Thirteenth Amendment should be repealed without delay
Posted on March 31st, 2012

Asada M Erpini

13th Amendment (13A) to the constitution of the sovereign Republic of Sri Lanka and implementing it by the Sri Lankan government “”…” according to some, even going beyond the 13th Amendment “”…” constitute the catchphrase of the day for all those outsiders who think that they hold the magic wand that will solve all Sri Lanka’s problems. The stance taken by the proponents of 13A seems to be that nothing in the country will succeed unless and until 13A is implemented fully, and that once it is done, the island nation would flow in milk and honey.

The 13th Amendment was the “ƒ”¹…”solution’ that was forced on Sri Lanka by the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 to deal with LTTE terrorists. Although a key feature of the so-called ceasefire or Peace Accord that accompanied the 13th Amendment was handing over of weapons by the LTTE, that it was only a puny pistol that Pirabaharan surrendered and the whole world knows that it is the armed forces of Sri Lanka that brought back the long-cherished peace through the military defeat that they inflicted on the LTTE in May 2009, the Ceasefire Agreement and the 13th Amendment both being completely impotent as far as the main purpose for which they were conceived and given birth were concerned.

Although the 13th Amendment did not deliver the promised goods, it spawned white elephants and cancers that keep eroding the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

The Provincial Councils that came into being with the 13th Amendment have become a springboard for the aspiring national-level politicians to launch their political careers. Security personnel and high-powered vehicles that fly from one place to another at breakneck speed pushing the mere mortals and their lowly tuk tuks away from their privileged path eat into the already meagre resources of the country while duplicating the machinery and the infrastructure that Sri Lanka does not need or can hardly afford.

Additionally, to all the outside busybodies who want Sri Lanka to believe that they are concerned about the well being of the Sri Lankans, the 13th Amendment is the platform from which unsolicited advice continues to pour. The current Indian Prime Minister, who, in his moves to keep the Tamil Nadu Karunanidhis, Vaikos and Jayalalithas happy, had no qualms about stabbing Sri Lanka in the back as far as the anti-Sri Lankan UNHCR resolution was concerned, continues talking about how India helped Sri Lanka by toning down the text of the resolution through the addition of words to the effect that action against Sri Lanka needed to be taken “in consultation with or concurrence with” Sri Lanka, although many know that that is  a proviso that already existed as far as such matters were concerned. He, however, in the same tone, continues that the 13th Amendment has to be implemented fully by Sri Lanka, as if Sri Lanka is one of the states of the Union of States of India.

Sri Lanka is a small country. Many of the states in India are far larger as regards the land area and boast much higher populations. The Indian union government has to decentralise power to the individual states if there is to be any chance of an effective administration. Sri Lanka is a different kettle of fish. Its population is just above 21 million and the land area is only 65,000 sq. kilometres. Sri Lanka does not have to follow any Indian, or Indian-baked “”…” or should it be half-baked -, devolution model for running its affairs. If Sri Lankans want decentralisation of the administrative powers from the centre, it is Sri Lanka that should decide on the format and the basis of the unit of devolution.

The illegitimate 13th Amendment, hatched by India, should be thrown out without delay.

 

 

 

The 13th Amendment (13A) to the constitution of the sovereign Republic of Sri Lanka and implementing it by the Sri Lankan government “”…” according to some, even going beyond the 13th Amendment “”…” constitute the catchphrase of the day for all those outsiders who think that they hold the magic wand that will solve all Sri Lanka’s problems. The stance taken by the proponents of 13A seems to be that nothing in the country will succeed unless and until 13A is implemented fully, and that once it is done, the island nation would flow in milk and honey.

The 13th Amendment was the “ƒ”¹…”solution’ that was forced on Sri Lanka by the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 to deal with LTTE terrorists. Although a key feature of the so-called ceasefire or Peace Accord that accompanied the 13th Amendment was handing over of weapons by the LTTE, that it was only a puny pistol that Pirabaharan surrendered and the whole world knows that it is the armed forces of Sri Lanka that brought back the long-cherished peace through the military defeat that they inflicted on the LTTE in May 2009, the Ceasefire Agreement and the 13th Amendment both being completely impotent as far as the main purpose for which they were conceived and given birth were concerned.

Although the 13th Amendment did not deliver the promised goods, it spawned white elephants and cancers that keep eroding the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

The Provincial Councils that came into being with the 13th Amendment have become a springboard for the aspiring national-level politicians to launch their political careers. Security personnel and high-powered vehicles that fly from one place to another at breakneck speed pushing the mere mortals and their lowly tuk tuks away from their privileged path eat into the already meagre resources of the country while duplicating the machinery and the infrastructure that Sri Lanka does not need or can hardly afford.

Additionally, to all the outside busybodies who want Sri Lanka to believe that they are concerned about the well being of the Sri Lankans, the 13th Amendment is the platform from which unsolicited advice continues to pour. The current Indian Prime Minister, who, in his moves to keep the Tamil Nadu Karunanidhis, Vaikos and Jayalalithas happy, had no qualms about stabbing Sri Lanka in the back as far as the anti-Sri Lankan UNHCR resolution was concerned, continues talking about how India helped Sri Lanka by toning down the text of the resolution through the addition of words to the effect that action against Sri Lanka needed to be taken “in consultation with or concurrence with” Sri Lanka, although many know that that is  a proviso that already existed as far as such matters were concerned. He, however, in the same tone, continues that the 13th Amendment has to be implemented fully by Sri Lanka, as if Sri Lanka is one of the states of the Union of States of India.

