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Sri Lanka votes for change

So Rajapakse lost the election for the post of President of Sri Lanka. He gambled and was confident of re-election by amending the constitution and also advancing the elections by two years. The new President, Maithripala Sirisena, worked with him in his administration but quit, knitted support from other opposition parties and won the election. A major factor for this appears to be the Tamils in northern Sri Lanka and the Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka registering their protest by voting against Rajapakse.

Rajapakse brought to end the civil strife and the threat of cession by LTTE led by Prabhakaran. By strong ruthless action the Sri Lankan army decimated LTTE and killed Prabhakaran. After decades, peace returned to Sri Lanka and there was focus on re-building and development.

Understandably, the scars of a ruthless war cannot be erased easily. The unequal treatment to the Tamils needed to end and the country should safeguard the rights of this sizeable section of its population. The new President should set about redressing the injustices done to the Tamils and endeavour to take them along in building the country’ strengths.  His initial actions would be watched with interest by the several organisations in Tamil Nadu that have been deeply involved with the Tamils cause in Sri Lanka.

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