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China’s Building Spree Is Raising Questions

China’s Building Spree Is Raising Questions

At Sri Lanka’s southern tip, an abandoned British lighthouse stands sentinel near a half-moon-shaped cove bobbing with turquoise dinghies. Fishermen wearing sarongs drag wooden outriggers across a beach backed by centuries-old salt flats and palm trees. Less than 2 miles down the coast, towering blue-and-white …

Results Reveal a Divided Country ?

Results Reveal a Divided Country ?

Religious nationalism played the central role in the recently-held Sri Lankan presidential election, in which Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa came away victorious, winning 52.25 percent of the vote. The results reveal …

Sri Lanka Continues Its Delicate Dance with India

Sri Lanka Continues Its Delicate Dance with India

Sri Lanka is a role model for the dictum of diplomacy being the extension of a country’s national policies. Sri Lanka’s performance must be commended since it also grapples with an unresolved nationality question in which its big neighbor India has historically staked claim as …

Election was determined largely by local factors

Election was determined largely by local factors

Gotabaya Rajapakse won Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections on November 16. This is not the first time Sri Lanka has had a Rajapakse as president. Mahinda Rajapakse, Gotabaya’s brother, also served …

Necessary to build a consistent relationship with India

Necessary to build a consistent relationship with India

Promising to be “frank” and “upfront” to avoid the misunderstandings of the past between New Delhi and Colombo, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says India and other countries in the …

Human Rights, Reconciliation and Peace

Human Rights, Reconciliation and Peace

Earlier this month, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president, following his victory in the country’s eighth presidential elections. Gotabaya replaced Maithripala Sirisena, who did not seek reelection, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …