Glimpse of History
from ANCL Archives:
Eternal monuments of pride
As Sri Lanka celebrates its 59th anniversary of Independence from the
British Raj, the time is ripe for each and every Sri Lankan to take
stock of the achievements, fruits and figs of independence.
When the British granted independence to Sri Lanka, they left Sri
Lanka with an impressive system of education together with a highly
skillful bureaucracy, teachers and an academic community which was in
par with their counterparts in any part of the world.
Although golden beaches, ruined cities of Anuradhapura and
Polonnaruwa some of the world heritage sites, and the spell-binding
scenic beauty of the hill country entice thousands of tourists to the
country, Sri Lanka has not exploited it's potentials as a hot-tourist
destination for high spending tourists.
Sri Lanka's would-be economic growth has been hampered by a
protracted conflict in the North and East which has a spill over effect
on almost every aspect of life, rendering thousands of civillian
refugees and claiming the lives of many others.
It has still remained as the major stumbling block in the road to
The ever increasing cost of living, the gulf between the haves and
have-nots, rural urban disparity, higher unemployment rate, especially
in the villages scattered over the country, dependence of economy on
primary goods and remittance from the large number of expatriate
workers, are some of the challenges that the nation confronts when it
steps onto the new year.