No goal posts for Chinthana MDGs

Long after the Sri Lanka delegation left the UN last week, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s thoughts and philosophical sayings are bouncing off the corridors of the world body.

The reason: parliamentarian AHM Azwer, who arrived with the UN delegation for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit, was seen distributing dozens of copies of the 103-page Mahinda Chinthana to delegates in the cavernous General Assembly hall.

Moving from one delegation to another, Mr. Azwer was seen personally handing over copies of the book to several "friendly" delegates,including those from Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Sudan and Bangladesh, plugging the line that Mahinda Chintana was the Sri Lanka version of the UN Millennium Development Goals which were aimed at eradicating poverty, hunger and gender discrimination.

After all, he was heard telling one delegate, the UN's MDGs are "the vision for the future". So is the Mahinda Chintana. But the MDGs have a 2015 target, a wag quipped.

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