President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his dedication to advancing the notion of ‘Ceylonese’ towards a ‘Sri Lankan identity,’ originally championed by Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam in the pursuit of a liberated nation. The President underscored the objective to address all war-related issues by the year 2025, aiming to fortify the initiative.
During the 100th death anniversary ceremony of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam on Tuesday (9), President Wickremesinghe conveyed these sentiments. The event took place at Sir Arunachalam’s statue at the Presidential Secretariat premises. Subsequent to laying floral tributes, the President engaged in a cordial discussion with the family members of Sir Arunachalam.
Reflecting on Sir Arunachalam’s vision of a unified Sri Lankan identity transcending ethnicities, President Wickremesinghe highlighted the historical efforts of D. S. Senanayake in promoting national development through the unity of all races and religious communities.
Emphasizing the significance of collective participation in the Government’s initiative to revive the Sri Lankan economy, President asserted that it is the highest tribute to Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam.
Former Minister D. M. Swaminathan and the family members of Sir Arunachalam were present.
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