Monthly Archives: November 2018

Plantation unions move to shutdown wage struggle amid political crisis

Plantation unions move to shutdown wage struggle amid political crisis

Sri Lankan plantation unions have aligned themselves with different political factions in the bitter conflict raging inside the country’s ruling elite and are now attempting to suppress the plantation workers’ fight for a 100 percent increase in their daily wage. On October 26, President Maithripala …

A worried India keeps a close watch

A worried India keeps a close watch

A worried India is keeping a close watch on Sri Lankan politics, following fresh reports of horsetrading and deal-making after President Maithripala Sirisena decided to convene Parliament on November 14, sidestepping appeal by sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party for an early session. United National Party …

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with strongman and former-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct 26, the move was seen as the fallout from internal rivalry caused by domestic issues such as corruption, poor economic performance and political power play. …

A Tussle Between Parties?

A Tussle Between Parties?

The answer to Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is complex. The split between United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and United National Party(UNP) turned into a struggle for power between the Sri Lankan President Sirisena, the leader of UPFA alliance comprising the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) …

House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

What is happening in Sri Lanka right now sits somewhere in between House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s darkest Roman plays. It involves a man who betrayed his leader only now to return him to power, an alleged murder plot, and two men …

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return …

It’s Neo-Cold War and at India’s Gates

It’s Neo-Cold War and at India’s Gates

Independent of the domestic outcomes of the current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, it may have already opened up the floodgates for a neo-Cold War centred on South Asia, and knocking at India’s multiple gates already. For a ‘thinking’ Sri Lankan politician, ‘sacked’ UNP Prime …