2 December, 2021

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Constitution-Making Should Be Open, Public And Transparent

We, the undersigned, issue this public statement to urge the Government to adopt a transparent and consultative approach to its ongoing constitutional reform process. We make this request in light of the following:

1. In September 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers appointed a committee of experts to draft a new constitution. This committee received submissions from the public for several months and is presumably now drafting a new constitution. The President has indicated that a new constitution will be adopted in 2022. However, there is no information in the public domain as to the process that is being followed by the committee at the present moment, in developing its draft. The principles that should guide the content of the proposed constitution have not been made public either. Moreover, it is yet unknown whether the draft will be made available for public discussion before being presented to Parliament.

2. We recognize that previous attempts at amending the Sri Lankan Constitution and previous efforts to adopt a new Constitution have almost always been problematic. They have been unsatisfactory, in terms of process as well as substance. However, we would like to note that we all should strive to learn the lessons that a critical study of past experiences in constitution-making teach us and aspire to improve.

2. Constitution-making is a challenging task. Ensuring effective public participation and consultation that goes beyond a box ticking exercise is challenging, yet necessary. Some aspects of constitutional reform will be the subject of contentious political negotiation and bargaining. Even the best of efforts, made in good faith, often yield unsatisfactory results. Nevertheless, elected representatives of the people are duty bound to consult the public who give them a mandate to draft and authorize a new constitution and therefore engage them in this process to ensure that their views are also counted. In any event, a process that involves no consultation or transparency is not acceptable within a democratic society.

2. Despite the importance of the task of drafting a new constitution for Sri Lanka, the public is disengaged from the process. Other reform processes, including reforming the electoral system are underway. Meanwhile, the recently announced proposal for a ‘One Country, One Law’ initiative gives cause for concern. It has the potential to create much anxiety among the ethnic minorities. The committee appointed for it fails to inspire confidence due to the lack of representativeness in its composition. Moreover, these processes seem to run parallel to the drafting of a constitution which is the supreme law of the land. It is not clear as to how these parallel initiatives will align with the constitutional reform exercise.

3. We also express our deep concern about the long-term negative consequences of the very idea of ‘One country, One Law’ for a multi-ethnic society. Sri Lanka’s national unity requires the recognition of pluralism within a framework of democratic constitution and a Bill of Rights.

Therefore, we urge the Government:

1. To ensure that a strong degree of accountability and transparency is maintained in the ongoing constitutional reform process. This could be ensured through regular reporting by the Committee to the Parliament and to the public.

2. To make the draft available to the public in all three languages, to accompany its distribution by a meaningful and effective constitutional literacy programme aimed at supporting the Sri Lankan citizens to engage with the draft, and to ensure that adequate time will be afforded for public debate and discussion on the draft.

3. To design a process whereby the public will get an opportunity to respond to the draft and provide inputs.

4. The constitution which is in force requires that a new constitution be approved with 2/3 majority in Parliament and by the People at a referendum. Such a referendum must be carried out in a context where Sri Lankan citizens can exercise their vote in an informed, critical and responsible manner.

 Signatories

  1. Prof Abeysinghe Navaratne Bandara
  2. Geoffrey Alagaratnam PC
  3. Dr Lionel Bopage
  4. Dr Visakesa Chandrasekaram
  5. Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy
  6. Dr Priyan Dias
  7. Rohan Edrisinha
  8. Ameer Faaiz
  9. Marshal Fernando
  10. Dr Mario Gomez
  11. Dr Kumaravadivel Guruparan
  12. Tissa Jayatilaka
  13. K W Janaranjana
  14. Dr Sakuntala Kadiragamar
  15. P Muthulingam
  16. Prof Arjuna Parakrama
  17. Prof Harshana Rambukwella
  18. Sanjayan Rajasingham
  19. Ramesh Ramasamy
  20. Shreen Abdul Saroor
  21. Dr Dinesha Samararatne
  22. Kumudini Samuel
  23. Dr Kalana Senaratne
  24. Dr Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu
  25. Prof Sumathy Sivamohan
  26. Emeritus Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda
  27. Dr Asanga Welikala
  28. Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC
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    Were the 1931, 1947, 1972 and 1978 constitution making open, public and transparent? No.

    Why should it change this time? It will not.

    SL people are divided along ethnic lines when it comes to national issues.

    Only solution is to have 3 mono ethnic independent nations in the island and relocate people.

