Much acrimony and confusion surrounds the impending Northern Provincial Council election. Its quite wearying to wade through the issues and controversies but the process itself exposes a few truths.
That it was with much reluctance that the Government went ahead with it is obvious. It was long overdue and they had resisted all previous calls to hold the polls. Local events being unchanged, it is most likely therefore, that foreign pressure, more effective these days because of the upcoming CHOGM conference that caused the poll to be called. The fact that we must rely on external forces to hold a Government to its constitution says a lot about the state of Governance.
There has been scare mongering by the Government about the Provincial Councils but this has not barred it from holding similar elections elsewhere. In many instances they have been called early, signalling a positive eagerness on the part of the Government. Why then the special problem with the Northern province?
If the system itself seems acceptable by the Government in other provinces, the only problem must be the Tamils. It is not a provincial council per-se that is the issue, it is a Tamil provincial council. This exposes the latent suspicion that the GoSL has of the Tamils. The question is, if there is so little trust can any meaningful relationship exist?
The controversial proclamations by the TNA, which are apparently popular, expose the fault-lines that exist within society. All this time they lay hidden, beneath the happy veneer being painted by the propaganda. Now exposed, no one seems to be posing the fundamental question as to where the reconciliation stands.
Right or wrong, there appears to be yawning chasm in expectations. Has this widened or diminished since the war? We have absolutely no idea.
This leads to the conclusion that basic questions have not been addressed properly. If no resolution has taken place, will these not resurface? Is the only solution a suppression of the issues? Is this what reconcilation and normalcy is about?
A sensible Government should be asking themselves some serious questions. Unfortunately, no one, least of all the Government, seems to be doing this.