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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Compromising ‘Chinthanaya’ – A National Treachery!

By S. Akurugoda – Australia
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Addressing a media conference, at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Headquarters, National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that even if the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won the NPC election, the Council would not be given more powers than others.

After failing to get the JVP’s support to run the government, President Mahinda Rajapakasa had to look for MPs in order to secure the numbers in the parliament after his first election as the President. Although the President was elected with a clear majority to lead the country according to the pledges he made under ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’, his party (SLFP) had only 57 MPs in the parliament and he has had no other alternative other than compromising his ‘Chinthanaya’ for survival. All hardcore federalists led by old Marxists groups surrounded the President and pledged their support and managed to direct his ‘Chinthanaya’ towards 13th A (plus). Vasudeva is one of those who believed and preached us that the war against LTTE was un-winnable and hence any solution should be acceptable to the LTTE.

It is not surprising at all that a personality like Minister Vasudeva has now rose to a level of government spokesperson, after the President’s decision to go ahead with the NPC election under the existing 13th A, without any changes, ignoring the warning from nationalists groups in and outside the government.

The sinister motive of those opportunists is to start with 13th A for the time being. They know very well that whatever the President proposes as a so-called solution, at this stage, will be blindly accepted by the people.

Both Vasudeva and his brother in law, Vigneswaran , TNA’s CM candidate , are aware that implementation of 13th A is the beginning of implementation of the Thimpu demands (distinct nationality, traditional homelands, self-determination) as claimed in the following statement of Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi to the Indian Parliament on July 31, 1987.

" The Agreement meets the basic aspirations which have animated the Tamils’ struggle, namely, the desire to be recognised as a distinct ethnic entity; political autonomy for managing their political future; and appropriate devolution of governmental power to meet this objective, the recognition of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka as areas of historical habitation of the Tamils and the acknowledgment and designation of Tamil as an official language of Sri Lanka.

The Agreement constitutes the Eastern and Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka into one administrative unit with an elected Provincial Council; and a Chief Minister. Powers would be devolved... to ensure a full measure of autonomy to the Provinces in Sri Lanka."

On August 2, 1987, Rajiv Gandhi told a public meeting in Madras that "The Agreement secures everything that the Sri Lankan Tamils had demanded, short of breaking Sri Lanka’s unity. In fact, it goes well beyond the initial demands of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Under the Agreement, approximately one-third of Sri Lankan territory will be made into a single province where the Tamils will have a clear majority. They will have regional autonomy comparable to State governments in India ... " (‘Thirteenth Amendment plus ... a look at probabilities’ by Foxwatch – Sunday Island dated 19/07/09).

Whatever said and done by those who promote 13th A as a starting point, the above declared reality of the treacherous Agreement and the resulted 13th A to the Constitution would have known better by Rajiv Gandhi, the Indian PM, than anyone else since it was the Indian civil servants who were instrumental when drafting the Agreement.

While addressing at the ceremonial opening of the Fourth Session of the Sixth Parliament on 19th May 2009, President Rajapaksa said that there are only two communities in this country. One is the people who love this country. The other comprises the small groups that have no love for the land of their birth. Those who do not love the country are now a lesser group.

The said two communities were quite visible during the last two presidential elections. Those who love the country strongly supported the candidature of Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) while the other group were either not visible in the campaign in support of MR or openly supporting the opposition candidates.

It is very unfortunate if the candidate chosen by those who love the country is now committed to an undisclosed third party, due to the influence of those small groups that have no love for the land of their birth, to implement the concepts of traditional homeland, knowingly or unknowingly, paving the way for the gradual disintegration of the country on racial basis.

Minister Nanayakkara, according to the said media report, said the UPFA could easily win the North-Western and Central Provincial Councils, but was uncertain of the outcome in the Northern Province. It is definite that the TNA will interpret the election results in NPC as an approval of their claims in the manifesto. At the same time, it is also quite possible that those treacherous opportunities within the government may claim that the UPFA win in North-Western and Central Provincial Councils as an approval of 13th A by the people in the South, in order to provide the moral support to the President to not to abolish the 13th A.

If the sinister motive of those opportunists succeeds, in decades to come, it will be the future generation who will have to face the consequences since any attempt to reverse such move would be disastrous.

- Asian Tribune -

National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara
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