India can’t dictate on power devolution - Sri Lankan Govt

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  1. HeinzGud

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    In a riposte to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demand that Sri Lanka should fully implement the devolution package contained in the 13 constitutional amendment and even go beyond it, Sri Lanka’s ruling party said that India has no right to dictate to the island nation what kind of devolution system it must have.

    “Neither India nor any other country has the right to tell Sri Lanka what kind of devolution system it must have. It is for Parliament of Sri Lanka to decide and the appropriate forum to debate the issue is the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC),” Nimal Sripala de Silva, senior leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and cabinet minister, was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.

    De Silva went on to say that just as Sri Lanka does not advice India on what powers it should devolve to its states, India should not advice Sri Lanka what powers it should give its provinces.

    The Minister questioned the legitimacy of the 13 Amendment saying that it was “imposed” by India (in 1987 as part of the India-Sri Lanka Accord). The SLFP, then in opposition, had agitated against the Accord in July 1987.

    Lankan political watchers are waiting to see what steps Indian Prime Minister Modi will take to push for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. The majority Sinhalese community fears that Modi will be tough given his promise to to give India a strong government which its neighbours will have to respect. Anxiety about an intrusive Indian role is stoked by the efforts recently taken by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to secure the support of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

    TNA leader R Sampanthan wrote to Modi and Jayalalithaa seeking to discuss the Lankan Tamil question, the Indian Express reports.

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    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I Kinda of agree its not for us to poke our nose into their business.

    But if the impression is being created that tamils are being trampled political pressure from Tamil Nadu will mount on central govt to become more belligerent.
     
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    Tamil political leaders in SL and TN will never say Tamils can integrate into Sri Lankan society. Their last goal is Tamil eelam and nothing else. The more belligerent the Indian central government becomes it will only resolve the TN Tamils to demand more than they have now.
     
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    isn't TNA an SL political party? is it legitimate for its leaders to b pursuing foreign (i.e. Indian) intervention in SL domestic issues (esp. in connection with SL sovereign integrity)? if not what can SL do with TNA?

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    MY stand has been consistent in this forum about the non interference in the affairs of government of Sri Lanka except for the rehabilitation of refugees and protection of tamil refugees...But having stated that you my friend are being blind if you think the tamilians are happy and well provided in the north of your country and everything andeveryone who complaints is tamil nadu's propoganda.
    Shed this mentality of victimhood and start searching for answers on how to integrate and make your tamil miorities happy. The war has been won and also with exceeding brutality in the end(like all wars are) and that cannot be brushed under the carpet. By stating that everyone is out to blame Sri Lanka while quietly avoiding the fact that people who committed crimes in the war are not even questioned by either your civil liberal society and or your media and courts makes things very disturbing. Ideally the questions must not come from outside but from Inside itself. That is the hallmark of a maturing democracy and society no matter who is holding the reins whether it is a lwft wing or right wing government.
    This makes for a very discontent population in the tamil majority areas.
    Till now the government of Lanka has not shown any inclination of even addressing the smallest of concerns in the war affected areas and rather handing out token appeasing gestures. All this makes the former LTTE areas just another ticking bomb under the Lankan feet.
    I don't care on way or the other but it is for the people of Lanka to evaluate the stand of your government
     
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    It is not legitimate for a political party to do that. But SLG is bit afraid to use law against this separatist party. They not only pursuer foreign assistance with out consulting the central government but also legitimize the terrorists acts.
     
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    Not every one can be made happy. Sometimes people have to do compromises.

    To investigate there should be crimes and evidence who do we prosecute people just because people say there were mass murder? People can say anything.

    Not even smallest concerns? What are those concern can you elaborate?
     

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