President Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for a second term. The Victor is President Mahinda Rajapaksa, The Victory was inevitable due to the patriotic deeds of the President and the Victorious are the Nation as a whole. Liberation by the Saviour of the Nation. Thousands of men, women and children driven from their lands have returned home.

 

The demands of an outraged community have been met. We have achieved a victory for a safer world, for our democratic values, and for a stronger Sri Lanka.

 

We fought and liberated the people held in hostage, what we achieved and what we have to do now to advance the peace and together with the people, forge a future of freedom, progress and harmony. This can be done only under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa

 

The Terrorists were the cause for Men of all ages separated from their loved ones killed and forced to join the Terrorists, children made to watch their parents die; a whole people forced to abandon in hours communities their families had spent generations building. When our diplomatic efforts to avert this horror with the LTTE were rebuffed, and the violence mounted, the President took affirmative action. Now the people are free, the roads that were closed for years have opened, the people have been liberated.

 

Stability of Leadership

 

Finally, we have averted the wider war this conflict might well have sparked. Now, we're entering a new phase - building that peace - and there are formidable challenges, the foremost amongst them is the stability of Leadership and the Government.

 

Development

 

We must build and develop our country. For that to happen, the European Union must plan for tomorrow, not just today. Our friends the United States, China, India and the United Kingdom must assist us in our endeavour. They must provide most of the resources for this effort, but it is in Sri Lanka's interest to do our part as well. We must pave a path to a prosperous shared future, a unifying magnet more powerful than the pull of hatred and destruction that has threatened to tear us apart.

 

Challenges

 

Sri Lanka still faces great challenges in this world, but we look forward to meeting them. We can successfully maintain the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka now that we have re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa. We must stand united as Patriots of Sri Lanka to support and defend  President Mahinda Rajapaksa and support the 18th amendment to the constitution.

 

Patriotism

 

Patriotism is the ground norm of Civilized Society. As citizens we owe allegiance to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and we owe our loyalty and allegiance to the President. We must appreciate the fact that we would be the most blessed Nation for easy development only if we can eradicate all the other Tamil Terror groups who are terrorizing us including me personally in the city of Colombo. The total eradication of Terrorism is possible only if arms are seized from all militant groups who pay lip service to democracy whilst flirting with the major Terrorist Group. Civil allegiance is the duty of loyalty and obedience which a person owes to the State of which he is a citizen.

 

Terrorism, Diaspora & Vested Interests

 

Due to our internal conflicts which we could have long resolved, external forces with vested interests have all sought to intervene some in the pretext of resolving the conflict but our experience has proved that the gap of resolution of conflict does not seem to be narrower now. Those who finance terror through some NGO's, those who launder their money, and those that cover their tracks are every bit as guilty as the fanatic who commits the final act. We look for diplomacy. But there is no diplomacy with some of those opposed to us. We do not consider them opponents but they oppose every conceivable move we make to develop the country. Sometimes, there is no compromise with such people, no meeting of minds - no point of understanding - so we would have a just choice -defeat it or be defeated by it. We learnt that however much we strive for peace; we need a strong defense capability where a peaceful approach fails. Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far greater.

 

Laws will have to be changed not to deny the basic liberties but to prevent their abuse and protect the most basic liberty of all; freedom from terror. The people are terrorized by certain Tamil s with vested interests in their vile pursuits for power committing crimes and targeting a reflex scenario as if the Government was responsible.

 

We must always be on guard for those who will exploit and manipulate for their own narrow political ends who will distort the essence of pluralism and tolerance for their own extremist agendas. People are being tainted by the reckless media. It is a national catastrophe for the nation. We must enact new laws amend the old.

 

We must work as a community to ensure that everyone not just a privileged few get the collective ability to further the individual's interests. The governing idea of modern social democracy is community founded on the principles of social justice. That people should rise according to merit not birth; that the test of any decent society is not the contentment of the wealthy and strong, but the commitment to the poor and weak. But values aren't enough. The mantle of leadership comes at a price; the courage to learn and change; to show how values that stand for all ages can be applied in a way relevant to each age. We learnt that equality is about equal worth and not equal outcomes.

 

They demand more. The rising cost of living is because of Terrorism - not only the amount we spent on the war but the consequences that follow the false allegation by the Terrorists and their henchmen in Parliament who travel on diplomatic Passports, enjoy all the perks of the State, desecrate the sanctity of the House of Parliament and make false allegations to the world at large - these include all Tamil Militant who wear a mask of democracy and continue to be having the ideals of the Terrorists-these men and women will howl and cry but fear that they may not be elected to Parliament again. They neither love their own people nor the country.

 

We are not alone in this. All round the world governments are struggling with the same problems. The programme of reform is huge. We must have co-operation, determination and consensus. We are a community of people, whose self-interests and mutual interest at crucial points merge and that it is through a sense of justice that community is born and nurtured. This is the moment to bring the faiths closer together in understanding of our common values and heritage a source of unity and strength.

 

By the strength of our common Endeavour we achieve more together than we can alone. We must reach beyond our fears and our divisions to a new time of great and common purpose. Let us trace the roots of affirmative action. Let us determine what it is and what it isn't. Let us see where it has worked and where it hasn't and ask ourselves what we need to do now.

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been a stoic in the face of adversity.He has earnestly endeavoured to unify the nation. He is totally committed to serve the people. It is genuine unwavering and it is selfless.

 

Never in the political history of any country has so many opposition members joined and supported the President whom they once opposed. “There go my people, I must follow them, for I am their Leader” were the words of Mahatma Gandhi practiced to the very syllable by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. That is the secret of his success. Amidst the turbulent waves of politics and the intricacies of conspiracies by vested interests- President Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for a second term. The Victor is President Mahinda Rajapaksa, The Victory was inevitable due to the patriotic deeds of the President and the Victorious are the Nation as a whole.

 

Tolerance and freedom

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa represents tolerance and freedom, not repression and terror. As such every individual or group which transgresses these ideals should be dealt with by the Laws of the land.

Dr. TelliCRajaratnam

(The Writer Dr.Telli C Rajaratnam LL.B(SL)., LL.M(Lond)., Ph.D(Lond) has practiced in Tasmania, New South Wales and Melbourne as a Barrister & Solicitor of Australia, in England & Wales as a Solicitor, in Sri Lanka and the USA as Attorney at Law. He is also a visiting Lecturer in Law & International Relations and has authored 14 books on Law, Philosophy and Politics. He is an indomitable Defender of President  Mahinda Rajapaksa)

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