    Until then one tribe will try to get ahead at the expense of the other two. Always.

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      What is open today ?

      Chinese ship is making rounds around the island… no body knows why ?
      .
      The chinese blacklist our banks that have made records over the decades….. the real reasoning is not yet clear.

      Nandasena travels to UK for a SUMMIT; but what happened there is not yet clear to anyone… ?

      Nandasena holds public speeches and attacks farming community not thinking twice, …. who is behind that is not yet clear… either the bugger is not supported by his advisers or … the man is shortly before his fall.
      .
      One month passed since PANDORA revealation…. though subjected to investigations, …. not a single word is in press about the investigative report yet today… MEDIA networks behave as if they fully forgot it.

      This is srilanka, which was in good shape prior to Nov 2019.
      .
      SRILANKENS ARE BORN MERCY COWS. … no doubt about that.

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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyLhR3KJZwA

        The coming colour is no good…. the current govt s dates are numbered.

        Incumbent president has not the least knowledge about the governance. Is that right to say, that any apollitical leader would be unsuccessful as Nandasena ? ::::
        :
        Litmus test is not positive becuase a man with not the least knowledge is done it…. Gotabaya may be good at killing and work with slaves, but for ruling a nation, ballige putha should not be a the candidate.

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        LLM,
        Welcome Back
        “Chinese ship is making rounds around the island… nobody knows why?”
        Await patiently, the riddle is solved, as the clouds clear to make us understand the confusion
        Chinese and their ship will do that, until SL takes a Chinese loan and repays the ‘So Called Damages’
        Next commission for the commercial rate interest loan, is valid only when the 1% is paid as commission to the ‘Fixer’
        Now we are in the same plane of the subject of Economics and Finance, without attending London School of Economics (LSE).
        Now you are in great hands to progress in the sphere of Agriculture, since the Hunter Gatherers of the Great Indus Valley Civilisation came into being as an Agricultural Societal Existence, with input from unmatched expertise from the “California Forum “and ‘China unlimited’!!
        Problem solved!!!

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          Thanks Bro Mahila,

          Gota has turned out to be a mad person today. He does not seem to know what he has been talking about. Just imagine, how he attacks his brother as one who has the person to have indebted the nation. And also he is attacking his own brother in his latest public speech.
          :
          I think the bugger has now lost his control over.

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          Bro Mahila,

          also today, that BP Aluthagamage brings arguments in favour of CHINESE shit being imported to the country. Are these not citizens of this country ? My wish is to see all these culprits be imprisoned for their deliberate high crimes. i have no faith in divine forces anymore… but I believe truths will succeed and Karma will do the job for us sooner than later.
          .

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            LM,
            “…but I believe truths will succeed and Karma will do the job for us sooner than later.
            —-
            Hope you are right and Karma will do the job for Tamil terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists and Muslim terrorists who massacred Sinhala and Tamil Catholics.

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        Dear LM: How about bringing “Nagananda Kodiththuwakku’s Constitution” supposed to have been drafted by “5 Eminent” persons whose names are not “Divulged” to us yet? This came to my mind when reading the above article.

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      Wonder if these folks have heard of the term LAWFARE as in War Fare? The US citizens Goat and Basil Rajapakse and the Sri Lankan SInhala Buddhist Diaspora have been weaponized against the interst of the people of the county and to create a Buddhist-Muslim ‘Clash Of Civilizations” to Divide, Distract and enable US military bases.
      How Law and legal processes including constitution making is increasingly weaponized and used against the interests of justice, truth and the people and to further the ends of the US Deepstate that today is going for “Full Spectrum Dominance” FSP in this strategic island nation of the Indian Ocean where the Americans are desperate to get a military base to monitor China and the Indian Ocean Submarine Undersea Data Cables”?
      Full Spectrum Dominnace with a Covid-19 mask includes, digitalization, vaccine mandates, surveillance, control of populations with lockdowns and Covid-18 fear psychosis bioterrorism, hybrid maritime war fare, asset stripping like Kerawelapitya power pland, land and ocean grabbing etc to ensure that Sri Lanka becomes a US colony while China is isolated and abused with the propaganda war..
      This is no Cold War. It is a hot cyber, biowar and lawfare project to divide, rule, loot and colonize using Dual Americian citizens.

