In the mind of over 50% of voters, our country Sri Lanka known as the gem, pearl, wonder or miracle of Asia, proves Abraham Lincoln right! He’s quoted to have said “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. It’s time we all work on ethics and governance as a foundation of a sustainable future. Narendra Modi said “Let’s change the image of our country from “Scam India” to “Skilled India.” Hope we can also change our image from “commission Lanka” to “clean Sri Lanka”. It’ll be a true miracle.
Pope Francis is visiting our dear land next week. He has the best advice to our rulers. He says “Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: ‘Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?’ If you don’t ask those questions, your governance will not be good.” How true? Will we have enough leaders in government who will not only ask the two questions but also answer in the affirmative.
The Daily FT article (7 Jan 2015) by Mr C Jayaratne under the caption ‘A wish for leadership and governance post-presidential elections 2015’, stated; “All implementation strategies and action plans and the allocation of national resources must lead to long-term value addition for all stakeholders of society and must be accepted by civil society as equitable, sustainable and based on transparent policies and practices that are applied by the Executive with consistency, in a non-partisan, unbiased, independent and honest way.”
To sum it up let me use a quote from a great leader who won the hearts of South Africans and the world, “Affirmative action must be rooted in the principles of justice and equality.” – Nelson Mandela. Mandela gave his best to unite whites and blacks in South Africa to eradicate apartheid. In this election, Maithripala the winner today has got a huge mandate from the war ravaged north and east of Sri Lanka for reconciliation. Hope our leaders will keep to the promise of being ethical and transparent. Hope is what we have and hope is what keeps mankind going. At least now we have something to look forward to and hope for!