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Critical Examination of NPP’s Stance on Key Issues Raised by Anura Kumara Dissanayake


Prominent Human Rights Activist and Columnist Kishali Pinto Jayawardana raises five  key points to be reflected upon by the NPP leadership


Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the presidential candidate of the National People’s Power (NPP), recently made a statement in Jaffna asserting that he did not intend to secure votes by making promises related to contentious issues like the ’13 plus’ or a ‘federal solution.’ This declaration prompts a closer look at the NPP’s public stance regarding these issues, as well as other pressing concerns such as the militarization of the Sri Lankan State.

Questioning Blind Loyalty to Rhetoric:

The core dysfunctions affecting constitutional democracy in Sri Lanka have profoundly marginalized various ethnic communities, including the Sinhala majority, as well as Tamil and Muslim minorities. The exploitation of ethnic tensions by political figures, notably the Rajapaksas, has perpetuated injustices and fostered blind loyalty to rhetoric, regardless of its harmful consequences.
Reflecting on Animal Farm Charades:

The dynamics reminiscent of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” underscore the perilous journey towards totalitarianism, characterized by a blind society following misguided leaders. The ruination witnessed under past presidencies, including that of the Rajapaksas, highlights the urgent need for accountability and transparency in governance.
Challenges in Previous Governance Reforms:

Previous attempts at governance reform, such as the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, faced challenges and ultimately failed to uphold democratic principles. The political establishment’s resistance to checks and balances, as demonstrated by President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s refusal to appoint key officials, reveals deep-rooted obstacles to democratic progress.
NPP’s Position on Constitutional Justice:

The NPP’s commitment to constitutional democracy comes under scrutiny, particularly regarding its stance on issues like transitional justice, peaceful protest rights, and police accountability. Concerns persist regarding the party’s approach to addressing grievances and ensuring justice for all citizens, especially those marginalized or victimized by past injustices.
Transparency and Accountability Measures:

Transparency and accountability measures, such as public declaration of assets and liabilities by NPP leaders and disclosure of party funding sources, remain outstanding. The absence of concrete steps to address corruption and promote party accountability raises doubts about the NPP’s ability to deliver on its promises of systemic change.
In conclusion, while the NPP espouses rhetoric of transformative change and a break from the past, critical questions linger regarding its stance on key issues and its commitment to upholding democratic principles. As Sri Lanka grapples with financial challenges and societal divisions, the need for genuine reform and responsible governance has never been more pressing.

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