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Indian military decisions

Indian military decisions

Around 2 pm on October 13, 1987, exactly 30 years from today, 97 para commandos of the Indian Army returned to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) base in Palali in northern Sri Lanka. There were 103 of them when they had left 37 hours …

Solution is a Unitary State with Power Devolved to Autonomous Provinces

Solution is a Unitary State with Power Devolved to Autonomous Provinces

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.                                                          …

Jaffna’s social issues are coming to the fore

Jaffna’s social issues are coming to the fore

Issues of social inequality and oppression among the Tamils of North Sri Lanka, which were brushed under the carpet either by tradition or by the exigencies of war, are now coming into the open, thanks to the end of the 30 year war in 2009 …

Chronicles of a carnage foretold

Chronicles of a carnage foretold

At the peak of the Sri Lankan war, four activist-academics tirelessly documented the atrocities of all the warring parties. After one of them was killed, the rest fled the country amid death threats. Nearly 20 years later, Meera Srinivasan listens in as they sit together …

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.                                                          Philosophy, said Kautilya (Chanakya) in the Arthashathra, deals primarily with the right and wrong use …

Playing with words won’t do

Playing with words won’t do

Two weeks have passed since the presentation of the Interim Report of  the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly to the  parliament of Sri Lanka by  Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. …

Are the Tamil parties selling out the Tamil people?

Are the Tamil parties selling out the Tamil people?

Sri Lanka’s government since 2015 was elected on a promise of a new constitution that would find a solution to the country’s national problems. On 21 September 2017, the Steering …

Political stalemate as extremism comes to the fore?

Political stalemate as extremism comes to the fore?

Extremist ethno-politics is raising its head once again in Sri Lanka, both in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province and in the Sinhalese-dominated South, pushing the island nation towards a political stalemate once again.With the conflict getting surcharged with emotion, irrational action could follow with far reaching …

Democracy makes radicalism and extremism bloom

Democracy makes radicalism and extremism bloom

Just as in Sinhalese-majority South Sri Lanka, where the political scenario is changing as compared to what it was at the time of the landmark Presidential election in January 2015, in the Tamil-majority Northern Province also, significant political changes are taking place. And just as …

Federal system is the best system for a multi-ethnic state

Federal system is the best system for a multi-ethnic state

Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan.                                                The landmark judgment of the three-bench Supreme Court in Chandrasoma v Senathiraja and Thurairajasingham has given a ruling that …