13 A , India and the SLMC
Posted on October 26th, 2012

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

On the 24th Oct  the SLMC secretary had stated “…the majority community would vote en-bloc in support of the move to repeal the 13 A introduced as a panacea for the long standing grievances of the minorities following the signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987…”

13 A was not ‘introduced’ as claimed. It was forced on Sri Lanka by India with the signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord in July 1987. This was never presented in Parliament for debate. And the people did not have an opportunity to express their views through the media. The circumstances were such that, JR  had no choice but to meekly accept what was shoved on him. The majority of the people were against it. This was clearly seen when Rajiv Gandhi went to inspect a Guard of Honour, after signing the Accord. As he was inspecting the welcome parade, a soldier attacked him with his gun and he escaped serious injury by dodging the blow. This was shown  on TV all over the world. People had not forgotten India ‘bullying’ Sri Lanka by an air raid, condemned by neutral countries.

Ironically, according to JR, the soldier did not attack Rajiv. JR became the laughing stock when he interpreted the incident as if the soldier fainted and fell off !

The SLFP and the JVP openly protested against the Accord. Then there were several politicians in the UNP who expressed their protest behind closed doors. Some did not attend the Accord signing ceremony. Political leaders in the country led by the late PM Sirimavo B gathered at the Pettah Bo Tree and performed Bodhi Pooja’s as a protest. Thus 13 A is not a pancea as expressed by the SLMC secy.

It is a White Elephant offered by Rajiv Gandhi !

2 Responses to “13 A , India and the SLMC”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    SRI LANKA IS A PREDOMINANTLY BUDDHIST COUNTRY. THE LAW OF KARMA APPLIES TO ALL.

    RAJIV GHANDI FACED THE LAW OF KARMA, FOR BULLYING AND DISRESPECTING SRI LANKAN CITIZENS.

  2. M.S.MUDALI Says:

    So, Premadasa, Gamini and Lalith Athulath Mudali also faced the law of Karma! LTTE criminals now become the enforcers of KARMA? what a joke?

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