I returned from a visit to the northern part of Sri Lanka, today and now understand why it’s difficult to live in post war times. Once the many limitations of war times are removed and better infrastructure is put in place, people run out of excuses. However, due to the 30 plus years of war mentality most people are still looking for excuses and roadblocks. Even going to the extent of justifying why any opportunity cannot be unlocked, because of their own kind! The new Provincial council needs people who can remind the people that they have crossed times of violence and now it’s time to reconstruct.
“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” -E. Joseph Cossman
The new chief minister of the NPC started off in a positive way putting forward 7 principles that those engaged in public life should adhere to, first published in the UK. Himself a retired Supreme Court judge, he would be the best person to lead by example. They are:
First – Selflessness. Meaning the absence of selfishness.
Second – Integrity
Third – Objectivity
Fourth – Accountability. Being answerable for your actions.
Fifth – Openness. Take decisions with transparency.
Sixth – Honesty
Seventh – Leadership. Be able to set an example to everyone.
An important concept that can add to the above governance aspects is, Servant Leadership. My post on 4 Feb 2013 will show the type of leadership required by the newly elected. (http://surenrajakarier.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/servant-leadership/).
Besides transparency and good governance, people of the northern region have to get their business spirits back, use their resilient skills in business, be positive/ optimistic and not base their plans on the past. It is Warren Buffet who said; “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” The rear view mirror in the post war era is not useful, if you need to move forward. Hope the people in the region will take development and economic prosperity as their immediate mission and not wait for politicians to handout everything on a platter.