18 April, 2019

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Provincial Participatory Role Symbolizes Good Governance

By Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ayathuray Rajasingam

The issue at the coming General Election is whether Good Governance will be given priority. Promising of a new constitution to demonstrate good governance would be meaningless, as any new constitutions will have to abide by the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord, unless it is abrogated by both India and Sri Lanka. The purpose of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord is to promote Provincial Participatory role to encourage good governance and discourage the call for secession.

In a Federal system, each level of government has its own direct relationship with the citizens. Though the power is dispersed, it is the coordination between the Central Government and the Provincial governments that germinates good governance. This symbolizes the protection of pluralism as well as the rights of the individual against an over-powerful government. Good governance marks the beginning of righteousness.

Federalism also protects regional interests to some extent. The benefit of Federalism is that Provinces have their ability to manage and administer the geographical areas. This is been misunderstood by the JVP and other politicians that it would lead to separation and be a threat to National Security. If they realize that making good decisions overtime across a spectrum of economic, social and other areas and exercising power for the benefit of the people and the country (which is good governance), they cannot give valid reasons that Federalism would be a threat to National Security. If one thinks the Provincial participatory role in a positive manner, he will realize that Federalism denotes solidarity. Both Provincial participatory role and good governance are interwoven. The conflict of East-West ideologies prevailing among the politicians should not be an obstacle. What is required is a reform in the political transformation that should address towards democratization and pluralism in the nature of promoting Provincial participatory role.

Maithri WigneswaranIf they avoid the issue of the Provincial participatory role, it signals that they intend to mislead the public in order to conceal their corruption. This is what happened till to date. Provincial participatory role also can give birth to the granting benefits including pensions to non-government servants. The presence of Provincial governments administering local issues make Nations much easier to manage. In this context, all Provincial governments meet regularly and communicate with one another through formal and/or informal means, i.e. through the departments of inter-governmental affairs, for which there can be a Minister in the Cabinet. This is one way of establishing a confident building measures. In this context, the appreciating factor of Federalism is the recognition of different types of political issues with the creation of regular Departments of inter-governmental affairs, which could be carried out by a Cabinet Minister. But in Sri Lanka, the Central government places restrictions in order to conceal the corruption of the Ministers and their supporters, thus sending a message of good governance in crisis.

Provincial participation has the characteristics of bringing even the rivals of strengthening the unity of the country for which good governance is a must. Transparency is a key element of good governance. Accountability and the rule of law requires openness and good information which allows the administrative sector to verify performance and compliance to law. But this element of transparency has become a question mark during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime.

Since independence, Sri Lanka was unable to rectify after receiving opinions and views from all segments of the society without discrimination. Even after the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord, Sri Lanka was seen unaccountable to all segments of society on account of the clumsy handling of the corrupted politicians. On the contrary, the North East Provinces were demerged posing a question mark on good governance. During the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa poor governance manifested the inability to maintain law and order to control the sporadic eruptions of political instability and violence. As a result it had experienced suspicion from certain segments of the society and caused a negative impact on the economic growth.

If Provincial participatory role is to be given priority for strengthening the democracy, there is no need to have a mega Cabinet. It is sufficient to have not more than 20 Ministers in the Cabinet, when some segment of the society are engaged in illegal activities. The recent deaths of Muslims in Syria raises an issue whether Islamic terrorism had encroached within the Sri Lankan communities. It cannot be forgotten that a Deputy Registrar of Persons was engaged in issuing National Identity Cards some years back as well as the praising of Bin Laden after their Friday prayers by the Islamic communities when the Twin Tower was attacked. As there are reported news items about the families of the deceased which left either for Pakistan or Iraq, the issue is whether the relevant authorities and some politicians are aware of it. This is only a beginning of vulnerable children being at risk of Islamic radicalization and eventually drawn in to terrorism. Terrorism begins with the process of radicalization. One ponders about the good governance if such politicians are given places in the cabinet.

