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.
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