Post-Independence Policy These fears and fears on the part of Tamil politics are understandable when viewed in the context of the island`s post-independence period. There have been many cases where well-intentioned attempts to solve power-sharing problems began with an optimistic move, just to end pathetically in a pessimistic moan. The fate of this much-vaunted pact, signed by former Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike and the Tamil political leaders of the time SJV Chelvanayagam, is a sad but significant example of such a failure of the past. The agreement, commonly known as the Banda-Chelva Pact or the B-C Pact, was hailed as a great success at the time of its signing. The circumstances that led to the signing of this pact nearly 60 years ago deserve a new visit to get a better idea of the troubled state of inter-ethnic relations in the country. Amid growing opposition to the pact, Prime Minister Bandaranaike continued his efforts to convince the country`s residents that it was the best solution to the country`s local problems. He equated the pact with the doctrine of Buddhism. However, protests continued and culminated on April 9, 1958, when about 100 Buddhist monks and 300 others protested on the lawn of The Bandaranaike residence, Rosemead Place. They asked the Prime Minister to lift the agreement he signed with Chelvanayakam. [1] [3] The press rushed, and the morning papers came out later than usual with the full text of the agreement. The evening papers came out earlier than usual with more detail. It may be hard to believe, but what was fun was that at that time, no pact had been signed by Bandaranaike or Chelvanayakam.

There was no B-C pact. It was like a gentleman`s Agreement Chelvanayagam and Navaratnam returned to the FP leader`s residence at Alfred House Gardens. Navaratnam indicated that there was nothing concrete in writing, that an agreement had been reached. There would be only reports.