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Rowley: Day of starting afresh
Divali will jolt us into truly seeing where society has found itself and where citizens are heading, says Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley. His comment formed part of his Divali message to the nation yesterday. Saying Divali was celebrated as the triumph of good over evil, of righteousness over deceitfulness, of truth over falsehood and indeed of light over darkness, Rowley urged citizens to recommit themselves to the morals and values intrinsic to the festival of lights.
He added: “At this point in our nation’s history when we are struggling to overcome the collapse of traditional morals and values and are being encouraged to accept evil as good and wrongdoing as normal, we must recognise the serious consequences of this devastating shift. “Our nation cannot afford to foster this mind-set as it is a clear and present danger to our development and indeed our very survival."
Saying Divali was a day of "starting afresh,” Rowley said as such, it was his hope that the meaning of Divali would urge citizens to recognise the inner light that was present in all of us. “This inner light should guide us during our demanding journey through life and foster discernment of right from wrong. “If we all commit to the ideals of Divali, our lives, homes, neighbourhoods and country would inevitably improve, develop and prosper.”
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