Thirteenth Amendment In Driblets Or Plus Or Beyond

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…

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Change of government in India Blow to TNA’s aspirations

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,…

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On Collision Course With India?

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…

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Get rid of 13th Amendment – Asgiriya Chapter

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…

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

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…

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