Fruits of an Elec­toral Vic­tory

The re­mark­able elec­tion vic­tory of the Tamil Na­tional Al­liance and the for­ma­tion of its first pro­vin­cial govern­ment in the north­ern Tamil heart­land has trig­gered a fresh con­fronta­tion with the govern­ment.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Huza­ima Bukhari & Dr. Ikra­mul Haq

The Tamil Na­tional Al­liance’s elec­tion vic­tory in Sri Lanka’s north­ern Tamil heart­land has rekin­dled hopes for self-rule.

The land­slide vic­tory of the Tamil Na­tional Al­liance (TNA), a coali­tion com­pris­ing mod­er­ate Tamils, for­mer Tamil Tiger mil­i­tants and their op­po­nents, in the elec­tion of the semi-au­ton­o­mous North­ern Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil con­firms that the hearts and minds of the peo­ple can­not be won by sheer use of force. To en­sure peace in trou­bled so­ci­eties where eth­nic and com­mu­nal el­e­ments are at war, it is es­sen­tial to give jus­tice to all and pro­tect the rights of mi­nori­ties. How­ever, on a re­cip­ro­cal ba­sis, the mi­nori­ties should also re­frain from vi­o­lence and raise their voice against in­jus­tice, through demo­cratic means.

The re­mark­able elec­toral win of the TNA – it won 30 out of the 38 seats – and the for­ma­tion of their first pro­vin­cial govern­ment in Sri Lanka’s

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