9th December 2014

Vaiko resigns over Lankan issue

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MDMK chief Vaiko today quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance after he hit out at two BJP leaders for criticising him over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Sri Lankan issue. “Being in NDA is untenable because of Modi’s policies,” India Today quoted the 70-year-old leader as saying in a statement. “The Modi government has not followed the steps of (former PM Atal Bihari) Vajpayee. There have been differences, so the MDMK has decided not to continue in the BJP-led National Democratic Allaince. Henceforth MDMK quits NDA,” the statement added. Vaiko, a known supporter of the LTTE, had criticised Modi for greeting Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the recently-concluded SAARC summit in Nepal. He had also blamed the Centre for the death […]

Gotabaya’s Militarism And His Intention Of Entering Politics

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – Enemies of the President’s Promise: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Grumpy 5 I also suggested, as happened in Pakistan, the establishment of ordinary schools by the military, or taking over the management of existing schools in areas where the military had a presence. This had been essential in Pakistan, where the public education system had been inadequate in rural areas where there were military cantonments. The army had therefore begun schools to cater to the children of military personnel, and these were then opened to the public too for a fee. Sri Lanka however, having had a good public education system, had not initially needed such establishments while, the country being small, military personnel had not generally had their families with them […]

During Mahinda’s rule, the nation had experienced unexplained murders, disappearances, accidental deaths of opponents…

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By Rajasingham Jayadevan – A very thoughtful analysis of Tisaranee Gunasekara: ‘Fake Tales For Elections’ rightly projects the paranoiac, selfish and phony mindset of Mahinda Rajapaksa in prolonging his autocratic governance. The analysis speaks of the degree of the treacherous and dishonest campaign of the Mahinda camp to subterfuge the very people it depends on to prolong the nation’s agony. Sri Lanka, under the autocratic family rule of Rajapaksa & Co., is an epitome of malevolence, unprecedented in the post independence political history of Sri Lanka. The present presidential style of governance was introduced by President J R Jayewardene in 1978 and it was part of his campaign to create a Dharmista (just) society. His much criticised and centralised constitution was the panacea given on […]

Dealing With The Tamil Concern Of Broken Promises

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By Jehan Perera – The political campaign for the presidential elections will begin in earnest after nominations close on December 8. With a close contest expected the ethnic minority vote can be decisive. However, the main Tamil and Muslim parties have yet to make formal decisions regarding which candidate they will support. They have said that they await the respective political programmes of the rival candidates before making their choice. Those parties that have been in the government coalition would hesitate to make their choice in favour of the opposition. Not only would it lead to an immediate loss of their positions in the government.  The sense of betrayal on the part of the government could lead to retaliation especially in the aftermath of a victory. However, the position of the TNA which is the main […]

WikiLeaks: SLFP-JVP MoU; Maithripala Wants Peace With The LTTE

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“Amid fanfare, President Kumaratunga’s SLFP party and the radical JVP formally entered into a political alliance on January 20. The alliance is basically an electoral pact, but an MOU attacking the GSL’s handling of the peace track was also agreed to. In a related development, Somawansa Amarasinghe, a key JVP leader and noted hard-liner based in the UK (see bio-data in Para 10), is making a rare visit to Sri Lanka. While some observers believe the pact is inherently shaky, there is renewed speculation that parliamentary elections may be in the offing.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The classified diplomatic cable details the “Memorandum of Understanding” between the President Chandrika Kumaratunga-led SLFP and the Somawansa Amarasinghe-led JVP. The “Confidential” […]

“I Left The President”: Hirunika Crosses Over To Support Maithripala Sirisena

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LSSP Breakaway Group To Support Maithripala Sirisena Western Provincial Council member of the UPFA, Hirunika Premachandra joined the common opposition a short while ago, extending her support to Maithripala Sirisena. She announced her decision addressing a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colmbo. Addressing the press conference, Premachandra added that she would support common candidate of the opposition Maithripala sirisena at the upcoming presidential election. “No justice has been done to my father, who was killed three years ago. Perpetrators are walking around freely. They even attend the high profile events attended by the President. I don’t know how it happens,” Premachandra added. “I wanted to step out of the government before. But there was no leadership. The moment we found the right […]