Editorial

Dayasiri Jayasekera’s Indophile moment

Summary

Sri Lanka didn’t end up being Bhutanized as Rajiv Gandhi predicted. But Sri Lanka’s sovereignty remained severely wounded. Pandering to India is no salve.

Dayasiri Jayasekera, State Minister, is correct. The electoral system pertaining to provincial councils should be amended. Indeed we need electoral reform. The first 20th amendment proposed (with much fanfare in April 2015 at the Vihara Maha Devi Park by then President Maithripala Sirisena) would have done it. Wasn’t done. The ‘reform’ in the case of local government elections was a sham. So, yes, if we are going to have PC elections, the system should be changed first.

That said, Dayasiri Jayasekera is OUT OF ORDER when he says that decisions on the system of provincial council should be first discussed with India.

Let’s say it as it should be said. WHAT THE FUCK Dayasiri???

Dayasiri says, ‘if not…..we might have to face issues again.’

We will always have issues.

We have issues with the USA, with the EU and with India. Whether or not we go with ‘yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir.’

At some point though, if sovereignty means anything, we need to make a stand.

We are at such a moment.

The PCs were never solicited. India thrust them down our throats. It was illegal. It was bullish. It was a scar on everything that means anything with respect to nation, nationality and citizenship.

Today, the PCs stand dissolved. No one wants them, not even the most ardent advocates of devolution. India reneged on the agreement signed in July 1987. India did not disarm the LTTE. Well, let’s put it politely, ‘India COULDN’T disarm the LTTE.’ We suffered 22 years more of war. The destruction was augmented. India didn’t pay. However, over and above the costs incurred as a result of India and the then UNP Government of J R Jayewardene effectively giving the LTTE a new lease of life, we paid as a nation by ceding sovereignty to India.

Sri Lanka didn’t end up being Bhutanized as Rajiv Gandhi predicted. Rajiv Gandhi perished. Sri Lanka did not. But Sri Lanka’s sovereignty remained severely wounded. Pandering to India is no salve.

We do what we must do for our people. As India does for hers.

The 13th Amendment must go.

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