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Collapse of the secular state

Collapse of the secular state

The events that unfolded this week shockingly foretells the story of the very rapid collapse of the secular state in Sri Lanka. Although, the events around which a new melodrama …

A simmering political conflict

A simmering political conflict

The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore. The turbulence lasted a week, after he …

A Conspiracy Theory

A Conspiracy Theory

By Chrishmal Warnasuriya:                                             Introduction – Politics as the science of attaining “power”: The first lessons taught to any student of the science of …

Off the hook every time

Off the hook every time

The anti-Muslim Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), has several serious cases against him relating to hate speech, blasphemy against the Quran, instigation of violence, and contempt of court. And yet, he has been …

Extremism: More a question of politics than religion

Extremism: More a question of politics than religion

In Sri Lanka there are influential sections across the ethnic divide, which believe that the on-going attacks against the Muslims, and the attempts to put up Buddha statues in the Tamil areas in the North and East, are manifestations of “Buddhist religious extremism”. But this …

Jaffna in turmoil

Jaffna in turmoil

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole.                                               Last night (June 15th) as I went to Jaffna Town to pick up some dinner at the …

India Needs To Re-Calibrate Relations

India Needs To Re-Calibrate Relations

By rushing the Navy and relief material at the first signs of the rains and floods in Sri Lanka recently, India has once again demonstrated the political will to reach …

Why neighbours dislike India

Why neighbours dislike India

A little under 30 years ago, after Vishwanath Pratap Singh became prime minister, he met with Sri Lanka’s president Ranasinghe Premadasa. Singh, a polite man, says he was surprised when the first thing Premadasa said to him was: “When are you taking your army back?” …

The seasonal climate of Sri Lanka

The seasonal climate of Sri Lanka

As Indian medical and emergency teams arrive in Sri Lanka to aid rescue and recovery efforts after devastating floods and landslides, the torrential rains of the past several days are easing. A large island in the Indian Ocean immediately south of India, Sri Lanka consists …

Plantation Tamils need Administrative power first

Plantation Tamils need Administrative power first

Nuwara-Eliya District Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) MP Mylvaganam Tilakaraj in an interview with the Daily Mirror highlights issues confronting plantation-based Tamil minority and their aspirations. He shared the following:- Q As …