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    My understand is that the new Constitution by Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already completed and ready to submit to the parliament in January? It will be passed in parliament probably with one or two days debate and definitely passed with two third majority. So, what is the point of now asking for openness, public, transparent? When 69 Million voted and more than two third elected members approved 20th amendment it is a done matter. Remember this country belongs to Rajapaksa family only because they saved this country in a war with LTTE and USA, UK and India.

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      Ajith,
      “My understand is that the new Constitution by Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already completed and ready to submit to the parliament in January? It will be passed in parliament probably with one or two days debate and definitely passed with two third majority. So, what is the point of now asking for openness, public, transparent?”
      Yes, they have 2/3 majority and they would coerce MP’s, to vote for it and pass it.
      As I have said elsewhere herein, ‘Public Consultations’ are utterly unnecessary and ‘immature attitude and political need’.
      6.9Milion would say YES, even at a Referendum to garland and institutionalise the new Constitution!
      The sacrificial Lamb, they do not know what awaits them.
      So was the 18th amendment passed, for the benefit of the people who were the Rulers and not for the benefit of the ’RULED’ – The Sovereign People of Sri Lanka.
      It will happen again, thanks to 6.9Million!
      Also thanks to Sil Redhi, Luxury Cars, and palatial abodes.
      Don’t forget the subsidised meals to MP’s, ½ Bottle Gal Arrack and Chicken Biryani for Referendum day “Luncheon”!!
      King is elated!!!
      People emancipated!!!!
      So what after that?
      Await with baited Breath, great expectations for the momentous outcome!!!!!

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        Mahila,
        “6.9Milion would say YES, even at a Referendum to garland and institutionalise the new Constitution!”

        Not unless:
        1. 13th Amendment is scrapped
        2. The country is recognized as a Unitary State
        3. No devolution of power
        4. Give special status to Buddhism
        5. One Country One Law

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    CT,
    “The President has indicated that a new constitution will be adopted in 2022. However, there is no information in the public domain as to the process that is being followed by the committee at the present moment, in developing its draft. The principles that should guide the content of the proposed constitution have not been made public either.”
    Why should the public be made aware? Nonsense!
    “People”, are there only to vote the President into power or the Peoples’ Sovereign Representatives (MPs) to parliament – “Grass Grazing Mee Harakas” – to raise their hands to vote ‘AYE’, even if no reasonable explanation is provided, as it’s most of the time!
    The dumb ‘Grass Hoppers’ do not understand the need for it even when provided.
    20th Amendment a fitting example of ‘Aththa Usanawa’ for absence of understanding the reason!!
    Grasshoppers, more interested to, “What’s the new item in Parliament canteen Menu”, provided at Tax Payer expense (subsidy).
    The other matter of interest to ‘People’ are, New Car availability, during their term to ‘finance’ forthcoming ‘Election’!!
    Ask dumb 6.9Million.
    Who cares Constitution?
    Not we, the proclaimed Law makers!!!
    Because it doesn’t affect us.
    If it does ever, we’ll change to suit us!!!!

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    Gatam,
    This is a very illogical statement. Under 20A, EP has all the rights to do all things in his way. This Multi-community Viyathmaga is asking to keep the constitutional drafting open for them. (But we don’t know that if whatever is going on is a constitution drafting operation.) As you pointed out, there was not anything open in Lankawe, ever, but this Multi-Community Viyathmaga is asking for openness for this. By the many names appearing above, it suggests that their object is only to issue a rubber stamp approval to Appe Aanduwa and hold right, in the name of People’s Sanction. Suppose if it is open, what will they do to make it not anti-minority? What did they do to stop the 20A passing, which was a reasonably open process for the public? Gnanam is also engineering a constitutional change; here they are mentioning it but not asking Gnanam to show it to them. Why? Are they scared to ask Gnanam or is it their conclusion that if Gnanam is doing something, he would do it in the proper way to minorities? Why do they call it “hidden”, anyway? You know Radhika, like people, are sworn loyal to Royals & their private consultants, too. They are acting like chasing the hare and running as the hare too, to confuse the Modayas listening to them.

