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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 …

A bitter brew

A bitter brew

“Half the blood in our bodies is sucked by these leeches. Can’t someone find some medicine to keep them away?” At first it is hard to locate the voice that …

Leaders should focus their attention on repairing the broken security apparatus

Leaders should focus their attention on repairing the broken security apparatus

What’s new? Easter Sunday’s bombings produced Sri Lanka’s deadliest single day of terrorist violence and its first experience of Muslim-on-Christian mass violence. Although the attackers were fringe actors, politicians and Sinhalese …

Lanka’s electoral test – An Indian Viewpoint

Lanka’s electoral test – An Indian Viewpoint

The space for presidential contenders in Sri Lanka’s election on November 16 is crowding. The hopefuls are from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)’s Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and United …

A $200 cup of tea

A $200 cup of tea

It’s no secret that the British are very serious about their tea.Now a London hotel has taken this dedication to new heights by offering what’s been dubbed the UK’s most …

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

In his 2009 paper entitled, Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalisms Dr.Ameer Ali had traced the history of the town and come to the ominous conclusion that Islamic radicalism which was being nurtured there, could pose …

Military victory is seen as moral and racial vindication

Military victory is seen as moral and racial vindication

I isolate the following two from an email message I received recently: “The anti-Tamil feeling began in 1949  with the de-citizenizing of Tamils” “In Kandy there was a Mudali by …

The Charges sound silly but…

The Charges sound silly but…

The charges sound silly but the consequences are not. One Muslim lady’s crime was to wear a shirt printed with a ship’s helm. Her accusers said it looked like the wheel of dharma, so she must be mocking Buddhism, the religion of the majority A …

Avoiding Sri Lanka’s next civil war

Avoiding Sri Lanka’s next civil war

18 May 2019 was a doubly significant day in Sri Lanka. Not only did it mark the ten-year anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, it was also …