Sri Lanka is a small country. Many of the states in India are far larger as regards the land area and boast much higher populations. The Indian union government has to decentralise power to the individual states if there is to be any chance of an effective administration. Sri Lanka is a different kettle of fish. Its population is just above 21 million and the land area is only 65,000 sq. kilometres. Sri Lanka does not have to follow any Indian, or Indian-baked “”…” or should it be half-baked -, devolution model for running its affairs. If Sri Lankans want decentralisation of the administrative powers from the centre, it is Sri Lanka that should decide on the format and the basis of the unit of devolution.

The illegitimate 13th Amendment, hatched by India, should be thrown out without delay.

Asada M Erpini

13 Responses to “Thirteenth Amendment should be repealed without delay”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Why are we wasting time?

    13 should be scrapped.

  2. Christie Says:

    REPEAL 13TH AND BRING BACK SIRIMA SHASTRI PACT.

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    THE 13TH AMENDMENT SHOULD BE SCRAPPED FORTHWITH. Lorenzo has said it a hundred and one times. Why is the GOVERNMENT pussyfooting ? Afraid of BACK STABBING INDIA ? Use the Power of Parliament two thirds majority. TALKING THE TALK IS NOT ENOUGH.

    Procrastination is the thief of time. If the Government does not act now, Not all the Kings Horses and All the Kings men, could put the government together again.

    The Legislators must now think of the Country, instead of safeguarding their pockets.

    THE WHOLE OF SRI LANKA IS WAITING FOR THE 13TH TO BE SCRAPPED.

  4. aravinda Says:

    Americans are dreaming of Balkanisation of India and Sri Lanka. India is dreaming of Bhutanisation of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans wants to be just Sri Lanka. 13th Amendment forced by duress must go. It has no place in Sri Lanka.

    The Muslims and Sinhala displaced and ethnically cleansed from North and East should be resettled on their lands. If a referendum is held in East, the populace will vote 75%, NOT to join North. Just ask Karuna. He, once Prabakarans henchman, will tell the people of East are treated like excrement by political leaders in North.

    India, by siding with USA, is unwittingly digging its grave. What USA want is to break up India. Stupid Indians are clueless. India had fragmented over 100 times in last 3000 years. USA feels it is time, and it can be done. They want to start with Tamil Nadu. The monkeys in Tamil Nadu parliament have now smelled blood. They will go for jugular, if New Delhi is complacent.

  5. S de Silva Says:

    Thank you Asada for identifying the most valuable task immediately before SL. For the sake of the future of SL and its citizens the 13A has to be scrapped forthwith while the GoSL has the majority in the Parliament to do just that. Remember, this 13A was engineered by India and imposed by them on SL to suit India after having created the terrorist problem in SL in the first place! We at the UNHRC have been stabbed in the back so we need not be bothered in upsetting India over this at all and India should be shown that the scrapping of 13A, as reciprocal action by SL. We have to do this now, before it is too late. We should not stop there though and have a plan to distance ourselves from India in commerce – S de Silva – London

  6. Dham Says:

    Lorenzo, Susantha, Chritie,Aravinda,

    OK. Let us say 13 A is binned. How is the governement going to tackle massive job loss ?

    1. People who work at useless provincial councils.
    2. Politikkos who has voted for Mahinda.
    3. Bigger fish such as, Cheap Ministers, other ministers, Mdm Prbhakaran, Prof. Pillayan etc etc – create some embassidor posts ? May be we set up more high commision offices in India.

  7. Voice123 Says:

    No point fighting. Sinhalese leaders have fallen into Hindian-Tamil Nadu-Tiger trap. We are isolated internationally. If this is a chess game, very few moves left before check mate. Government may as well organize mass conversion ceremonies on Galle Face Green where we can burn Dhammapadas, Korans and Bibles in front of Jayalalitha and Vaiko and Singh and worship at their feet with poomalais, kiss the image of Lord Shiva and Kaliamman and become Sakkili Singhalam Lower than Dalit caste. We will have to speak only Tamil and carry shit buckets and do other Sakkili work for Dalits, Vellalh Tamils and Hindians and their western patrons. Also you had better like parippu because that is all we will be eating soon! Get used to parippu.

  8. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    DHAM !!!

    All those ” OUR SOULS ” you have referred to have already made enough under the counter money for two generations. They can retire peacefully. May they retire in pieces.

  9. AnuD Says:

    Now, the govt has 2/3rd power too. Govt used it for the most important task. That is to glue the power for himself. Ranil Wickramasinghe and JVP both are working against the majority Sri Lanka. Sajith is talking because he wants to be the leader.

    In Sri Lanka, self-ego and self -existence for politicians are important more than anything else.

  10. Vijendra Says:

    Unless the SL govt. has a real valid reason unknown to the others, it should scrap the 13A immediately! They should have done this immediately after the getting rid of the terrorist leader and his cohorts.

    SL has to get rid of the overpoliticization of the small country for the benefit of satisfying the India-Tamilnadu politician-separatists.

    Sri Lanka, let us not waste any more time! 13A is nothing but a way to continue a separatist strategy by India for the benefit of proliferating their political influence into SL! So, its over to you Mr. President and the others responsible for changing the constitution of SL.

  11. AnuD Says:

    [ Unless the SL govt. has a real valid reason unknown to the others, it should scrap the 13A immediately! They should have done this immediately after the getting rid of the terrorist leader and his cohorts. ]

    I think, they let the country rot. At the end of the SIX years, make 13th amendment another election promise and ask for another term.

    If that will be the case, it is just absurd exploitation of voters.

  12. Marco Says:

    Has President Rajapakse got the “balls” to repeal the 13th Amendment whilst he is in power?

  13. Ratanapala Says:

    The government can easily abolish the Provincial System of government in the 7 provinces outside North and East and later make the North and East follow suit. Indians will not be able to say anything about these 7 provinces. The consensus now is for the abolition these money wasting enterprise.

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