Sri Lanka - challenges and opportunities - Part
Complexities in land issue being addressed
We have already done away with the whole edifice
of emergency regulations which at that time was a necessity for the
protection of life and limb. But the government of Sri Lanka was
quite determined to bring that regime to an end as soon as the
hostilities were over. Hence, the regulations are no longer
operative in any part of the island, and High Security Zones which
were established during that period under these extraordinary
circumstances visited upon us by a ruthless terrorist organisation
are now in the process of been dismantled. There is only one high
security zone today in the Northern peninsula - that is in the
Palaly area, and 43 percent of that has now been given up. And it
will shrink further during the next few weeks.
The Human Dimension
What we can learn from child prodigies...
Time and again, we hear of children who do
exceedingly well beyond all expectations of parents and peers. In a
country where parents push the children sometimes too much, to
achieve the dream they never could, we can understand and marvel at
such child prodigies who stand out for an unusual degree of
Roads and bridges in pre-modern Sri Lanka
The technique of road construction and bridge
building in pre-modern Sri Lanka were not rudimentary as one would
imagine. They were in fact on par with the skills shown by our
ancestors in art and architecture and hydraulic engineering. They
indicate that the communication system very well served the needs of
the time. According to the fifth century Chinese traveller Fa-Hsien,
the roads and streets in the city of Anuradhapura were excellently
laid out and beautifully maintained. He further states that there
were four principal streets in Anuradhapura and that they were wide
and well paved with bricks and lined with walls built of bricks.
Lightning: ‘cultured man’ harms environment
If we need to lead a normal and healthy life
there are a few important subjects we need to focus on. First is our
health and protection. A clean, natural environment is essential for
human life because food production depends on it, and our health is
directly connected to pollution. The future of Sri Lanka depends on
the children, who ought to be brought up with morals, social ethics,
and most importantly discipline.
Dr. N.M. Perera - embodiment of leadership qualities
Leaders inspire followers, they must have
followers. Leaders lead from the front, they possess strength to
face challenges. According to John Quency Adams - 'Action motivates
to dream more, learn more, do more, become more - you are a leader.'
A leader with a clear vision knows where to go. He is a man of
integrity, honesty, magnanimity and a person who possesses,
sincerity, calmness, honesty, fair mindedness and a sense of humour.
Leadership entails directing people towards achieving a particular
end or goal. It is the ability to get men do, what they don't like
to do and like it.