Sri Lanka has chance to go forward in harmony: PM

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has a chance to go forward with all communities living in harmony, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said in an Independence Day message.

Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule in February 04, 1948 following a peaceful struggle led by the island’s first Prime Minister D S Senanayake for independence as the British Empire was dismantled.

Prime Minister Wickramasinghe said main weapon he used was the unity and brotherhood among the communities that lived in harmony in the country.

"Once we gained independence, the challenge that we had to face was to safeguard that unity and March toward development of the country," he said in a statement.

"However, it was unfortunate that we could not achieve that goal successfully. We have now, once again arrived at a period, during which we could realize that objective.

"Groups that represent diverse communities, following different religions, political parties, civil organizations and various groups came together onto one platform, shedding their differences to achieve a common objective for the benefit of the nation."

Wickramasinghe said his intention was to emulate the Lichchavi king, whereby people would meet peacefully, discuss issues peacefully and disperse peacefully, in order to ensure good governance and build a united and prosperous nation.

Lichachavi’s were believed to have ruled present day India’s Bihar region or Nepal.

Political philosophers have pointed out that most of the successful monarchs and emperors were not nationalist and many talked a different language from those that they ruled.

Emperors in particular ruled over a diverse groups of people speaking different languages and following different religions.

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Nationalism became popular in Europe in the mid 19th century with the breakdown of the feudal order and it flourished especially in Eastern Europe as an easy but destructive way of gaining vote.

Germany, Italy and Spain were among the first linguistic nation-states.

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