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Selected Writings - Dr. Adrian Wijemanne
Scots and Tamils
Hotsprings, 1 December 1997
There is a parallel between the political experience
of the UK and Sri Lanka, which seems to be little appreciated in
both countries. Both countries are not homogneous entities they ae
made up of diffent people who constitute the majority of the
resident population in compact, well demarcated territories within
each contry. In the UK they are Scottish, Welsh and Irish people in
Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland rspectively. In Sri Lanka the
Tamil people in the north-east provinces.
The attitude of the English to all this posturing and threats to leave the union in not one of murderous hostility. On the contrary it is one of rather amused disbelief that these three people can go it alone in the modern world and pay their way. In the streets I have asked english acquaintances whether they wish to wage war to prevent the break-up of the union and recieved responses which though pilite, left on doubt that such question could only have been asked by a barbarian. I have abondened these attempts in order to save genuine friendship.
The World's history does not contain a single
example of devolution, however extreme, buying off a natin's
aspiration for sovereign independence. The Sinhala nationaists in
Sri Lanka who make this point hve history on their side. Where they
go wrong is their conviction that where devolution is certin to
fail, all-out military suppression will succeed. The lessons of
history is that neither works. That is way all peace making efforts
from Palestine to Mindanao have aimed for rational accommodation
with armed independence movements continuing to retain their arms
and territory after the settlement. Nothing else has been found to