අප අපගේ 72 වන නිදහස් දිනය සමරන්නේ අපගේ නිදහසට අභියෝගයක් එල්ලවන මොහොතකය. අප කලක් යටත් විජිතයක් බවට පත්ව සිටි අතර ඒමඟින් අපගේ ජාතික වටිනාකම් විනාශ කොට පස් සියවසක් පුරා අපගේ ඉතිහාසය විසන්ධි කර දමන්නට විය.
අපගේ මුතුන් මිත්තන් සිය අරගල මඟින් යටත්විජිතවාදයෙහි වියගස මුලින් උපුටා දමා සෘජු යටත් විජිත පාලනයෙන් අප ගලවා ගත් නමුදු යටත් විජිතවාදීන් විසින් අප තුළ රෝපණය කරන ලද දේශපාලනික බෙදුම්වාදය සහ තනි කණ්ඩායම් ප්රජාවන් ලෙස සිතීම ආදී සංකල්පයන්හි අවශේෂ අදටත් අප තුළ පවතී.
අප රටෙහි වන විවිධ ජාතීන් එකම ජාතියක් ලෙසින් එකිනෙකා වැලඳගනිමින් සමාජීය සහ දේශපාලනික බෙදීම් අතහැර දමන තාක් කල් අපගේ නිදහස් අරගලය නිම නොවේ.
1948 නිදහස ලැබීමත් සමඟ රට තුළ ජනතාව අතර අභ්යන්තර ගැටුම් උද්ගත විය. සමාජීය දේශපාලනික සහ ආර්ථිකමය වශයෙන් සිදුවුණු පසුබෑම හේතුවෙන් පුරවැසියන් රට අතහැර යාම බුද්ධි ගලනයට හේතු විය.
පසුගිය රජයට දොස් පැවරීම විනා රටේ පවතින ගැටලු හමුවේ නිසි ප්රතිචාරයක් දැක්වීමට ජාතික නායක්වය අපොහොසත් වීම හේතුවෙන් පසුගාමීත්වය තවත් තීව්ර විය. අද අපගේ ස්වාධීනත්වයට අභියෝගයක් වී ඇත්තේ සමාජීය, දේශපාලනික සහ ආර්ථිකමය කඩාවැටීම හා සමගාමී ව ප්රාග්ධන පලදායිතාවය අඩුවීම හේතුවෙන් ණය බර ඉහළ යාමයි.
Building the future by learning lessons from the past.
We are celebrating our 72nd Independence Day at a challenging time to our independence. We were once a colonised nation that destroyed our national fabric and disconnected us with our past by five centuries. Our forefathers’ struggle to throw the yoke of colonialism though gave us the freedom from direct colonial control but the residual values, ethos and mind-set that the colonialists implanted in us to think as individual groups and communities by way of divide and rule politics still persists in us.
Our independence struggle is not over yet, until our divisiveness in thoughts, society and politics is remoulded to think as one people embracing diversity and pluralism forming one nation.
Ever since, we got independence in 1948, we were bestraddled with internal conflicts within our people. Our economy, politics and society has descended to the lowest ebb making our citizens to leave our country causing brain drain. Our national leadership failed to respond appropriately and instead exacerbated the downfall by blaming the previous governments whilst failing to do the right thing.
Today, our independence is challenged by failing economy, society and politics and spiralling foreign debt compounded by lower per capita productivity. This is capitulating our freedom to regional or global powers that dictate us how we live.
True independence is a by product of freedom, security, territorial integrity, internal cohesiveness, productivity and peace which we lack. This is further challenged by internal threat of social polarization, racism and mis-management. We are threatened externally by the challenges of geopolitics, globalization and climate change. These challenges demand concerted actions by all citizens and the state to make us truly independent.
We salute our military and police for protecting the territorial integrity and maintaining internal security and peace. Their hard-earned contribution to protect the country should be complemented by the citizens and the state by building more trust and understanding between people and responsible governance by the state.
