Opportunity For Sri Lanka’s Parliamentarians to Rectify the Injustice of 1987
Posted on May 21st, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Canada

Once again India is behaving as if Sri Lanka is not a sovereign state and trying to bully the country solely for India’s own benefit.  The latest Indian claim is that it just wants to ensure a better deal for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Tamils are not citizens of India. They are Sri Lankans, who are represented in the parliament of Sri Lanka by those who they vote for. India has seventy-two million Tamils in Tamil Nadu who are far worse off economically than Tamils who live in Sri Lanka so why does the Indian Government not concentrate on providing a better deal for them if they want votes in Tamil Nadu, the homeland of all Tamils?  While India claims to want to get a better deal for Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Tamils of India are poaching in Sri Lankan waters depriving the Tamils of Sri Lanka of their livelihood. If there is concern for Sri Lankan Tamils and their welfare, as a start, India should stop Tamil Nadu Tamils from stealing from Sri Lanka’s Tamil fisherman and depriving them of their means of living. When will Mr. Khurshid make a phone call to offer Sri Lanka an undertaking that Sri Lankan fisherman will not be harassed in Sri Lankan waters by the Indians illegal fishing? 

 The extreme violence of the LTTE terrorists and their murderous campaigns against Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims for thirty years, ended in 2009. Since then, it has been stated by Mr. Basil Rajapakse that  85 percent of foreign loans to the country were spent on developing the north, resettling people displaced by the war and trying to restore the standard of living that the Tamils in the north had before the LTTE destroyed that part of the country. This is money that has been borrowed and has to be repaid by Sri Lanka and is the burden of the Sri Lankan taxpayer. The people of Sri Lanka know that this  diversion of money to the north has been at the expense of other areas, areas that were also affected by LTTE terrorism, areas where those who were terrorised, deprived of their rights, driven from their homes and are unable to return to them all over the country are still without homes, employment opportunities and means of livelihood because efforts to re-build  are concentrated mostly in northern Sri Lanka. It is these people, who are the victims of LTTE terrorism, whose rights are being diluted and it is time that the Sri Lankan Government addresses their plight without delay.

 After the war ended the Tamils in the north were free to live in peace and enjoy the same rights as other Sri Lankans, rights which they had but were taken away by the LTTE. During the time that the LTTE controlled areas of the north and east with the blessings of the Indian Government as well as the so called “international community” in their efforts to help the LTTE divide Sri Lanka, did India do anything to dilute the LTTE’s fascist rule and provide the LTTE with advice on rights? As the whole world knows, it was india that created, promoted and supported LTTE terrorism to destroy Sri Lanka by dividing the country merely to get Tamil votes in India. Now the question is what does India mean when it asks for a better deal when the only deals that India has given Sri Lanka is terrorism, aggression and intimidation.  

 It is stated that this latest  Indian advice “came in the wake of reports about a small nationalist party, the JHU, planning to move parliament soon to abolish the thirteenth amendment”.  It is high time the GOSL clearly indicates to India that  this type of “advice” is in fact blatant interference in the internal matters of another country. It is for the parliament of Sri Lanka to decide whether to get rid of or amend the thirteenth amendment which was forced on the country by India.  Sri Lanka has the right to reject what was forced on the country and, as indicated by the President of Sri Lanka, replace it with a home grown solution. The time for the President to act is now. The majority of Sri Lankans should call on their parliamentarians to get rid of this Indian document which did not have the support of the people of Sri Lanka, which has proved a costly mistake for Sri Lanka and provided an instrument for India and other international busybodies to control Sri Lanka. It is hoped that all  Sri Lankan parliamentarians will be “nationalist”,  vote in the best interest of the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka, particularly the main opposition party which was responsible for the 13th Amendment.  

 This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Sri Lankan parliamentarians to vote for Sri Lanka. In 1987 they were herded together, transported in buses and forced by the then president to vote against Sri Lanka. Should they once again vote against Sri Lanka they will be voting against all the brave service personnel who died to regain the country from the terrorism that followed. They will be insulting all those civilians who were their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children and  friends, who died since 1987. Most Sri Lankans suffered from LTTE terrorism and should remember what the LTTE did,  the Eelam created  by the Indo Lanka Agreement, the actions of V. Perumal and the other Indian puppets in his administration, who, with the support of India, made the unilateral declaration of independence attempting to establish a separate state with it’s own police and military.  The Sri Lankan people have not  forgotten the suffering brought upon all Sri Lankans by Indian sponsored terrorism.  Can the current parliamentarians forget and still say that they represent the people of Sri Lanka? 

 It is time that the Opposition thought of the future of the country, learn from the mistake they made in forcing the Indo Lanka Agreement and the 13th Amendment on the hapless people of Sri Lanka, the mistake of  giving the LTTE their “Eelam” in the Vanni, belittling the Sri Lankan forces during the war and trotting the globe to canvass opinion on to how to appease the LTTE. They now have the opportunity to act to rectify these mistakes. This is their opportunity to be “nationalistic” and win the hearts and minds of the Sri Lankan voter by demonstrating that they believe in Sri Lanka, are proud to be Sri Lankan and respect the wishes of the people of Sri Lanka.   

 Regarding the second counsel by Mr. Khurshid  “to request the Lankan Army not to purchase land in conflict-hit areas”, all Sri Lankans hope that Mr. Peiris told him as bluntly as possible in diplomatic language, that it is land in Sri Lanka and that India does has no say in how land in Sri Lanka is used. It is time to dispel the Indian attitude that Sri Lanka is still a colony and that after the Portuguese, Dutch and British, it is now India’s turn to administer and plunder the country.  Mr. Peiris has been faulted by many Sri Lankans for creating the impression that he is not being firm in rebuffing this type of interference in the internal matters of Sri Lanka, not stating clearly to India and other countries who feel that they can dictate to Sri Lanka, that he does not need and will not accept  this type of “advice”  because Sri Lanka is not an Indian colony.  

