Jehan Perera

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  • Jehan Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka which was established to facilitate a people's movement for peace, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining NPC he headed the Sarvodaya Movement's legal aid services. In addition, he has served on two government advisory bodies. He is also a political columnist for the Island (English), Thulava (Sinhala) and Thinakkural (Tamil) newspapers.

    A More Centralised State after War

    The government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa would easily be deemed the most decisive one in post-independence Sri Lanka. What the government leadership decides is implemented forthwith. The military crushing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that had eluded five successive governments is the most outstanding example. Nothing could stand in the way of the government's decision, neither the fear of failure nor of foreign pressure.

    March 2011