The National Shoora Council stands shoulder to shoulder with our country men and women to continue our struggle to build a peaceful, independent Sri Lanka.
We congratulate our countrymen and women, the armed forces and the governments for standing firm for our independence. On this 72nd Independence Day, we urge the citizens and the state to make a resolve to desist from blaming the past but to make a resolve to build our future embracing each other without discrimination as one people marching together seeking freedom from what threatens us as a nation.
National Shoora Council (NSC) successfully conducted a symposium on Guidelines for Presenting Islam in Sri Lanka.
The symposium aimed at bringing all Muslim organizations together that are actively involved in sociocultural development in Sri Lanka, to create a common guidelines in presenting Islamic teachings among Muslims, was held on 9th January 2020 at the Conference Hall of Association of Muslim Youth of Sailan(AMYS). More than 60 participants represented 25 organizations, discussed the matters pertaining to community services and Da’wa activities in the present context.
This symposium was an initiative of NSCs subcommittee on Da’wa (presenting the teachings of Islam).
The subcommittee carried out its activities during past three months; gathered intellectual opinion, sought advice from academics and heads of various organizations, inclusive of different schools of thoughts.
The symposium focussed on presenting the synthesis with the recommendations and way forward on the subject—Presenting Islam in Sri Lanka. The symposium was concluded with a resolution.
- Ancestries and all previous efforts were done to present and protect Islamic teachings in Sri Lanka, are all highly respectable,
- A collective approach to plan and act towards national welfare with respect to emotions, different cultures and faiths,
- A consensus on common guidelines among different Da’wa activities, in order to present Islam in Sri Lanka with mutual respect and solidarity between different schools of thoughts.
were among the key points of the resolution declared at the end of the symposium.
Participants unanimously agreed the need to promote peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance in our beloved motherland, and protect the future generations from being misguided by extreme or radical elements that are alien to our religious and cultural values upheld for more than 100 decades ever since Islam was introduced in the region.
A contemplated discussion was carried out by 5 groups about way forward. An action committee was formed at the end of the symposium to undertake the task in order to finalize the outcome and publish the guidelines.
NSC is an umbrella organization consisting national level 18 member organizations, was established in 2013 and acts as a think tank. NSC, while trying to strengthen the Muslim community through participatory consultation, development of master plans and strategies for community. It also partners with organization of other faiths and government institutions to support Nation Building.
NSC recently, after series of consultations, presented a set of suggestions to all the presidential candidates who contested in the 2019 Presidential Election. NSC has undertaken various similar brainstorming sessions to develop guidelines for the common interest of the community.
1.Strengthening the Rule of Law
A blueprint for effective and systematic re-establishment of rule of law in all departments of life in the country is the priority. Show mechanism how restoration will be implemented.
(a) Do away with the culture of impunity
(b) Deal effectively with hate speech using the existing laws
2.Dealing with the Economic Crisis
(a) Debt Trap
(b)Gradual devaluation of the Rupee
(c) Sluggish economic growth.
(d)Modernize the Agricultural sector, fishing, dairy industry and cattle breeding in order to reach self-sufficiency as well as export markets.
(e) Stop sending Housemaids abroad, rather find ways to empower them locally.
(f) Ensure sending of skilled labour force abroad.
(g)Focus on renewable energy.
3. Preservation of the Environment.
(a) Dealing with the human-elephant conflict.
(b)Protecting all fauna & flora that are threatened.
(c) Designate ‘greenfields’ which are not to be built up for development activities and ‘brownfields’ which are already polluted and used for development activities currently be used for high density concentrated development
(d)Grappling with Global Warming and all challenges arising out of it, such as climate change etc. And curtailing all unsustainable development practices that contribute to climate change.
(e) The vexed problem of Solid Waste Management and Regional Garbage Disposal.
(f) Increase sustainable and renewable energy use and depart from fossil fuel use.
