Event Invitation: Dilemmas Of Diversity, Postwar Identity And Nation Building
(2nd in Discussion series on Constitutional Reform organized by The Liberal Party)
Tuesday, February 5th at 6.30 pm
All are welcome
Given the recent surge of extremist ethno-religious discourse in various quarters, and aggressive anti-Muslim propaganda in particular, the prospects of a sustainable peace and a united Sri Lanka seem in jeopardy. The discussion will examine what lessons we have learned and should have learned from a thirty years war and the exploitation of passions on all sides that precipitated this. It will consider how we might arrive at sense of Sri Lankan nationhood, while considering what it means to be a Sri Lankan citizen possessed of inalienable freedoms and equality of rights? The discussion will range beyond constitutional reform to look at institutional and structural frameworks necessary to ensure democracy and pluralistic development.
Opening presentation by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka
The third discussion in the series will be on February 20th, on ‘Electoral Reform and the role of Parliamentarians’.