My Wish for 2016: For an Open Society engaged with the world!

Here are my wishes for 2016, shared on Facebook and Twitter as home-made web memes.

I wish for a truly OPEN SOCIETY in ‪Sri Lanka in 2016
where good ideas flow freely,
public debate is informed, wide-ranging and courteous
and there are no Sacred Cows!

Let’s make it so! The power is with each and every one of us.

And here is the Sinhala language version:

හරබර අදහස් නිදහසේ ගලා යන,
පුළුල් හා ආචාරශීලී සංවාද නිරතුරු සිදුවන
අධිපතිවාදයන් හා හණමිටි ආකල්ප පිටු දකින
විවෘත ලක් සමාජයක් 2016 බිහි කරමු!

Nalaka Gunawardene's New Year Wish for 2016

Nalaka Gunawardene’s New Year Wish for 2016

 

On New Year’s eve, I shared this timeless quote of Mahatma Gandhi, which I felt was relevant for raging debates in Sri Lanka on what constitutes ‘our culture’ and how best to preserve it.

Mahatma Gandhi on the value of open, inclusive and multicultural societies

Mahatma Gandhi on the value of open, inclusive and multicultural societies

 

And here is how I rendered it into Sinhala language:

මගේ නිවස වටා සැම අතින් පවුරු බැඳ,

එහි කවුළු සියල්ල වසා දමන්නට මා කොහෙත්ම කැමති නැහැ.

ලොව නොයෙකුත් සංස්කෘතීන්ගේ ආභාෂ ප්රවාහයන්

මනිවසේ නිදහසේ සංසරණය වීම මට අවශ්යයි.

එහෙත් කිසිවකින් මා පෙරළා දමන්නට නම් මා ඉඩ දෙන්නේ නැහැ.

Mahatma Gandhi on the value of open, inclusive and multicultural societies - translated by Nalaka Gunawardene

Mahatma Gandhi on the value of open, inclusive and multicultural societies – translated by Nalaka Gunawardene

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