As the economic development was retarded by the corrupt politicians during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, it is essential is to find out the remedy to improve the economic conditions. As such, it is essential to focus not on the problems, but on the possibilities which would create more opportunities to strengthen Sri Lanka. It is not late for the politicians to reconsider on Federalism which respects the areas of Provincial jurisdiction and sends the signal for the establishment of a formal mechanism for Provincial output into the development of a country. Federalism invites the Provinces to take part in international negotiations. If Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithiripala Sirisena can take a bold step for the establishment of a formal mechanism for Provincial output, Sri Lanka need not worry about sending labourers to Middle-East countries and face tragedies like in the case of Rizana. Briefly Federalism is about collaboration with Provincial Governments. Such Federalism will not only strengthen the good governance but also nullify the call for secessionist movements. It is time for Ranil Wickremesinghe to act as a Statesman and shed all differences and stretch a friendly arm towards C. V. Wigneswaran in the best interests of the country. Even some of the Tamil politicians in the TNA and UNP like Vijayakala Maheswaran should remember that the Parliament is a holy place and not to deviate towards cheap politics as they are not well versed in Provincial Participatory role.

Had due importance been given to the Provincial Governments, it would be clear that transparent decisions-making is a vital element or necessity for exploitation of Provincial natural resources in compliance with the laws of the country. Transparent decisions make help the public to verify performance and encourage private sector for investments which will be beneficial for the country. Transparent decisions-making will deny room for incidents such as an assault on a Tamil engineer who exercised his duty in compliance with engineering standard and the throwing of stones at the Magistrates Court in Mannar by supporters of former Minister Rishard Badurdeen are cases in point.

Canada, USA, India, Switzerland and some other Federal countries have sent the message that the issue of good governance can only be recognized in a federal structure, which ensures the quality life of the citizens. Political leaders in Sri Lanka which practises pluralism, have to realize that it is in Federalism, good governance plays a pivotal role as a determinant factor of the sustainability and strength of democracies. Both Ranil Wickremesinghe and C.V. Wigneswaran have a formidable task of reminding the Sri Lankans that the grant of necessary powers and allocation of adequate funds to the Provinces for exploiting the natural resources have become a must, since Provinces are accountable for their decisions and performances, which would eventually pave way for strengthening of the unity of the country. If powers are given to the Provincial governments they can play a participatory role which again would involve consultation in the development of policies and decisions-making in the best interests of the country. It is this element of Provincial participatory role that encourages both the Central government and the Provincial governments to know about the needs and priorities of the people of the respective Provinces and lead to good governance.

The system of Checks and Balances can be demonstrated through Provincial participatory role. The different levels of Provincial governments and the Central Government can act as a check on one another in the exercise of political authority which is a must in Sri Lanka. This would enable a Federal structure with a more diverse and stable environment for investment and economic development which would provide a new protection of the rights of the individual. Qualified members of the TNA and UNP can discuss on this subject and could arrive at a meaningful conclusion for the benefit of the country, instead giving promises of special programmes for economic development for North and East. This would mark the beginning of good governance.

Both the Sinhalese and Tamil speaking communities should avoid themselves in falling prey to emotional speeches of narrow-minded politicians whose main aim is to be in power and lead a luxurious life. As Federalism leads to a better tomorrow in a multi-racial country, the issue before the Sri Lankans is whether good governance as promoted through Federalism would resolve the conflict through peaceful means, while it is history that Unitary in Sri Lanka resolved issues through coercion of war symbolizing corruption.

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    Well written. It is true that Sri Lanka has become a failed State because of these corrupted politicians making good governance a question mark. Sri Lankan political leaders have to follow Singapore.

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    It is unfortunate that there are some blacksheeps among the Tamil politicians as well as among the Muslim politicians who do not have any stuff in their head, but merely barks. I was just wondering as to why they cannot listen to C.V.Wigneswaran who is always prepared to demonstrate what good governance is. This is the hour C.V.Wigneswaran can give a good account of Federalism and I am sure the Sinhalese would listen to him.

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    “It is time for Ranil Wickremesinghe to act as a Statesman and shed all differences and stretch a friendly arm towards C. V. Wigneswaran in the best interests of the country.”

    We can only hope that after the elections Wigneswaran and other Tamil politicians will accept the offer of cooperation and reconciliation.

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      Heretic,

      “accept the offer of cooperation and reconciliation ” Who is offering this? Can you provide some evidence?
      Thanks

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    There again the foul mouth Ayyathurai sprays his racist venom.
    Very unfortunate this man given a platform for his racist agenda in CT!!!!

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    Corruptions of the Muslim politicians are well exposed. There will be corruptions among other politicians as well. It is a shame for such Muslim politicians to bring disgrace to their community. It is time for liberal Muslims to come forward and join hands with C.V.Wigneswaran. Ranil also should make new alliance with C.V.Wigneswaran and liberal Muslims along with D.M.Swaminathan to demonstrate good governance. This is a good issue at the forthcoming General Election.

