3rd November 2017

UNP, TNA,SLFP and JVP Engaged in a “Constitutional Conspiracy” Charges Racist Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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The UNP, the TNA, the SLFP and the JVP were engaged in a ‘constitutional conspiracy’, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Constitutional Assembly yesterday. Participating in the debate on the interim report of the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the former President said: “Look at the manner in which the debate on this interim report has been conducted during the past three days. First, a UNP minister speaks on behalf of the government. Then, a TNA member speaks on behalf of the Opposition. Once again an SLFP minister speaks on behalf of the government. Then a JVP member speaks on behalf of the Opposition. All of them are yahapalana stakeholders, they are all in a constitutional conspiracy.” Full text of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech […]

Constitutional Conversations: need for a consensus from majority and minority

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I was pleasantly surprised to read the very perceptive and might I say brilliantly argued piece by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke in the Daily Mirror of October 11, 2017, “Constitutional Conversation :What the Government and the nationalists don’t get”. He has put his finger on what the Tamil Question is all about, when he says the Tamil question is about alienation. I quote “It is about the relationship between the Tamil community in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan state .  They feel it is a state they are under, not one they belong to or fully represents them. They view the Sri Lankan state as the other and feel that the Sri Lankan state views them as the other.” How true this is and something […]

Discrimination Caused the War

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“There are no grievances specific to Tamils” – Udaya Gammanpila, Western Provincial Council Minister, 2014  “There are no minorities (Tamils) now (Only Sinhala Majority)” – Mahinda Rajapaksa, May 2009 Following the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009 popular understanding of the root causes of ethnic violence congealed around a single dominant narrative. This narrative consists of three premises and a conclusion. Premise I: The root cause of the ethnic conflict was the greed and power lust of Tamil elites, who led a misguided Tamil population. Premise II: These elites were empowered by interventionist foreign States who were (i) primordially ‘anti-Sri Lanka’, (ii) manipulated by the ‘diaspora’ or (iii) concerned with geo-political intrigue. Premise III: There were few, if any, unaddressed political or economic grievances […]