By M.A.Sumanthiran: Last Sunday I asked the question whether Tamils in this country can be glibly asked to 'forget the past' and move forward. Today I wish to list out the promises made to the Tamil people and their representatives, particularly after the General Election of April 2010. It must be remembered that President Rajapaksa did not win in the North and the East, although he got a clear mandate from the rest of the seven provinces at the Presidential Election held in January 2010. In fact, he did not win in Nuwara Eliya District and Colombo Municipal limits. Basically his mandate was only from the Sinhala majority of this country. A telling result, after he claimed to have freed the Tamil people from the clutches of terrorism!
The government is also continuously engaged in a false campaign against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), accusing it of being the cause for the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) not commencing its work. This is far from the truth. The TNA has fully co-operated in the process of setting up of the PSC, albeit, with reservations. It is the conduct of the government that has made it impossible to commence the PSC deliberations, despite the TNA being willing to make compromises at least three times, in order to break the dead-lock and move forward. The following historic narrative will make this clear:
Evolution of a political settlement
The TNA made a public request in Apr [மேலும்]