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    Ayathurai Rajasingham, The HATER, hater of ‘Muslim’and hater of anything and anyone not Hindu and not Tamil, is deaf dumb and blind, to all that is good among those that he hates. He will clutch on to any gossip to blame anyone but Prabakaran.

    Ayathurai, why dont you simply die? If you do, the world will be a much better place.

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      No, he wont die. You yourself said he hates everything that is good, except Prabakaran. He will somehow keep his [Edited out]

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        Funlover,
        I agree with you. God wanted something to be done through him. There is an unknown reason God wanted some people alive. Anyway we should be thankful to him for exposing some truths which cannot be digested by the extremists.

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      Very true. This world will be a better place without him.

      He spits out his venom on all Muslims based on the criminal activity of certain individuals who should have been taken to task if they had done wrong to the country. Why cannot he write anything decent without castigating Muslims. He writes of SL Muslims praising Bin Laden after Jumma prayers, when the attacks on ‘twin towers’ took place, which sends a wrong and hurtful message about SL Muslims to the rest of the world. This guy is all cock and bull spewing concocted lies with no evidence to prove his poisoned pen point. In fact it was the reverse, where our Muslim brothers were amongst the first to repeatedly condemn this dastard and cowardly attack on innocent lives, and vehemently protested that this not about Muslims and Islam.

      He must be having illusions and has deftly made a connection SL Muslims with some Muslims living in certain other countries which were ‘under the jackboot’ of Zionist control, who distributed sweets and danced on the streets, just to vent their frustration at USs’ Mid-Eastern policies. Typical of his style of writing.

      In another instance, suddenly with no connecting flow of thought process what-so-ever and completely out of context and out of the blues he blurts ‘Sri Lanka need not worry about sending labourers to Middle-East countries and face tragedies like in the case of Rizana’. Yes, then why not send them laborers elsewhere to other countries instead, or why not write about sending professionals only and stop sending laborers if you are genuine and truly care about their well being and welfare. Afterall they are sending their females to work in foreign lands which are completely alien to their own culture. They also happen to be the most vulnerable as they are the weakest when it comes to fighting against injustice, let alone putting up a fight against any advances made to their honor, chasteness, purity and innocence. They are bound by the laws of those countries and it is well known that even the King has limited power and control, when the aggrieved party wants nothing but justice, unlike in many in the so called ‘modern’ democracies.

      This scribe is well known to spike his deadly cocktail to spite Muslims even from his very first article he wrote in CT forums. Personally, there is no joy in reading his two cents worth, since I know he is a snake under the grass waiting to strike and I only search out his potent venom and expose his modus operandi. He is paid member of an anti-Muslim tribe and makes no qualms about it.

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        Marwan,
        Have you not read about the ‘Provincial output into the development of the country’. If this is done, don’t you think Sri Lanka need not rely on Middle-East jobs. This will save millions of Sri Lankans rather than suffering and beheading without a fair trial in Saudi Arabia. Don’t you think that helpless girls like Rizana will be happier if attention is focussed on the Provincial output into the development of Sri Lanka. You also will be benefited. Women need not meet cruel punishment.

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        Marwan,
        There is also a reported news item which states that a leading businessman who later turned out to be a leading international drug leader has been a member of the ISIS. According to Sri Lanka Police, he is an international drug peddler and has donated the income earned from this drug business for terrorist activities.
        Apparently there is also a news item of a bomb explosion in a train at Chilaw, where an employee has found a bag with the letters ISIS. What was surprising this bomb explosion took place shortly after Mahinda Rajapakse left.
        Are these incidents not sending a message that Islamic terrorism is about to encroach in Sri Lanka and what is the position of the Muslim politicians. If Marwan & Indra denies, why not verify from the Sri Lanka Police. A crisis in good governance is going to be crucial issue at this hour. Are these incidents not a beginning of vulnerable children being at risk of being drawn into Islamic radicalization and terrorism. I am not accusing, but what is the position of Muslim politicians. Even there are reports that Hisbullah was monitoring the activities of US Embassy from his Ministry. Can you clear the doubts.

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      Indra,
      Death is something that God should decide. There were two attempts on his life, but God protected him. I am sorry to state that it appears from your tone, you are taking the line of ISIS. Even ISIS cannot touch him. ha ha ha.

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        Rama

        Can you please explain why two attempts have been made to kill Ayathurai. Because he was a good man? May be someone was hurt by Ayathurai’s limitless hate.

