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Sri Lanka: Ground View Feb 2009

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Riding through the storms

Many witnessed the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. It was closely watched for its symbolic significance as America after many years of struggle finally swore in their first African American President. We too in our country face challenges with a New Year.

We have been rocked by violence and violent images. Our economy faces many perils. The income and livelihood, particularly in tea, rubber, tourism and those of migrant wages face stagnation and losses.

We have wounds to heal in the North and east of our country. We have to think beyond war and destruction to peace and development.

The vital institutions of the state need to pay heed to numerous challenges and expectations.

We have chosen a brief passage from the speech of President Barack Obama at his recent inauguration. These words are applicabale to even our own nation.

'We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.'