06 02 2016  Power Sharing Quest of Sri Lankan Tamils After Independence Part1 By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The premier political configuration representing the Tamils of Sri Lanka in the Northern and Eastern provinces is the Tamil National Alliance(TNA). According to newspaper reports the TNA seems to be disappointed over perceived delay in setting up an appropriate mechanism to draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. It is also worried about what it sees as a potential dilution of the Constitution making exercise. Views have been expressed to this effect by TNA spokesperson…
28 01 2016 To Court, Or Not To Court…  by N. Sathiya Moorthy Like predecessor-governments, the incumbent Maithri-Ranil regime has started taking one step forward on the ‘national problem’ and two backward. Like the predecessor Tamil leaderships, the present one too is divided between the moderates and the extremists. Soon, there could well be a repeat of the unfortunate merry-go-round of blame-games between ‘em all, inter and intra-ethnically! The issues are clear. One, the Constituent Assembly would address all problems that have hampered the nation’s post-Independence march forward, all-round. Two, the…
21 01 2016  Tamil Leaders Opposed When Sinhalese Leaders Proposed Federalism “A thousand and one objections could be raised against the system, but when the objections are dissipated, I am convinced that some form of Federal Government will be the only solution’” – S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike in 1926. “We suggest the creation of a federal state as in the United States of America” – Kandyan National Assembly in 1927. Political developments in Sri Lanka during the post –independence years has devalued the concept of power sharing through the federal idea. Each major ethnicity has…
08 01 2016 DO JUSTICE, NO DIVISIONS dailynews.lk 05 01 2016  Chathuri Disanayake As the Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan holds a unique position to contribute towards reshaping Sri Lankan’s political culture and constitutional parameters within which the government should operate. Sampanthan, a leader of coalition of minority parities, is the second such leader to be elected as the Opposition Leader after a gap of over three decades. His predecessor A. Amirthalingam, leader of TULF to which Sampanthan also belongs, became the Opposition…
02 01 2016 Political Settlement Based on the “Federal Idea” in a “New” Sri Lanka  D.B.S.Jeyaraj The new year has dawned on a note of hope and optimism for Sri Lanka! On January 9th 2016 President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to present a resolution in Parliament that proposes to convert Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. The envisaged Constitutional Assembly is different to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1972 Republican Constitution. The political vision of the Sirisena –Wickremesinghe Govt is to enact a new Constitution differently. A Consensual approach would…