Lunacy over stripping civic rights | Daily FT

J.R. Jayewardene — the shrewdest politician in post-independent Sri Lanka — made three deadliest blunders that made a far-reaching impact on his party as well as on his administration. They were the infamous referendum on extending the term of Parliament in 1982, the prohibition of the JVP and several other parties in the aftermath of the Black July in 1983 and stripping Sirimavo Bandaranaike of her civic rights in 1980. All these decisions, needless to say, were made seeking short-term gains in consolidating his grip on power. But, in the long run, both Jayewardene and his administration foun…

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