The restoration of democracy in the east, has been a success. When the Eastern Provincial Council was first formed some months ago, there was a spat between M.L.A.M.Hisbulla and Pillaiyan over the chief minister’s post and it looked as if the normalcy that had been achieved would not last in the atmosphere of Tamil-Muslim ethnic tensions in the province. But since then things have worked out well and Hisbulla and Pillaiyan have been working together in a manner no one anticipated. Last week, in an interview with the Island, Hisbulla was effusive in his praise of Pillaiyan. When Pillaiyan’s secretary was shot dead in Athurugiriya, by unknown assailants last Thursday, Pillaiyan and Hisbulla arrived together at the scene of the attack in a show of solidarity. This Tamil- Muslim rapprochement is one of the most positive developments in Sri Lankan politics in recent times and it augurs well for the people of the east. It is not from this front that problems will emerge in the province, but from within the Tamil community itself.