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    This government has no mandate to alter the constitution. Why is these Multi Community Viyathmaha not questioning about that? The first thing they should ask from the Royals is, “When did you get the people mandate to change the constitution?” During the elections, the Old King’s campaign was “Do you want one country or Two countries?” The meaning of that is Yahapalanaya’s Secret Solution was going to split the country by changing the constitution and abolishing the EP. So, the 6.9 M voted opposing the constitutional change. The mandate this government obtained was controlling the rebelling minorities and preserving the constitution and the state’s head, the EP. The mandate this government got was against almost all constitutional changes, other than the ones like 20As, which are protecting the country’s current, voluntary dictatorship democracy. If the Hitler’s Royal Government wants to change the constitution, they need to appeal to the masses by an election, or by a referendum, or minimum, a parliament approved, official opinion poll.

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    After Old Rowdy blocked the Yahapalanaya’s Secret Solution (it was only a blockade), using the local Council election. After that Sam – Sum team broke their secret and started to blame the Old King for the failure of constitution making of the Yahapalanaya. (In between, Anura attempted to Introduce his 20A which would have prevented Sam – Sum Secret solution ever possible.) One strong point propagated by Sumanthiran PC is that about 97.4% of the voters in August. 2015 election had asked for a constitutional change, especially removal of the EP, which has been on the election manifestos of various parties, from Chandrika’s time. In addition to that, Sumanthiran has campaigned in the North that the abolished EP’s authorities were to be split to provincial, elected, heads – no appointed governors as there would be no EP to appoint them. SLFP’s promise in that election also, by removing the EP, they would create a new desirable constitution for Sinhalese. But, opportunistically, Old Rowdy turned his hat and blocked the Secret Solution. But later he partnered with Yahapalanaya to Bomb Tamil Churches to make his brother win the EP election. The point is that there was a mandate of 97.4 % voters for a constitutional change in 2015. But Old King forced to abandon it. Then they campaigned against constitutional change in the 2019 & 2020 elections.

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    Now, if they attempt to change the constitution, it is against the people mandate. This multi–Community Viyathmaha is trying to tell Aanduwa that if the Hitler Aanduwa ask them to sanction the process by allowing them to have preview, then it is ok to change the constitution without mandate.

    If the Viyathmaga approves the changes and Aanduwa changes the constitution, then who is going to change the 6.9 Sinhala Buddhist Modayas who are going to vote against it? Can we know what was the serious problem with Lord Soulbury’s constitution, so the Siri Ma O had to change it into a Buddhists only constitution? What the new miracle the new constitution is going to show that earlier all four constitutions could not do so far? Soulbury’s constitution was described as a copy of the Westminster Set Up. Isn’t even the current constitution directing for any of the missing parts to copy from the Westminster constitution? If this is right then why couldn’t they do it the other way in 1972, i.s. adding all the needed new provisions and direct the country to follow Westminster in all times other than changes introduced? If so, couldn’t the problem of racist Modaya mass forcing the government in that direction could have been avoided? After all, the Westminster Constitution is not a Dominion constitution, but a domineering constitution.

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      Not true.

      People gave a massive mandate (2/3) to this rotten government to change the constitution in 2020. That was a key promise they made.

      Sad reality.

      As with previous constitutions, minorities are totally disregarded in SL constitutions.

      Minorities can never live with equality and dignity in SL unless the island is divided into 3 mono ethnic nations and people are relocated. Until then one tribe will rule, have any constitution of their choice, amend it as they please and others will be slaves.

      Fool me once, shame on you.
      Fool me twice, shame on me.

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        GATAM,
        “Until then one tribe will rule, have any constitution of their choice, amend it as they please and others will be slaves.”
        —–
        Those who are not happy are free to use the ‘Saloon Door’. Indigenous Sinhalayo are not forcing anybody to live in their country.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “Can we know what was the serious problem with Lord Soulbury’s constitution, so the Siri Ma O had to change it into a Buddhists only constitution?”

      Soulbury’s constitution was prepared by British. After Sinhalayo gained independence, there was no need to keep a constitution prepared by a colonial ruler. Mrs. Bandaranayake changed it to a Sinhala Buddhist Constitution because Sinhale that was handed over to British in 1815 was a Sinhala Buddhist country for thousands of years. Demographic changes that occurred due to accommodating foreigners were irrelevant.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “…then who is going to change the 6.9 Sinhala Buddhist Modayas who are going to vote against it?”

      It is none of the business of Tamil Modayas.

