The long-awaited election has finally come to an end and the Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya declared Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka.
What happens next?
The new president shall take oaths as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka tomorrow at the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and soon, amendments and procedures shall follow. While this remains as steps to establishing a new administration, whether it is a path to rebuilding the country and restoring peace and unity or not is a question mark.
For those who have voted, campaigned and is celebrating or mourning over the final results, here are few facts you must ponder over as you take a break and come back to reality.
• Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth
Is the Sri Lankan government really of the people, by the people and for the people?
Although we choose a leader to guide our country, the current political system does not seem to work according to this theory of Abraham Lincoln.
We vote to support the person we from the bottom of our hearts believe would do good for us, for the country and the well-being of the society. But, our votes seem to only bring forward someone who enjoys the comforts of political power, creates internal disputes among the politicians finally paving way for the interference of the foreign nation.
While the respected candidate makes weak promises on stages, we sit here on our seats of loans, taxes, debts, and corruption still falsely believing that ‘good governance’ shall bloom like wishing for roses in infertile lands.
Where then is our government made by us, for us?
As you ponder on this, remember this great saying of Hon. Dudley Senanayake;
” As there cannot be freedom without economic well-being, there cannot be real freedom without individual and political freedom as well.”
• United we stand, divided we fall
We may be divided as people of various political views. That restricts to our individuality and right to vote as a citizen of Sri Lanka.
As the elections have now ended and the country already looks divided according to the choice of candidates by the people and the doings of certain media like their unethical journalism business by highlighting the fact that the losing opposition candidate has the majority of Tamil and Muslim votes, this may erupt and boil the racial pots that are already in sparks.
As we are people who are not new to racial conflicts, we must understand that in the aftermath of such riots it is not anybody but we as children of one land that suffer!
We do not need racism that could destroy our Mother Lanka.
Remember on such moments this great saying of Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar,
“People who live in Sri Lanka are first and foremost Sri Lankans, then we have our own race and religion which is something given to us at birth.”
• Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts
Do not forget the misery of every horrific incident that caused black days in our country from the past. Do not forget the lives lost in the Easter terror attacks of 4/21. Do not forget that there are countless conspiracies yet unsolved. Do not forget the tears you shed in prayers, the frustration to destroy traitors. Do not forget that the peace and freedom of our country are not in the hands of the political leaders alone but in our hands!
Last but not least, it is compulsory to learn to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery and free our minds to think and create our own opinions.
Sometimes we may not fit into the majority’s thinking but if our own eyes and heart stand for something good, it should be a sin to tame it with other’s opinions.
“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking…”
― Leo Tolstoy
Quotes courtesy: @natreeproject (Instagram) and Goodreads.