 Yours truly,

 Ira de Silva

London, Canada 

3 Responses to “Opportunity For Sri Lanka’s Parliamentarians to Rectify the Injustice of 1987”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    G L PEIRIS has changed to suit mahinda.just to have a good job. we know what he said and done in the past.
    Even dayan j ayatilakeis in the same group— after removing from U.N.O HE CHANGED AGAIN
    BOTH WILL CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    ARREST, PROSECUTE, CONVICT & PUNISH these UNREPENTANT SERIAL TRAITORS immediately!

    FINE them in CASH, CONFISCATE their PROPERTY, take away their CIVIC RIGHTS including the right to VOTE & ENGAGE in POLITICS, IMPRISON them at HARD LABOR, and ENACT a THREE-STRIKES-AND-OUT law that mandates COMPULSORY LIFE IMPRISONMENT for REPEAT OFFENDERS.

    Make the PUNISHMENT RETROACTIVE to PRIOR un-prosecuted TREASONOUS ACTIVITIES over the last 30 years!

    The GOSL has the laws on the books against TREASON … USE them …. for God’s Sake! Laws UNENFORCED are Laws NON-EXISTENT and VIOLATED with IMPUNITY!

    The US prosecutes ALL TREASONOUS activity by its citizens withoin the US and abroad. For example, the American Taliban who trained in Pakistan is now serving a Life Sentence in Maximum Security Prison. Why should Sri Lanka’s Security be less Valuable? Why?

    Failure to DISCOURAGE TREASON will guarantees the resurrection of Tamil separatist terrorism in the future!

    HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING from the SUPINE PASSIVITY of OUR RECENT PAST?

    Do not APE Nero by playing the Harp AGAIN while Si Lanka BURNS!

    ACT NOW before it is TOO LATE!

    ………….
    >CID questions Sri Lanka Tamil parliamentarian over war victim commemoration

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 22, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has interrogated the Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan yesterday in Colombo over his involvement in a function held last week to commemorate the Tamil victims of war.

    The Tamil MP has organized the commemoration in Vavuniya Town Hall on May 18 and the CID has questioned him on why he organized the function.

    Anandan has told the BBC Sandeshaya Service that he was also interrogated over four hours on a mobile phone conversation he had with the Tamil detainees in the Vavuniya Prison when the riots broke out in the prison last year.

    He has told the CID that the fasting Tamil detainees called him to mediate a solution for their grievances with the prison authorities and the MP with another TNA MP Selvan Adaikalanathan visited the prison to resolve the issue.

    Anandan was reportedly questioned on how he has developed mobile phone connections with the Tamil detainees and on the hunger strike staged last year by the prisoners which resulted in a riot at the prison.

    Tamil MPs Suresh Premachandran and M.A. Sumanthiran have accompanied Anandan to the CID office in Colombo.

    Mano Ganeshan, the leader of People’s Democratic Front has meanwhile has said that ordering Sivasakthi Anandan to report to CID is a violation of public’s right to commemorate the dead and the provisions in Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) report clearly indicates that the public must be provided with an opportunity to commemorate dead.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Opportunity to Revive the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka to its Full Resplendent Status is HERE!

    RISE UP …. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. and EXPUNGE the 13th Amendment from Sri Lanka’s Constitution!

    ………………
    Sri Lanka coalition partner calls to mobilize public against 13th Amendment to Constitution

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 24, Colombo: The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a coalition party of Sri Lanka’ ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), said it will take measures to mobilize the public to urge the government to abolish the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    JHU parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero said the public must be mobilized to urge the government to change its stance on the 13th Amendment.

    The Thero’s call to abolish the 13th Amendment came in response to the statement by Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa that the government would not abolish the 13th Amendment.

    At the cabinet press briefing Thursday Minister Yapa said the government has no intention whatsoever to postpone the Northern Provincial Cunicl polls, repeal the 13th Amendment or introduce amendments to the Constitution to remove police and land powers to the provinces.

    Ven. Ratana Thero has observed that the JHU’s proposed motion to amend the Constitution to abolish the provincial council system in the country is to be presented to parliament next week.

    The coalition party Wednesday revealed party’s proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution primarily to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which paved way for the power devolving Provincial Council system in the island.

    The party says 13th Amendment to the Constitution was enacted consequent to the Indo- Sri Lanka Accord being entered into between the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India in 1987 under duress in defiance of the sovereignty of the people of Sri Lanka,

    The JHU is vehemently against the land and police powers given to the provinces under the 13th Amendment and calls for amending the Constitution to take away those powers from the provinces before holding the elections to the Northern Provincial Council scheduled for September.

    Their call is supported by Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who says that he would never agree to granting police powers to provincial councils according to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    The Defence Secretary is of the view that granting police powers to provincial councils in future could pose a serious threat to national security and lead to a dangerous situation.

    Minister Yapa said if the government introduces the Constitution or amendments to the Constitution it would be through a consensus by all stakeholders.

    The government would resort to a power devolution process or introduce constitutional changes only through an extensive political interaction with all political parties and other stakeholders and that is why the government took measures to constitute a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to discuss all these issues related to power devolution, police and land powers to PCs and security issues of the provinces, the Minister said.

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