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    Appe Aanduwas should stop blaming the constitutions from Soulbury Constitution for their dastardly acts. And this Viyathmaga should stop their cunning tactics to insert them in engineering the new Hitler Constitution. The Constitution is not doing anything wrong. That is what sage Thayumanvar said. “Nitham Nitham Neeradeal Nimalan Arulai Perumaleal, Thathum Thavalaiyum Meenkalumath Thani Peradaiya Veadavau”? (if you think that as said in the Hindu books you take daily bath and keep yourself clean and that is enough for Moksha, why are the frogs and fishes, who too are always taking bath, not going to heaven?) What can the constitution do if the voters and rulers are only the Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe’s subhuman lions? What was constitution King Asoka followed? What Tamils need is they want their country back, which was merged with Lankawe by the mistake of Lord Soulbury.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “What Tamils need is they want their country back, which was merged with Lankawe by the mistake of Lord Soulbury.”

      In the Kandyan Convention signed between indigenous Sinhalayo and British, there was no mention about a Tamil country. British took Sinhale from Sinhalayo in 1815 and returned it in 1948 with a new name.

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        Hi EE,
        You are not absolutely correct in your assumption. Deeper delving in to historical “facts”, is strongly recommended.
        King of Portugal did not cede the Jaffna Kingdom (JK) to the Malabar Kings and his Kandyan Kingdom (KC) Tamil chieftains (No more proof required as to genetics, than the signature of those in the Kandyan Convention instrument is very revealing). So the KC instrument had no power except the extent of the Kandyan Kingdom (KK) to cede to the British and the King of Great Britain. Nothing more. The British are not that stupid too to accept that, knowing it was outside the purview of the KK.
        JK had administrative control including the NW region, Pearl Fisheries and up to Puttalam/Chilaw.
        So stop trawling your wishful thinking and hypothesis divorced from reality, ‘going round and round the mulberry bush’ liken to the “broken or aged Gramophone record”, like Goebbels claiming ‘Germans are winning the WW2, even when defeat was stark naked fact’!

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    Wonder if these folks have heard of the term LAWFARE as in War Fare? The US citizens Goat and Basil Rajapakse and the Sri Lankan SInhala Buddhist Diaspora have been weaponized against the interest of the people of the county and to create a Buddhist-Muslim ‘Clash Of Civilizations” to Divide, Distract and enable US military bases after takeover of Kerawelapitiya power plant to supply the US war machine in the Indian Ocean from this strategic island. Check out the book on Brzil’s Lula and Lawfare and how the CIA weaponized Brazil’s legal system
    Law and legal processes including constitution making is increasingly weaponized and used against the interests of justice, truth and the people and to further the ends of the US Deepstate that today is going for “Full Spectrum Dominance” FSP in this strategic island nation of the Indian Ocean where the Americans are desperate to get a military base to monitor China and the Indian Ocean Submarine Undersea Data Cables”?

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    There is no need to divide the Country , nor start dividing by ethnicity , who should we ?

    Now it’s undenial fact Scientifically proved by DNA research beyound all doubts, ofcause thanks to Dr.Illeperuma, that every Indegenous Sri Lanka Sinhalese is little bit indegenous Tamil and every indegenous Tamil is little bit of Sinhalese ( like it or not ) and The Indegenous Lanka Yonaka is a unique ethnic fusion of indegenous Sinhala and indegenouTamil.

    Time has come to strip the Myths once and for all of this joke about Arab bloodline.

    These 3rd Ethnic group who have been living with the fake identity as moor which the British forced on them after borrowing it from the confused portugese , meaning they Arab decendents and now as Muslims must understand that they have been used , abused and let to killed only to meet political agendas, one by British and recent by Muslim.Congress.

    Where on earth have you ever heard of this comedy of errors., where a religous identity replaces the bloodline birthright ethnicity?

    So if a Muslims becomes an Athiest , agnostic, Buddhist or Christian , what do you call him?

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      Fahim Knight,
      “Now it’s undenial fact Scientifically proved by DNA research beyound all doubts, ofcause thanks to Dr.Illeperuma, that every Indegenous Sri Lanka Sinhalese is little bit indegenous Tamil and every indegenous Tamil is little bit of Sinhalese ( like it or not ) and The Indegenous Lanka Yonaka is a unique ethnic fusion of indegenous Sinhala and indegenouTamil.
      —-
      According to my knowledge, DNA results show how people have got mixed up but do not tell who are indigenous and who are not indigenous. Historical and archeological evidences have proved beyond any doubt that Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo are the indigenous people in Sinhale. Tamils/Dravidians came from Hindusthan as invaders, traders and coolies to work for colonial rulers. So, they are not indigenous people in Sinhale. Arab Muslims came as traders from Middle-East and Tamil Muslims came as refugees to escape persecution by Hindus in Hindusthan. When they faced persecution by Portuguese, Sinhala Buddhists saved them and allowed them to settle down in interior parts of the country. So, Muslims/Yonaka are also not indigenous people of Sinhale.

