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Dare to Dream
December 15, 2009

Today I am launching my dream – in an updated work called Dare to Dream. It is being launched on an interactive platform – a blog created for you, the Sri Lankan citizen, to speak up, share and participate.

Through this, I discuss with you things that matter to all of us as citizens of Sri Lanka and the world – What’s gone wrong – very wrong with our country in recent times which we need to get together and put right before we plunge into a dictatorship and life becomes untenable for all of us.

Fortunately there’s new hope for change – for defeating the corrupt, suppressive and regressive family rule, restoring the many rights and freedoms we have lost and rebuilding our nation as a progressive democracy that will meet the aspirations of our people and let them participate to their fullest capabilities at home and in the world community.

There are many issues that we need to focus on from Winning the Peace to Democratic Governance, Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, Law & Order, International Relations, Corruption and the Economy & Cost of Living and act immediately to rectify the deterioration that has taken place over the last few years. There are other important issues including Education, Healthcare, Environment & Sustainability and those relating to Women, Children and Youth which need your activism and ideas.

It is my firm belief that citizens can no longer leave such tasks and the political change that’s needed to achieve these to politicians. The issues are frighteningly critical and the stakes are high for the future well being of Sri Lanka and all its citizens. Citizens must actively consider and discuss these issues within their families, peer groups and communities and must decide to actively participate in regaining a better life for themselves and their children.

I have sought to outline a Vision for Change in all these areas – something that spells out what we should aspire towards – and have included some solutions and ideas for remedy and progress. These are found in an interactive section titled Restore, Revive, Rebuild. This is essentially a Work-in-Progress and I want you to share your own thoughts, comments, and ideas on each of these areas so that we may come up with a programme that is built from the ground up.

The opportunity to right the wrongs and rebuild our lives and land will arrive soon with the conclusion of the Presidential Election and General Election that will follow. So let us not keep our minds suppressed and voices silent. Rekindle active discussion, share your thoughts and mobilize your family, colleagues and friends and ask them to share their views on this platform which I have created for you and all citizens of Sri Lanka. Come interact and participate to restore, revive and rebuild.


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