Muslim Congress Wants a North-East Muslim Majority Council Based On India’s Pondicherry Model

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj For more than two decades the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress(SLMC) has remained the foremost political party of the Sri Lankan Muslims. The SLMC co-founded and led by the legendary MHM Ashraff is headed by Rauff Hakeem who succeeded him as party leader after Ashraff’s demise in 2000. In recent times the dominant position …

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Tamil Leaders Opposed When Sinhalese Leaders Proposed Federalism

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “A thousand and one objections could be raised against the system, but when the objections are dissipated, I am convinced that some form of Federal Government will be the only solution’” – S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike in 1926. “We suggest the creation of a federal state as in the United States of America” – Kandyan National …

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Political Settlement Based on the “Federal Idea” in a “New” Sri Lanka

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The new year has dawned on a note of hope and optimism for Sri Lanka! On January 9th 2016 President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to present a resolution in Parliament that proposes to convert Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. The envisaged Constitutional Assembly is different to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1972 …

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Paradise Gained and Lost: The Indo-Lanka Accord and Tamils

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Nallathor Veenai Seithe – athai Nalangkedap Puluthiyil Erivathundo?” [ Is a good Veena (musical instrument) made and thrown into the dust to decay? ]-Subramaniya Bharathiyar Twenty years have passed since the signing of the Indo – Lanka accord by Rajiv Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayewardena on July 29th 1987. It was hailed …

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Banda, Chelva and the Elusive Federal Idea

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The federal idea is not a new concept to Sri Lanka. It is however a controversial theme in the Country and is viewed on both sides of the ethnic divide with great hostility.Sri Lankan “patriots” think the introduction of federalism will ultimately lead to division of the Country. Tamil Eelam “patriots” think …

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Impact of the Federal Idea on a World Changing Fast

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “maybe the federal idea isn’t such a bad idea after all”– Bill Clinton (in 1999) Ailing president of Cuba, Fidel Castro Ruiz, wrote recently an article responding to some observations made by US President George W Bush. In the last part of that article Fidel related an anecdote from his halcyon days …

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