Tamil diaspora extend support to TNA

The Global Tamil Forum has called on all Tamils to cast their precious vote wisely at the forthcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka. The GTF in a post published by the Canadian Tamil Congress said the Tamil people’s struggle for democratic rights in Sri Lanka has a long history and since independence the desire of Tamils to live as a free people has not been diminished by the many setbacks and the tests of endurance faced by Tamils in their onward march for justice, dignity and equality. “The manner in…

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Power hungry rulers unconcerned about people – Anura Kumara

By Anuradha Herath Leader of the Colombo District Team of the National People’s Power, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, says at the final rally in Colombo that Sri Lanka will face more calamities if Rajapaksas return to power. He said: The lives of the people of this country are not as valuable as the greed for power these rulers have. That is why they tried to hold an election amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was prevented due to the thoughtful decision made by the Election Commission. If not, there was a likelihood…

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General election: GTF discourages voters from backing Mahinda

The GTF said: “It is in this atmosphere that Rajapaksas are seeking 2/3rd majority to change the constitution, in particular, to abolish the 19th Amendment. It is not difficult to contemplate where this will lead to – executive power without checks and balances, marginalisation of Parliament and Judiciary, and key institutions made irrelevant. In such a quasi-democracy, rule of law and human rights will become expendable, and impunity will reign. The argument that a strong leader with unconstrained power is a must for development and prosperity is phony and self-serving.”…

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Save Democracy from a two-thirds disaster

The theme of the Rajapaksas is the Sinhala-Buddhist dominance The theme of the Rajapaksas is the Sinhala-Buddhist dominance, which saw the huge majority that Gotabaya Rajapaksa obtained to be President. The Sinhala-Buddhists are certainly more than two-thirds in the overall population and the electoral registers too. But, is this workable  in an election based on Proportional Representation or PR? As the campaigns draw to a close there is the need to think more of Democracy, than any of the big players in this campaign are willing to allow. The electoral process…

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Gota-Mahinda-SLPP will NOT win a 2/3 majority.

By Kumar David – Prof. Kumar David The risk in an article to be uploaded a day or two before the results come rolling in, is that my assumptions may be blown away by the outcome. However, the assumptions in this instance are universally believed to be true and readers will forgive everybody if everybody is wrong! These unanimous assumptions are: 1. The SLPP will win a parliamentary majority and form the next government 2. Gota-Mahinda-SLPP will not win a 2/3 majority. I make no assumptions about three other issues; sharing of…

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Stopping the Landslide

“We have learnt from many political parties in the world. The best two are the BJP and the CCP (Chinese Communist Party).” Basil Rajapaksa (Daily FT – 29.7.2020) Basil Rajapaksa is the Rajapaksa family’s thinking man. Unlike his brothers and nephews, he doesn’t shoot his mouth off. His remarks should be taken seriously, because, often, they point to the shape of the future. Alarm bells need to clang when Basil Rajapaksa says he wants to model the SLPP on China’s Communist Party and India’s BJP: “I want our party to be…

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Polls at last; lacklustre election campaign ends tonight

President likely to form new government soon to start work on tackling key economic and pandemic-related issues Western diplomats show keen interest in north-east politics; TNA faces tough challenges, but receives diaspora support Speculation about what would happen to the UNP and Sajith’s SJB after the polls? Most Sri Lankans have shown a lack of enthusiasm over the August 5 parliamentary elections. Yet, in marked contrast, western governments have displayed a keen interest on the outcome. Most of their diplomats have been in the northern capital of Jaffna, easily the…

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The Last Days of the Nineteenth Amendment?

These could be the last days of the Nineteenth Amendment. If not of its entirety, at least of a part of it, even a substantial part of it. The message that the Nineteenth Amendment retards effective governance and should be thrown out has reverberated strongly, especially since the Presidential election last year. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has had enough of it. So, it may go. The Nineteenth Amendment was possible due to many reasons. A majority of the voting population demanded some reformation of the structure of constitutional governance that prevailed…

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