        His hate for anything or anyone that is not Tamil oozes from his every pore. When he opens his mouth he must be creating a million enemies, even the humble fly.

        I am not ISIS and also I did not threaten to kill him. I only suggested that he should die of his own accord doing the world a favour. Hope you understand the difference.

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          Indra,
          I think you should get rid of backward thinking. I find this is a sensible article at this crucial hour.

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    Indra you are the hater here! atleast Mr. Ayathuray Rajasingam has some important messages to convey unlike you spreading hatred , which is very pathetic.

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      Can you name one “important message” that has been conveyed in this Article?

      CT readers can only perceive that the HATER has an “important” mission, that is to to spread hate about everything except “Tamil” and “Hindu”

      Please read the last 10 articles written by AYATHURAI THE HATER and tell CT readers you still dont feel he is a hate monger.

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    Indra, Marwan & MirakRajBanda,
    I do not find anything offensive against anyone except the corrupted politicians. He has exposed the truths. Do you all want to deny that two Muslims from Sri Lanka who died in Syria are not true. The writer has already indicated the truth about a Muslim Deputy Registrar of Persons of issuing fake National Identity Cards and is languishing in jail. Everyone has become alert now. I think you all should corporate with the Police and abide by the laws of the country.
    Why don’t you all touch the substance of Good Governance for which corrupted Ministers have been obstacles. He has also mentioned that Federalism denotes solidarity, which means everyone has a participatory role. Just watch how the Western politicians act in the best interests of their countries. Think positively. Had you all given reasons that Federalism in no way does not provide room for Good governance, then anyone can analyze it. Your allegations only give an impression that you all are interested in protecting Sharia Laws which appears is contrary to democracy.

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      Ayathurai has exposed nothing but the stench under his veshti. In these very delicate political times, Ayathurai throws up Federalism, just to give Rajapakse a golden opportunity to scream the Tigers are coming for the purpose of reducing the electoral chances of Maithri and Ranil. This guy is a hater. I told you. Hater. He wants to prevent every good that can come in the way of Sri Lanka. For God’s sake, he does not live here, why the hell does he want talk politics, and most of the time hateful communal politics? He is a bastard.

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    It is a brilliant explanation of Good Governance which is only through Federalism. After all he has clearly stated that Federalism indicates solidarity and not separation. All Sinhalese should read this and dispel their misunderstandings and fear of Federalism. Nothing was achieved in Unitary in Sri Lanka except the politicians who earned fat commissions. I think whoever wins this election will have to ignore the corrupted politicians. Colombo Telegraph, thank you very much for presenting an excellent article at this hour.

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    I think C.V.Wigneswaran, D.M.Swaminathan, Ranil Wickremasinghe, and some UNPers should work together for a strong Sri Lanka and enlighten the people. They should relief the burden of the people and expose the corrupted politicians. In all probabilities, it appears that Ranil will win the election if he extends a friendly arm towards the TNA.

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    Anju,
    I think, your argument trying to build a connection between provincial output and federalism or the inter-relationship of Good Governance is totally a mess. It is the good governance that has the potential to bring regional development. However, It doesn’t necessarily mean that we need the so-called Federalism. I think if we could convert the prevailing governance structures and institutions into a real public intervention mechanisms, that would confirm the regional output as such to mean the public aspiration. This reality is equal to all the races, all the regions or provinces in Sri Lanka rather than the so-called federalism which promote yet another public fund squandering power hierarchy!

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      Aruna,
      What is the mess in Federalism. See what is happening in Canada, Switzerland, India and other federal countries. Can you give me a valid answer as to what is wrong with Federalism. The writer states that Federalism indicates solidarity. Do you think mega cabinet will provide the remedy to the ethnic issue. He has also indicated that about the Provincial output into the development of the country. He has correctly stated that Federalism is about collaboration with the Provincial governments. If they ignore this truth, corrupted politicians will be the cause of good governance. We have to think positively.

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    Anju,
    Politics or politicians are ‘performative’. i.e. the notion of subject, the way we talk and the way we realize them. But what we lack is a precise system and a process of changing that system to meet the aspirations of generations over generations. The prevailing political frameworks and may not fit into the challenging demands of the future. Similarly, I believe that the ‘nationalism’ boundaries will not be static whether it be Sinhala or Tamil. Any remedial actions without accepting these realities will not realize the ultimate materialism or spirituality that seeks by a society or individual.

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