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    Pardon.typos , who.should be must be read as why Should we..

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      Sri Lankan Muslims are descended from South Indian Thamizh Hindu immigrant converts. This is why they speak Thamizh and until very recently were following Thamizh customs and a South Indian form of Islam. Even the spoken Thamizh especially down south is a South Indian Thamizh dialect. Some living down the south , mayhave some Chingkalla ancestry but this will be a minor contribution. If native Chingkalla speakers had coverted to Islam on a large scale , like the way they converted to Christianity. There will be Chingkalla speaking Muslims too. Just like the way you find Chingkalla and Thamizh Christians. Or like in India Muslims from different regions speaking different languages and following difeerent customs , as they were converted from these ethnicities. However in Sri Lanka even deep into the Chingkalla heartland , the Muslims still speak Thamizh in their homes and follow Thamizh customs, proving they are of Thamizh ethnicity. DNA has only proved that almost evryone in the island arrived from South India , at various times in history. Some arrived earlier the others much later but the origin is from the same source. Genetic contributions from other areas are minor.

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    Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne who is a signatory to this public statement and one of the key architects of drafting the Constitution during ‘Yahapalana’ Government admits that ‘They have been unsatisfactory, in terms of process as well as substance.’ What a waste of tax payers’ money.

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    Today the previous “Ambanda” Ali Sabry has become a drama king “Slave” Ali Sabry, who will now report to Gnanasara. Even if the Gazette notification is changed, still Gnanasara will have a say or should say more say than “Slave” in amending the constitution.

    If Ali Sabry is not a “Slave” then he should step out of his ministerial post and fight for the rights of the citizens of this country, especially the non-majority communities.

    “Ambanda” promised us a new constitution, now its not a new constitution, its the “Gnanasara Constitution”, has he got not shame? “Ambanda” could not even amend the Muslim marriage act, will he allow his daughter to be married off at the age of 13??

    Will he do this?

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    During ‘Yahapalana’ Government the Constitution Drafting Committee spent billions to consult people and eventually came out with a draft to divide the country into nine mini-Kingdoms and change Unitary State to a United State which was against the wishes of the majority of the people. Dalit Tamils in Yapanaya told not to give land and police powers to NPC but the architects of the constitution decided to give Land and Police powers.

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      Hi EE,
      Don’t have 9 mini Kingdoms, instead 1 big Kingdom and multiple palaces for 1 big Royal family to live and do away with the republic and democracy.
      The big Acharu will be the result, with no order or rational thinking or orderly and timely structured action.
      Strongly urge that you stop chasing shadows, Prabhakaran is dead and gone, best forgotten!!
      It is best we focus unitedly on outstanding current issues and resolve!!!
      The rains have come already and we are still debating, whether the Fertiliser ship could be allowed into port to unload the cargo.
      Dang Sapade
      Simple Fertiliser shipload handling by so called efficient, competent, intellects is proving beyond doubt their inability to manage it, without high drama of $8Million demand letter and arm twisting by Chinese!
      Then proof they are incompetent to enable new constitution!!
      Important message is that the constitution process should be an open process and no need for, “Hide and seek sellamak”, hidden influence!!!
      Why the secrecy, who is the enemy, who is going to sabotage (our constitution) from whom we are hiding it?
      Otherwise we will have a Veralu Acharu constitution like 1972 and 1978!!!!
      Futile exercise is best avoided.

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    When was anything done in Sri Lanka transparent? It never happens. Racketeers and interested parties have their say. Now I observe that the last signatory of this appeal is one Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC. Let PC really stand for President’s Counsel and not Police Constable. A fellow named Jayampathy Wickramaratne was a Minister in the Yahapalana regime who oversaw constitutional making. Were the processes undertaken then transparent and is the ex-Minister the same as this signatory? I am also reminded of various controversies surrounding the ex-Minister especially of the perks he enjoyed and requested while as a Minister. The word Transparent is a thing that is shunned by any Government of Sri Lanka and is reduced to a tool of the opposition propaganda. The danger of all this is that more and more people believe that at least a dozen of our politicians must be beheaded publicly in the Galle Face for starters if ever Sri Lanka should revive from its current morass.

