Time to Follow Suit
The latest move by the Sri Lankan government to remove suit and tie from the official dress code of top bureaucrats and civil servants is a welcome step. As rightly said by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena, we must wear clothing that is comfortable and is adaptable to local weather conditions and rapidly-occurring climate changes. In fact, all South Asian countries have their own national dresses. However, the professional attire or business dress in these countries mostly consists of a suit and tie, which does not suit the tropical weather of these countries and is also a symbol of British colonial slavery. I appeal to the rest of the countries in South Asia to follow suit and adopt their national costumes as an official dress to be worn by all government employees and bureaucrats, irrespective of their grades and ranks. Thanks to Sri Lanka for setting the example.