Reconciliation or co-existence:
Do we really need a ‘Truth Commission'?
A delegation from South Africa was in town
recently for talks with certain parties, may be, to resume the
stalled efforts for possible reconciliation in Sri Lanka. This team
has been visiting for some time since the previous regime.
19th Amendment: a tilt towards Parliament:
Danger of Constitutional deadlock
That there was no political consensus to
reintroduce parliamentary democracy, in spite of the appalling
consequences of uncontrolled presidentialism in the recent past, is
noteworthy and deeply disappointing. A substantial proportion of
those who voted for Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015 did so in
the belief that presidentialism would be abolished.
A matter of language
In what is being described as a radical reconciliatory move by most
media, President Mathripala Sirisena on Wednesday announced his decision
to remove the unofficial ban on signing the national anthem in Tamil.
The decision is to be publicised through a circular sent to all