Friday, October 31, 2008

The Tigers Strike Back!

The Tamil Tigers, pushed back by a major military offensive, showed they still have the strength to hit back with air raids on a military base in the northeast region of Mannar and a power station in Colombo which plunged the Sri Lanka's capital into darkness.

The Air Tigers is the air force of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.The Air Tigers were revealed on 2007 when it conducted its first air raid on the Sri Lankan Air Force base. Since then they have conducted four other air raids. The Tamil Tigers are the first and only rebel organization in the world to establish a fully functional air force with an estimated possession of five light aircrafts.


2007 March: Tamil Tigers launch their first confirmed air raid, hitting a military base next to the international airport.

2007 April : Two international airlines suspend flights to Sri Lanka following another air raid by Tamil Tigers.

2008 Oct : Tamil Tigers launch air raids on a power plant in Colombo and a military base in the northeast.

The Tiger air attacks came as government forces stepped up their own air strikes against the guerrillas inside their de facto mini-state in the north.

The LTTE will continue to strike back even if they are defeated thus the Sri Lankan Government should realise that there is no miltary solution for this conflict and sincerely work towards lasting peace through negotiations with the LTTE. Consessions will have to be made for a long lasting peace.


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sie.kathieravelu said...

All these happened due the system of governance that is prevailing. Even the implementation of the much sought 17th amendment cannot salvage the country from the utter mess it is today.
It is because “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” has taken over everything and is eating away the fundamentals of civilization. Wide spread corruption and mismanagement of public institutions is found all over the world. It is not peculiar to Sri Lanka which ranks 94 out of 180 countries. Though Sri Lanka is not at the “top” it is NOT at the bottom. Someone said that it has become part of the culture or an integral part of the system.
So, what is the remedy?. The remedy is to change the system of governance itself into one that will not accept “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” as a partner. Once “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” is eradicated nearly 80% of the problems of any country would have been solved, and the balance 20% can be sorted-out easily because “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” the four pillars supporting evil society is not a partner in the governing system.
In the present system of governance one set of elected representatives of the party (supposed representatives of the people) are empowered with all the powers to rule the country degrading the sovereignty of the people from the status of “citizens of the country” to one of “subjects of the country”.
So, separate the powers now exercised by the parliament and empower small and different groups of people’s representatives (not party representatives) to do their duty given by the people through each part of the separated power in a part of the country. That means no single group of elected peoples representatives would be having the full power even over a small part of the country. They (any one group) can only act according to the specific set of powers given to achieve a specific object of a work. This is the basic difference between my proposal and that envisaged for “gramarajya” by Mahatma Gandhi. During the time of Mahatma Gandhi “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” was there but not visible to this extent and so he proposed a fully fledged village council “gramarajya” (similar to that of “Gamsabah” in ancient Sri Lanka) . But now “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” has become an “acceptable culture” and to be a partner in the governance of the country.
SO WE WILL HAVE TO FIND WAYS AND MEANS OF ERADICATING BRIBERY, CORRUPTION, INJUSTICE and DISCRIMINATION, FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE TO PREVAIL IN ANY COUNTRY and one way is the above mentioned separation of powers that have been usurped in by the present parliament and each set of these powers be handled solely in the interest and for the benefit of the people by different sets of peoples representatives elected by different groups of people in restricted areas. This system similar to having different ministries/departments for different functions – Administration, Fiscal Management, Development, Planning, Auditing, Law and Order etc. The only difference in this system is that instead of an individual being conferred with the powers by the Executive President to do a job, the people would directly confer the powers to a group of persons to carry-out a specific set of duties which cannot be changed by any individual.
The basic idea in the above suggestions is to eradicate bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination. The groups will be directly elected from a village basis to national basis with planning at the village level with the needs of the village being given top priority and the powers, duties and functions now vested or usurped in by parliament be SEPARATED and different and distinct powers, duties and functions be given to different and distinct groups of representatives directly elected by the people at different levels of groupings. These powers, duties and functions MUST NOT OVERLAP and the different groups of representatives are connected to form one unit - the Parliament.
It is not the present federal or quasi-federal system in India or the Provincial Government system in Sri Lanka, where there is a Central Government directly elected by the people with powers to dismiss State/Provincial Governments which too are directly elected by the people.
In the present system of democracy (in every part of the world) one elected institution is above/below another elected institution and powers, duties and functions of the institution above are DELEGATED to the institution below and powers overlap and power is shared vertically - one above/below another - from Delhi/Colombo unto a remote village Panchayat/Council. People elect and authorize an elected body to administer a specified area BUT the powers to administer that area are DELEGATED by Delhi/Colombo, which retains the power to withdraw at its whims and fancies.
In the proposed/suggested system, nor elected institution is above/below another elected institution and cannot be dismissed by any other elected institution. All institutions are in the same level horizontally and enjoy equal rights given directly by the people.
The powers to perform and administer the duties and functions specifically assigned to each elected institutions is directly given by the people who elected the institutions and not by another institution or individual directly elected by the people. This is a great deviation from the present system.