(g) Increase afforestation by protecting ‘greenfields’
(h)Stop illegal Gem prospecting & Sand mining.
4.Land problems of the different communities.
(a) Land problems of the Muslims in the Eastern & Northern Provinces must be solved in a manner different to that of similarly placed Muslims in other provinces.
5. Preservation and Development of the Culture of the different ethnic communities.
(a) The allocation of resources for these purposes must be done in an equitable manner.
6.Making Meritocracy the main criterion for all appointments and putting an end to Bribery, Corruption& Nepotism.
(a) The functions of the Constitutional Council and Independent Commissions must be made more independent and efficient by increasing civil society representation and reducing political representation in it.
(b) People’s representatives must have minimum educational qualifications and be of untainted character.
(c) Make Merit the main criterion for filling posts of heads of State Corporations, Statutory Boards and Embassies and stop the practice of filling these with cronies.
(d) Give equal opportunities to all citizens to develop in the fields of education, business, employment etc. and put an end to all forms of discrimination.
7. Reparations to those affected by violence.
(a) All those affected by violence of whatever form, natural disasters, man-made disasters and government inaction must be duly compensated in a just and equitable manner irrespective of race, religion or station in life.
8. Containing the influence and interference of Foreign Powers.
(a) Minimizing the adverse effects caused by the implementation of International Agreements signed so far and being extremely vigilant and circumspect when entering into new Agreements.
(b)To safeguard and protect the sovereignty of the nation in the face of arm-twisting tactics adopted by the Foreign Powers.
(c) Ensure protection to national security and national integrity are maintained strictly whilst soliciting support from friendly nations in the fight against drugs, narcotics and terrorism from being abused for geopolitical gains.
9. Revamping of the entire Education Sector.
(a) A school for Muslim boys in Kandy and Colombo South is a long-felt need.
(b) Teaching of Sinhala Language in all Muslim Schools to be developed.
10.Revamping the Health Sector.
11.Increasing the efficiency and productivity of the Public Service.
12.Increase the Internet capacity to help efficient e-governance and e-commerce as a strategy to increase efficiency and transparency.
13.Improving the Law & Order situation to ensure the smooth functioning of the day to day activities of all citizens.
(a) Stop Wildcat and politically motivated Strikes.
(b)Prevent ‘Shadow Powers’ from destabilizing the nation.
(c) Restore public confidence in the Police and other arms of the law, such as the Excise Service, Customs etc. Political interference in all these activities must be stopped. Enhance Community policing by recruiting police officers from the locality.
14.Accountability of Candidates and Political Parties contesting this election.
(a) A Parliamentary Oversight Committee must be established to monitor and oversee the progress made on election promises.
(b) Enact legislation to prevent cross-over in Local GovernmentBodies, Provincial Councils and Parliament.
(c) Enact legislation to enable elected representatives to be recalled on being proved corrupt and /or inefficient.
15.Ensure early Resettlement of Displaced Persons in the North.
a. Settlement of long pending issues related to land declared as forest reservations by gazette notifications and land encroached by unauthorized persons.
b. Provide infrastructure facilities to them.
c. Lands of Muslims forcibly taken by the LTTE which were subsequently liberated by the government to be returned to rightful Muslim owners.
d. Establish a President Task Force to complete North and East resettlement within a time-frame of two (2) years.This will also provide the necessary infrastructure and pay compensation to the affected.
16.Amend the Local Authorities Election Law to:
a. Change the system of electing members.
b. Reduce the number of members in the respective bodies.
17. Amend or replace the Provincial Council Law to:
a. Enable the Provincial Council Elections to be held expeditiously.
b. Devise a just and equitable system of delimitation whereby the representation of minorities in these councils will not be reduced.
தேசிய ஷூரா சபையின் சகவாழ்வுக்கான உபகுழுவால் 19.20.2019 அண்று கண்டியில் மூன்று நிகழ்வுகள் ஒழுங்கு செய்யப்பட்டிருந்தன.
