Neelan Tiruchelvam’s Absence Felt In The Making Of a New Constitution – D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka approaching her seventy-first anniversary of gaining freedom from the United Kingdom is presently in the midst of an interesting politico-legal phase. The Island nation is engaged in formulating a new Constitution. The country from the time of Independence has had three Constitutions so far. The current exercise if successful would result in Lanka getting a fourth Constitution. At a facetious level this would re-invigorate the old joke about a bookseller who told a prospective customer that he does not sell “periodicals” when asked for a copy of the Sri Lankan constitution. On a more serious note the frequent unmaking and making of Constitutions in Lanka reminds one of Dr. Rohan Edirisinghe’s pithy observation about “Constitutions without Constitutionalism. >>more>>

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