India’s agenda is to secure the full implementation of the 13th Amendment (13A) to the Constitution

Push for 13A not dropped Devolution not discussed during FM’s Delhi visit By Easwaran Rutnam India is engaged in backdoor diplomacy to ensure the rights of Tamils are secured and its friendly relations with Sri Lanka are also maintained. On top of India’s agenda is to secure the full implementation of the 13th Amendment (13A) to the Constitution, despite the new Government saying that will not be possible. Asked by The Sunday Morning if the 13A is no more a topic of discussion between Sri Lanka and India, the Indian External Affairs…

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Extend dual citizenship to Tamil refugees: Sri Lankan leader urges India

Senior Sri Lankan leader and former chief minister of the island nation’s Tamil-majority North Eastern province, CV Wigneswaran, on Friday urged India to grant dual citizenship to the Lankan Tamil refugees living here since the late 1980s. The demand for dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in several camps across Tamil Nadu and outside has gained momentum in the wake of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. And, there is unanimity on this across the political spectrum, barring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). There are more than 62,000 Lankan Tamil…

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Wigneswaran meets Rajinikanth to discuss issues in North

Former Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, who is currently on a tour in Chennai, India, has held a discussion with the famed South Indian actor Rajinikanth. Wigneswaran attended the sixth commemorative event organized by the Global Tamil Organization in Chennai to deliver a lecture. Upon meeting at the event, they had engaged in a cordial discussion at the actor’s residence. Reportedly, they had discussed the political situation in Sri Lanka and the Northern Province, the current situation in the North following the war and the lives of the…

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Revert to the pre-2015 era.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has put to rest at least for the duration of this Parliament a freelance move to remove the 19th Amendment (19A) to the Constitution. He has said there will be no constitutional reforms during this Parliament. That is obvious because this Government is a minority Government in Parliament. But then the MP who introduced the proposed 21A and 22A to the Constitution to overhaul 19A (which ironically he introduced in 2015 as Justice Minister) would have had the imprimatur of higher-ups in this Government. Otherwise, he…

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