New year symbolising national unity-MR

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Sinhala and Tamil New Year message said that this is a time when the Sinhala and Tamil people conduct traditional New Year observances at the same auspicious times, symbolising national unity and reconciliation.

“I wish the people of Sri Lanka a happy and prosperous new year. The New Year is an annual celebration of North-South unity which could not be shattered even by the gunfire and bombs of terrorists.

The New Year is celebrated with hopes of prosperity and well-being in the coming year. This is a time when we should be mindful about agriculture and food security. We must not forget the agrarian roots of this festival which is all about food production, self-sufficiency and a vibrant domestic agriculture. It is the duty of adults to pass on our new year observances and practices to the younger generation to ensure that our traditions survive.

We must be thankful for being able to celebrate the New Year in a country that is now free of war. By the Sinhala and Tamil New Year of 2009, the war against terrorism had entered its final and decisive phase. As we express our gratitude to Mother Nature for her bounty during the New Year festival, I believe we should at the same time remember the war heroes who brought peace to this country.

I wish you a happy and prosperous new year!"

  Comments - 32

  • konny Thursday, 14 April 2016 04:47 AM

    The only country where a regular MPs message gets published before the President's address....

    Gamunu Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:16 AM

    One has lose power to remember the unity of Sri Lanka.Happy newv year to you, if you stay at Carlton without interfering in SL govt business.

    Mangala Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:51 AM

    It not a weakness, it is a strength. The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs.

    Leo Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:40 AM

    You really need to thank mother Lanka for the bounty you and each family member gained. via DM Android App

    Book-licking Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:44 AM

    Not only the Govt - how about the Media. - Did the Media act the same way when other former presidents were sent home ? Scared are they ?

    Face Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:45 AM

    HIS face tells the whole story.

    annoyee Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:13 AM

    Good messgae from MR. Would have been better if 'war' is not reminded.

    acn Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:14 AM

    Thanks to his "success" the Chinese will get hambantota and mattala.

    Porthugese fellows Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:36 AM

    Where is Chandrika madam. ....Making kukul mas to MR

    TONY Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:22 AM

    WILL YOU SUPPORT MS/RW WITHOUT CLAMORING FOR JT OPPOSITION TO PROVE NATIONAL UNITY????

    Jeff Friday, 15 April 2016 06:45 PM

    MR, you are the one ruined the national reconciliation. Please, please, please ..........leave the Srilankan to live peacefully. E joy your retired life. Your political career is over.

    TONY Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:24 AM

    MR IS VISITING TEMPLES TO HOLD HIS MEDIA CONFERENCES. WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT HE GOT THE TEMPLE TO COME TO HIS FEET

    Cheers Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:54 AM

    Great message by a successful head of state country have ever produced

    Mangala Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:54 AM

    There is no doubt you paved the way for us be free of war. But you did not do anything about the economic war and we now face the consequences. Anyway something is better than nothing, when we think of CK's time.

    sam Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:06 AM

    Could we really move without fear? What about all the disappearances?

    Jesus Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:16 AM

    From this year your show game is over MR

    Native Vedda Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:08 PM

    sara"It is a good message from the former President who reminds about the gundfire, bombs that killed somany people in the north and the rest of the country. "Is he thanking the Hindians for bringing the war to an end?

    jeers Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:33 AM

    He's not coming back!! Truly a great future!!

    Mithun Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:05 AM

    Happy New Year MR. True you have ended the war but you have totally failed to unite the Country thereafter by consider only on your political future. But MS and RW are achieved this task in short period of time.

    Nalin Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:28 AM

    Your are the greatest leader we have ever produced sir. Because of your leadership and brave war heroes all Sri Lankans can freely move without any fear of terrorist attacks and we breath freely due to your great determination to eliminate terrorism.

    Bala Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:58 PM

    But your other statements and actions are hindering reconciliation by emphasis on the differences and reference to LTTE resurgence.

    Dee Wednesday, 13 April 2016 01:08 PM

    'Joint' Unity more like it.

    amir Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:34 PM

    Mahinda always promote his popularity by using the word war. His meesage would have been good had he not used the word war. During his Presidency and after wining the war he failed to reconcile. Had he done that he would have been a great President. Instead of doing that he went on harassing the minority. He will pay for his sins.

    sara Wednesday, 13 April 2016 04:37 PM

    It is a good message from the former President who reminds about the gundfire, bombs that killed somany people in the north and the rest of the country.

    Desire Friday, 15 April 2016 03:57 AM

    Sir, your mere words are not enough. You have to put it in practice. PROSPERITY and CORRUPTION are two mutually exclusive words. When one happens, the other will not happen.

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 13 April 2016 05:09 PM

    Sri Lanka is the only country in the world where a deposed former President who is currently an ordinary politician is given all the prominence and dictates terms to the ruling party. This shows how weak the current government is.

    Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 13 April 2016 07:09 PM

    He did not promote national unity during his regime and continues to do so!!!!

    Kamal Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:18 PM

    happy new year MR what ever said and done by you we still have tons of respect to you. long health to you. God bless via DM Android App

    lalith de silva Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:33 PM

    MR must stop the game he plays at temples.. then he will be respected more being a leader who got this country free of terrorist

    Lal Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:51 PM

    Cheers don't be delusional MR is biggest threat to unity and reconciliation

    VT Friday, 15 April 2016 12:53 PM

    Dear Sir , We respect you for ending the war. But its time that you stop playing this baila all the time.

    idroos2002 Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:27 AM

    He saved the terrorism drowing country on condiiton of later abusing it according to his wishes. I people its better if we have drowned rather than being shamed and abused.


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