A Case for the Third Republic

Mohan K. Tikku

If the JVP and the Tamil Tiger leaders were somehow to find themselves locked up in the same room, about the only thing they would be able to agree upon without much difficulty would be the need to rewrite Sri Lanka’s present Constitution. But then the agreement would end there for their particular ideas on how the Constitution should be changed remain all their own.

The Tamil Tigers see the present Constitution as a document designed to frustrate any plan for self-rule for the Tamils. They also see it as something in the making of which the Tamils were neither consulted nor their demands and aspirations addressed. This perception is not confined to the more militant among the Tamils, but is widely ...

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