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    The Muslims originating from the North East and the North West Puttalam Chilaw areas will be of 100% Tamil ethnicity. However the ones further south and in the central parts of the island, whilst being of predominant Tamil ethnic descent, will have some Sinhalese ethnicity mixed on their maternal side, as some of the Tamil men who migrated from South India would not have brought their women and would have taken local Sinhalese women for their wives and converted them to Islam and to the then prevailing Tamil Islamic customs and culture. However, even in the Sinhalese areas, the Muslims are of predominant Tamil ethnic origin., with a minor infusion of Sinhalese and other origins. This is why they always spoke Tamil and followed Tamil Islamic culture, which they brought from their original South Indian homeland and the same form of Islam that was practised in Tamil Nadu. Even Arwi language( Arabised Tamil written in the Arabic script) that was very popular at one time amongst the southern Muslims, originated in Tamil Nadu. The traditional family names of Sri Lankan Muslims, EG: Marrikar, Lebbai, Rawther, Kayalar, Pitchai, Thambi and titled like Nainar all prove their South Indian Tamil origin. These are Tamil Muslim caste names and the title Nainar is generally used by Tamil Jains but can also be used by Tamils following other religions.

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      DNA has only proven that we all originated from South Asia and that too from largely Dravidian Tamil South India. This is why the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan Muslims and even the Indian origin Tamils are genetically the same and if there is any difference it is very marginal. It has definitely proved that the Sinhalese are not Aryans and the Sri Lankan Muslims hardly have any Arab ancestry. We are all Dravidians who at one time or another converted to one religion or another and formed a different identity

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    Big commedy and tragedy. Now no point writing about Lanka as it is too too late. It is finished. Kevenis curse finally caught up. All the historric lies, bogus history, distorted nationalism, sick racism all have produced results. Only hope is to join the queue for passport and go abroad as labourers, nannies, fruit pickers and cleaners.

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    The new ammendment of the One Country One Law yet seems to have a shortfalls

    Wonder if there are Catholic members and Chairman seat need to have a Tamil( Hindu,) Sinhala Catholic and a moderate Muslim( not bias against other Islamic Schools ,branches or thoughts).

    I hope the polygamy act will be amended towards the benefit of divorcees and widows..

    Singapore amended it never abolished it.

    It would be an injustice towards divorcees / widows and those who are older and could not find a partner or women who are barren.

    Polygamy is there to protect the Vulnerable and not to let vulnerability to be abused by criminals.

    It is disturbing to note the socalled Islamic Scholars are so dogmatic that they have forgotten how to reason and defend the vulnerable.

    I am a Muslim , but do not belong to any of the local Islamic branches( Thank God ) , hope at least the young Muslims will realize its time to think and dump these Scholars, who are more interested in personal agendas and to hold onto milking Cows and then the So-called Sufis who hate every other School and Islamic branches, they are not even a Madahab? Only an extention arm of mystism ,they are not moderate at all, Farkunda’s brutal killings was by So-called Sufis.

    Any religous group remains moderate as long as long as they are checked , give them power and their real colors will be exposed.

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    Our constitution may be far from perfect, but it isn’t the great need of the hour. That is clear from the responses above.
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    Ideally we ought to keep an open mind, make constructive suggestions, and with constructive suggestions flowing in, we should be optimistic.
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    That is not the case; the authors have ended their statement with the key requirement: there must be a Referendum. It should be conducted fairly so that defeating the Constitution at the Referendum becomes the key issue for us now.
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    If we are so negative about the outcome, it is this “family-military government”, that has effective control of all branches of government, that is to blame.
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    So, from the word “go”, it is that Referendum that we are forced to focus on. Insist on that Referendum, and let’s start educating the public on the dangers posed by a flawed constitution.

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    Our constitution has been patch workerd for too long and not for the benefit of the people , but rather to subdue , rule and hold onto power.

    I say , dare to contradict me ..

    Only a new Constitution with power sharing within a carved out self administrative regions in every
    electoral within every province,
    with smart villages and towns where the residents do not have leave their areas to get any of their needs, with Citizen participation, keeping religion and governence jealously apart and ending racism, religous and all other bigotry with
    Severe fines and crushing riots mercilessly is the one and only way for a trully successful Sri Lanka.