1. கண்டி Regain Peace Sri Lanka (RPSL) எனும் அமைப்புடன் இணைந்து கண்டி YMMA கட்டடத்தில் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டிருந்த நிகழ்வில் பேராசிரியர் சித்தீக், பேராசிரியர் அஸ்லம், கலாநிதி நவ்பல் உள்பட கண்டிப் பிரதேச சமாதான ஆர்வலர்கள் சிலரும் கலந்துகொண்டனர். சகவாழ்வைக் கட்டியெழுப்பும் பாதையில் பல அனுபவங்கள் பரிமாறப்பட்டன.
2. மற்றைய நிகழ்வு கண்டி மாவட்ட சர்வமத செயற்குழுவுடன் இணைந்து ஒழுங்கு செய்யப்பட்டிருந்தது. சமாதான சகவாழ்வுக்காக பல்லின புத்திஜீவிகளால் ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டு காத்திரமான துணிச்சலான முயற்சிகளில் இவ்வமைப்பு ஈடுபட்டு வருகிறது. பெரும்பான்மை சமூகத்தில் நீதி நியாயத்துக்காக, மனிதாபிமானத்துக்காக பாடுபடும் மனிதர்கள் இருக்கிறார்கள் என்பதை அவர்களுடனான கலந்துரையாடல் உணர்த்தியது. திகனை கலவரம் பற்றி அவர்கள் தயாரித்த விரிவான அறிக்கை, கட்டுகஸ்தோட்டை புனித அந்தோனியார் கல்லூரியில் கற்பிக்கும் முஸ்லிம் ஆசிரியைகளுக்கு இழைக்கப்பட்ட அநீதிக்கெதிரான அவர்களது முயற்சிகள் பற்றியெல்லாம் அங்கு பேசப்பட்டது.
3. அடுத்ததாக பேராதனைப் பல்கலைக்கழக முஸ்லிம் மஜ்லிஸுடன் இணைந்து சகாவாழ்வு வழிகாட்டல் நிகழ்வொன்று கண்டி கட்டுக்கலை ஜுமுஆ பள்ளிவாயல் கேட்போர் கூடத்தில் இடம்பெற்றது. பேராதனைப் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் கல்வி பயிலும் முஸ்லிம் மாணவ மாணவிகளுக்காக ஒழுங்கு செய்யப்பட்டிருந்த இந்த நிகழ்வில் பல்கலைக்கழக சூழலில் ஐக்கியத்தையும் செளஜன்யத்தையும் சமாதான சகவாழ்வையும் பேண முஸ்லிம் மாணவர்கள் மேற்கொண்டுவரும் நடவடிக்கைகள் பற்றி மாணவர்கள் கருத்துக்களை தெரிவித்தனர்.இத்தகைய நடவடிக்கைகளை பன்முகப்படுத்தவும் விரிவுபடுத்தவும் மேற்கொண்டு எடுக்கப்பட வேண்டிய நடவடிக்கைகள் பற்றி தேசிய ஷூரா சபை விளக்கங்களை வழங்கியது.
மேற்படி மூன்று நிகழ்வுகளிலும் தேசிய ஷூரா சபையின் உபதலைவர் அஷ்ஷெய்க் பழீல், பொருளாளர் அஷ்ஷெய்க் ஸியாத் சமாதான சகவாழ்வின் உபகுழுவுக்குப் பொறுப்பான டாக்டர் ஸைபுல் இஸ்லாம், நிறைவேற்று குழு உறுப்பினரும் கொழும்பு பெரிய பள்ளி பிரதம இமாம் மெளலவி தஸ்லீம் ஆகியோருடன் சமாதான சகவாழ்வுக்கான உபகுழுவின் வளவாளர்கள் ஷுரா சபை செயலக அதிகாரிகள் ஆகியோரும் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.
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