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After the FallSri Lanka in Victory and War$
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Mohan K. Tikku

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001

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The Game Changer

The Game Changer

(p.15) 1 The Game Changer
After the Fall

Mohan K. Tikku

Oxford University Press

Mahinda Rajapakse came to the Presidency on a promise of bringing peace to the island under a plan that he described as Mahinda Chintanya or Mahinda’s Thoughts. Prior to the election, he entered into a pact with the radical JVP and the JHU. Next, he ensured his election victory by arranging a poll boycott in Tamil areas— by striking a financial deal with the LTTE. Once elected, he began to change the rules of the game by insisting that a solution to the ethnic problem should be sought within a unitary constitutional framework. This flew in the face of a meaningful devolution of powers to the minority Tamils. A face off with the LTTE was inevitable—and he saw to it that this happened at a timing of his choosing.

Keywords:   Election Boycott, Mahinda’s Thoughts, LTTE, Sinhalese Hardliners, JVP, JHU, Consensus, Homeland

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