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THE DANGER BEHIND THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON PARLIAMENT’S SUPREMACY -- Dr.JehanPerera

The Rule of Law means that everyone in a society is compelled to abide by the prevailing laws.  These laws are interpreted by the courts of law in the light of the supreme law as stated in the Constitution.  If anyone refuses to accept the decision of the judiciary, they are punished.  If the government refuses to abide by the decisions of the judiciary the Rule of Law will break down.  This is the uncertainty that Sri Lanka faces, now that the highest court of all, the Supreme Court, has decided that the power of the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to decide on the validity of the charges against the Chief Justice is a nullity in law.

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IMPROVED GOVERNANCE NECESSARY TO ADDRESS ANTI MINORITY SENTIMENT by Dr.Jehan Perera

The great hopes of a leap forward to a new era that came with the end of the war have now been dispelled.  The anticipated prosperity and inter-ethnic reconciliation that was expected to be Sri Lanka’s after the war has still not materialized.  The continuing bailouts of loss making government enterprises and the impeachment of the Chief Justice are but two examples of the failure of governance.  The mobilization of the country to win the war has not been accompanied by a restructuring of the state to deal with the challenges of winning the peace.  Life continues to be hard for the vast majority of people and competition is intense due to limited economic opportunity within the country.

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Reconciliation is a process and depends on national identity

1.  Reconciliation is necessary to preserve one country and the State within it. Reconciliation is a process. It involves how Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims perceive their future to be. It requires more than a set of proposals to reconcile marginalized communities.
2.  Many Sinhalese see reconciliation as simply coexistence; others regard it as respect; and still others as mutual forgiveness. All intractable conflicts that actually end must go through some reconciliation process if the parties are going to co-exist in the future. If they do not, conflict is likely to recur, even after a victory or peace settlement, if disputes escalate. Without reconciliation it is difficult to visualize the other side agreeing to be part of the same state.

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Don’t the defeated have a right to mourn their dead?

According to the statement of the Editors Guild the Editor Thevananth was covering events connected with a commemoration meeting held by Jaffna University students in memory of those who had died during the three-decade long northern insurgency when there was an attack on them by armed men.  

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Why devolution of power should be on linguistic basis by R.M.B Senanayake

Sinhala nationalists who deny that the Tamils have any grievances are now campaigning for the abolition of the Provincial Councils under the 13th Amendment. But S.W.R.D the western educated liberal who introduced the Sinhala Only Law realized that an injustice was done to the Tamil people for it was not only an instrument to discriminate against Tamils in State employment but also to force them to deal with the State and its agencies only in Sinhala which the large majority of Tamil people did not know. How could the Tamil people give voice to their problems to the powers that be unless they learn Sinhala for, given the Sinhala as the only medium of education, future political  leaders would know only  Sinhala. ? 

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The 13th Amendment as a political solution by Mr R M B Senanayake

 

 Dr Dayan Jayatilleke has forcefully stated the diplomatic case for implementing the 13th Amendment which is already part of the law, in reply to Mr Malinda Seneviratne.  The President has told the Indian Government that he would implement the 13th Amendment fully. But there are many voices among the Sinhala nationalists against the implementation of this Law. The Tamil politicians have always wanted more powers than the 13th Amendment provides for. But it would be prudent for the Tamil MPs to go along with the President and extend their co-operation to implement this Law without rocking the boat.

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