The need for SL to use the achievements of civilization was emphasized – The Island
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The need for SL to use the achievements of civilization was emphasized – The Island

Sri Lanka should benefit from a renewed interest in the achievements of civilisation and the diversity of civilisations, said MP Gevindu Cumaratunga.

Dissident, SLPP party member and key member of the newly formed party Sarvajana Balaya He said this while emphasizing the crucial importance of unanimously adopting the resolution recently proposed by China to establish the International Day of Dialogue among Civilizations at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Declaring that Sri Lanka is at a crossroads and needs to re-examine the country’s rich past, the Cumaratunga MP said far-reaching changes are taking place at the global level. Entering parliament for the first time, he discussed the challenges Sri Lanka faces, given the Chinese proposal made at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.

Addressing the Imperial Monarch’s gathering at Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte recently, during the presentation of the first draft Sarvajana Balaya a strategic plan for public debate aimed at promoting a happy nation and an entrepreneurial state; MP Cumaratunga pointed out how the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991 affected the dialogue on civilisations.

MP Cumaratunga referred to Sri Lanka’s civilisation and entrepreneurship in the present context, while comparing the Chinese and Western approaches to the issue at hand.

The legislator compared the assessment of the collapse of the Soviet Union made by American political scientist Francis Yoshihiro Fukuyama in his widely read work “The End of History and the Last Manand a later warning issued by American strategist Samuel P. Huntington inThe clash of civilizations and the reconstruction of the world order‘ questioned Fukuyama’s declaration of the triumph of the liberal movement.

Huntington rightly stressed that the United States should not give up on its military preparations at the global level, because despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, new challenges are emerging, said MP Cumaratunga.

The Cumaratunga MP recalled the role played by Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera, the late Prof. Nalin de Silva, as well as Dr. Ranga Wickramasinghe, the youngest son of the pioneering Sinhala writer Martin Wickramasinghe and several others, including researchers from the University of Colombo and Divaina in influencing dialogue with particular emphasis on civilization/Jathika Chinthanaya.

Referring to the intervention of Dr. Gunadas Amarasekera who started the “Sabhyathwa Rajyak Kara(Towards a Civilisational State) in 2016, MP Cumaratunga discussed howAragala Sri Lanka could benefit from creating a true entrepreneurial state

MP Cumaratunga looked at the problem of a true entrepreneurial state, while also referring to the key role of the state and society in promoting long-term economic growth based on innovation, as discussed by author Mariana Mazzucato in her book “The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking the Myths about the Public and Private Sectors”, published in almost two dozen countries.

The MP stressed that those who want to achieve American success should do what the United States failed to do and not follow their advice. MP Cumaratunga gave several examples of how in ancient times the Sinhalese kings used everything available for the good of the country. The MP said the country should be rebuilt on the basis that not a single drop of rain should be wasted and the government should make the necessary intervention to stimulate economic recovery.