    As long as power sharing is not endorsed where all races will be obliged to live in peace and work together to develop their own Canterns where even the most remote villages will be able to sustain and as long as religion, racial superioty are mixed with politics , I assure you this Country will not get anywhere nor prosper

    I regret to state trying to have the local government elections will be a disaster.

    What is needed is not a One country One Law, what is needed
    desperately is to let people participate in governence.

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    I could only laugh and laugh reading this naive letter! One written by the so called cream of alternative intellectuals of Sri Lanka today. Who is fooling who here?? In the last 20 years how many such letters were published? What happened? Country became even worse!! Don’t you know that any blinking constitution of Sri Lanka is not worth the paper it is written on?…under Rajapakse regime?? They rule the entire country according to Madamulana constitution, nothing else! You just check any of these things…law and order, police, judiciary, bureaucracy, …whatever it is, it is being run according to the whims and fancies of Madamulana gang. So why bother writing letters or pleading requests not to do this and that?? What difference will it bring to SL whether it is a new constitution or the existing one? It will make no difference, they will do whatever they want and the rest of the country will just be the lazy spectators! If I say the country is gone to dogs then I’m insulting that amazing breed which at least knows how to show gratitude. So just don’t bother!

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    ‘Only hope is to join the queue for passport and go abroad as labourers, nannies, fruit pickers and cleaners.’
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    What? And make the Tamils unemployed?

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      Wonder why farmers and teachers are on the street,burnt down the library brought standardizen, atrocities to ……
      We had embargo no gas, kerosine,panadol,battery. The list is lot
      Now target……

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    The way to make Sri Lanka prosper, is for the people to start with small steps of self decipline and honoring and helpping eachother.

    It can begin with giving way for other Vehicles to overtake by taking the foot off the gas peddle, not driving accross the road but taking alittle trouble to drive upto the next -U turn and taking the turn , drive within the speed limit .
    Ofcause we can never expect this from trucks and mostly Containers who drive speeding.breaking all laws , best is to keep.ateast 5 feet distance from.Containers who are the main cause of Traffic jams but for some reason for the 1st time in Sri Lanka Containers & trucks are permitted 24 hrs a day with no speed limits.

    There are lot of things people can do for eachother,.but first racism and bigotry must end,.it is a very hard task to accomplish,
    So far only LKY was able to wipe it out, but its raising its ugly head again in Singapore in small numbersof anti brown skin and LKY predicted it.

    Only the people of the land can end it .

    Its the peoples choice , no political leader will dare confront or agitate any religous leader in asian nations.

    So only people can change it.
    It is all to do with attitude.

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    One Country one law will not bring anything good , it will cause more cultral issues and possible of vigilence groups being formed by certain elements and abuse the One Country one Law be harming the vulnerables.
    I can not comprehend the logic behind denying the rights of a segment of people , including among The Majority in a democratic and multi- Cultral nation, noone can deny the multicultralism of this Island nation.
    It is never viable , because we are emotional beings and such laws will not be sucessful , we humans will always have a tendency to be bias.
    ..Local elections and this one Country law will end all hopes of recovery .

    Regret very much

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    For me A. Sabry, stands for Ambanda Sabry. Mr. Ambanda Sabry, you are a better actor than Rajanikanth and Amitabh Bakshan both put together. You played a nice drama with regards to the resignation letter to the President re: Gnanasara. In the end, you saved your Ministerial position and Gnanasara is still there. Why did you protest? Is it because a Buddhist monk was appointed to chair the Task Force or was it because Gnanasara was the Chair. I am sure and you too will agree that your protest did not have anything to do with a Buddhist Monk being the Chair, it was Gnanasara who pricked you.

    Your drama had another scene, your draft bill will be evaluated by the Task Force so the Task Force is above you. Do you truly believe that it’s not the cast still? Do you think Gotabaya will listen to you at the end more than he listens to the Task Force appointed by him? You know the answer I do not have to spell it out.

    MrAmbanda, sad you are nothing better than Rauff Hakeem who played a drama during 20A asking his MPs to vote for 20A and him not voting. Be honest with the Muslim population of the country. One thing I will give it to you, you are a better drama actor than Rajanikanth and Amitabh Bakshan both put together!

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