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Majoritarian Sinhala narrative emerges strong in Sri Lankan election

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The Sinhala majoritarian narrative has emerged strong and clear with no pretence of accommodation of the minorities, and this signals a going back on the promise of a political solution to the Tamils of the north and the burial of a probe of war crimes against members of the Sri Lankan military ahead of its victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009
by R.K. RadhakrishnanCourtesy: Frontline, India
Rarely does a single election settle for all times, in clear terms, the debate on the future of a country. The Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, which gave a two-thirds majority for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), vanquished the United National Party (UNP) and made irrelevant the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), is one such election. The SLPP won the two-thirds majority it wanted to amend the constitution, the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lost, and the TNA was forced to share space in the northern province with new contenders, including former Chief Minister Wigneswaran, and Minister Douglas Devananda, long considered an outcaste in Vellalar-dominated Jaffna.

The Sinhala majoritarian narrative has emerged strong and clear with no pretence of accommodation of the minorities, and this signals a going back on the promise of a political solution to the Tamils of the north and the burial of a probe of war crimes against members of the Sri Lankan military ahead of its victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009. In return for the promise of safety and security made by the SLPP, the Sri Lankan voter settled for the rule of a family, the Rajapaksas, and a definitive change in foreign policy with China at the centre. Now, a Rajapaksa will be Prime Minister (Mahinda) while another is already President (Gotabaya). The architect of the long-drawn-out campaign, Basil Rajapaksa, too, will have to be accommodated in a senior position. Mahinda’s son Namal is also a contender for a Cabinet berth….

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