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A Diplomatic tightrope

A Diplomatic tightrope

Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, Mahinda, have returned to power in Sri Lanka. They are likely to pivot back to China to help the economy, but the geopolitical landscape has changed with the rise of Modi’s India. On Thursday, newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya …

India wants national reconciliation

India wants national reconciliation

India expects the newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa to boost the national reconciliation policy with the Tamil community of the country, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the message was conveyed by Minister for External …

Victory and Defeat

Victory and Defeat

Gotabaya Rajapaksa of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) convincingly won the Lankan Presidential election held on November 16. Gotabaya got 52.25 % of the valid votes while his principal rival, Sajith Premadasa, got 41.99%, as per figures available in the evening of Sunday. Sajith …

Staking hopes on the first-time voters

Staking hopes on the first-time voters

As campaigning enters the final stretch in Sri Lanka’s Nov. 16 presidential polls, Sajith Premadasa, the leading political moderate in the fray, is staking his hopes for victory on the country’s first-time voters. He aims to garner support from those who came of age after …

Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

The winner of Sri Lanka’s presidential election on November 16, 2019 will face enormous challenges to deliver justice for past crimes and prevent future abuses, Human Rights Watch said. Since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009, there has been progress on the right to …

TMK will take a neutral stand

TMK will take a neutral stand

The former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province C.V.Wigneswaran has said that his organization the Tamil Makkal Koottani (TMK) will take a neutral stand at the upcoming Presidential election and will not ask people who to vote for. In a statement issued in Jaffna …

Security systems were undermined, says probe report

Security systems were undermined, says probe report

A parliamentary panel in Sri Lanka has accused President Maithripala Sirisena of “actively undermining” government and security systems, leading to serious lapses ahead of the Easter terror attacks. In a report tabled in the House on Wednesday, the panel noted that the President “failed in …

Trump administration  will push the new Sri Lankan Government on the human rights issue

Trump administration will push the new Sri Lankan Government on the human rights issue

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G. Wells told the House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation on 22 October 2019 that the Trump administration will push the new Sri Lankan Government on the human rights issue. She said …

Questioning identity politics

Questioning identity politics

It was 1992 when acclaimed Sinhala filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage thought of the story. Sri Lanka’s civil war was raging. The ethnic divide between the majority Sinhalese and northern Tamils was deepening with no end in sight. It made him question the politics of identity that …

Keeping a close watch

Keeping a close watch

India is keeping a close watch on the upcoming presidential elections in Sri Lanka, where pro-China Gotabaya Rajapaksa is pitted against housing minister and deputy leader of the ruling United National Party Sajith Premadasa. The outcome of the election next month will have a bearing …