Monthly Archives: March 2018

Facebook came along and made things worse

Facebook came along and made things worse

With Sri Lanka under a state of emergency after a spasm of anti-Muslim bloodshed, lawyer Jeevanee Kariyawasam went on Facebook to complain. The company hadn’t blocked users inciting violence, she wrote, and the government hadn’t arrested those sending out the offending posts. Facebook’s response was …

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Former advisor on Muslim issues to the Howard government in Australia, Dr Ameer Ali is a graduate of the University of Ceylon who went on to read for a Master of Philosophy from the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University …

PM wants Cash to Balance China

PM wants Cash to Balance China

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka is seeking foreign investment from India, Japan and others amid criticism over his country’s reliance on Chinese loans for infrastructure projects. In an interview in Colombo, Wickremesinghe defended a deal last year that gave a joint venture led …

A way to revive SAARC

A way to revive SAARC

Foreign policy experts have said China should be granted full membership of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to give new life to the almost defunct regional body owing to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, Myrepublica news reported on Sunday. Addressing a …

Cannot ignore India’s influence

Cannot ignore India’s influence

A lawyer, a member of Parliament and the son of one of Sri Lanka’s most powerful politicians. These are amongst the titles that 31-year-old Namal Rajapaksa, son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa balances. Namal belongs to a political family accused of carrying out …

Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Little disturbs the serenity of Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, as her statue sits in contemplation at the centre of Mattala Rajapaksa international airport. The last flight from the airport departed at 7.50am. The next is scheduled for 7.50am tomorrow. In the meantime check-in …

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai:      As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history …

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) submitted by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be doomed to failure because Wickremesinghe’s party and alliance, namely, the United National Party (UNP) and the United National Front (UNF), are almost fully with him. And …

India had reservations

India had reservations

Three years after he was swept out of office, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former President, thinks he is in with a chance to return to power. Last month, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the party loyal to him, made a stunning comeback with a …

From Denial to Delay

From Denial to Delay

At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting the High Commissioner’s report on …