The article on the Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) by Professor Sornarajah is excellent, but fails to acknowledge one reality, which is that the Cease-fire Agreement obligated the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to rehabilitiate the NE and restore it to its pre-war condition. Funds for this reconstruction are certainly not coming from the GOSL, but without acceptance of the ISGA by the GOSL, the promised international aid will probably not be forthcoming either.
Unless we can convince the international community to send the aid due to us directly, regardless of what the GOSL does, we cannot obtain the much needed finances to help in relief, rehabilitation and restoration of the region to its pre war condition - one of the most important tasks at hand for the peace process. The international community seems bent on inducing the GOSL to comply by signing the ISGA agreement, and will not jump from that position to recognizing the realities of the need to offer us the aid directly.
by Wakeley Paul
It is both disheartening and frustrating to realize that every Sinhalese government since 1948 has failed to acknowledge that one cannot possibly unify those who are governed by the politics of exclusion. These Sinhalese governments have drifted aimlessly and remained continually disconnected to the realities on the ground by subordinating themselves to a clergy who dream their dreams of Sinhalese supremacy in ivory towers. Whenever religion dominates national policy, the rulers become immune to reality by believing that their policies are inspired by a higher power that no one else can either comprehend or challenge. They are consumed by their irrational belief that they cannot do wrong. They blandly ignore those who give political voice to the disenfranchised. They refuse to draw the disenfranchised into the political process and thereby create the backbone for an insurgency.
Instead of the Sinhalese pleading mea culpa for what happenned in 1983, they should plead ignorance on how to inspire unity. They have done everything in their power to induce the disenfranchised to demand separation; and now have the audacity to blame the separatists for demanding separation! They should instead, be blaming none other than themselves for dividing the island into two nations. Having done so, they should reject the absurdities projected by the Sinhalese extremists, including the monks, and face the reality that division is now a hardened and irrevocable reality. They should do everything in their power to allow themselves to admit that unity is dream that they frustrated and that dream is now lost.
Posted July 6, 2005