6th June 2014

Thirteenth Amendment In Driblets Or Plus Or Beyond

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By S. Sivathasan – Minds in Turmoil “The genius and the mortal instruments Are then in council, and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection”. – Shakespeare in Julius Caesar There cannot be a more apt depiction of the state of mind of Sri Lankans, of the two major ethnicities. A change of government in India taking the form of a resounding victory for BJP and a devastating rout of Congress was known for certain for some months up to May 16. The prospect had inspired hope among Indians and Tamils of Sri Lanka. Anxieties had gripped a major section of the Sri Lankan population ahead of May and more so since the results. Brave talk notwithstanding, whistling in the […]

Change of government in India Blow to TNA’s aspirations

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With Barathiya Janatha Party (BJP) returning to office in India, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) seems to be distraught somewhat. The TNA relies heavily on India to prevail upon the government of Sri Lanka to evolve a political solution acceptable to them. The party, under the leadership of MP R. Sampanthan engaged with the previous government of India led by Dr. Manmohan Singh, in this respect. However, the TNA has to make such engagements under a new government now in that country.True, the TNA leaders know of BJP leaders. But, they need to develop fresh contacts with the new government and engage with them more, to muster their fullest possible support for constitutional changes in Sri Lanka by way of a devolution package. It is […]

On Collision Course With India?

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By Izeth Hussain – Our Government could be entering into a collision course with India over the ethnic problem. This is a possibility, indeed a probability, but not a certainty, which is why I have placed a question mark in the title of this article. Before dealing with that question I must make some clarifications arising out of my article “BJP and the SL Ethnic Problem“. In that article I argued that we must begin our relations with the BJP Government on the assumption that the fundamentals of Indian policy towards Sri Lanka remain unchanged: Sri Lanka by itself can pose no threat to India, but it could if it gangs up with certain powers against India, and except for that eventuality nothing precludes excellent Indo-Sri Lankan […]

13A not the final solution – TNA

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan  The 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not the final solution to the Tamil problem, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary, Mavai Senathirajah, told Ceylon Today.  Responding to the government rejecting devolving police powers to the Provinces, the MP said yesterday, “The Government of Sri Lanka has assured the Indian Government several times that it will implement the 13th Amendment in full and make devolution meaningful.  “The 13th Amendment came up after the Indo-Lanka Accord and its implementation should be decided by them,” he said.“We have handed over a proposal setting out the framework to the government on 18 March 2011 and the 13th Amendment does not fully reflect our stance,” he said.He said, “Ask India what to do about the government’s rejection.”  The MP […]

Get rid of 13th Amendment – Asgiriya Chapter

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody  The government should do away with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, without succumbing to the pressures exerted by India, the Asgiriya Chapter said yesterday.  Committee Member of the Asgiriya Chapter, Medagama Dhammananda Thera, calling the 13th Amendment the root cause of the country’s… … international bedlam, said initiatives should be taken to prepare a draft Constitution to be presented to Parliament, whilst simultaneously opening it up for public debate.  “The 13th Amendment has not been able to achieve national unity. It has instead precipitated international pressure, particularly from India, through force applied by South India. It has also given birth to the money guzzling Provincial Council system and caused disharmony among the different ethnic communities. We must, as a country, remain independent. We […]

Sri Lanka Panel Receives over 18,000 Complaints of Missing People

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Colombo:  A Sri Lankan panel probing the disappearance of people during the country’s nearly three-decade long civil strife has received nearly 18,600 complaints from the public, a senior official has said.The presidential panel has so far held three sittings in January, February and March this year in Killinochchi, Jaffna in the north and Batticaloa in the east.The fourth round of public sittings is to be held in the Batticaloa district this week.So far 18,590 complaints have been received, inclusive of approximately 5,000 from relatives of missing security forces personnel, panel secretary SW Gunadasa said.The commission had thus far inquired into 462 complaints, which are being analysed for further investigations through an independent investigation team.The commission’s mandate was extended in February this year. They would now function until […]