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Sri Lanka’s Next Step

Sri Lanka’s Next Step

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called a snap election two weeks ago, giving voters until January to decide whether to grant him an unprecedented third term. Despite his achievements, Sri Lankans may decide they need a different kind of leadership. When Mr. Rajapaksa came to …

The ghosts of the colonial past

The ghosts of the colonial past

At the end of a back-breaking day, only one question awaits tea plucker Velu Parameswari: ‘‘How many kgs?’’ That is all “dorai” (supervisor) asks every day, said the 47-year-old, who began plucking tea as a 16-year-old. Despite working 22 days in October, all she made …

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false – how does the OHCHR/UNHRC and OISL define this? Is it a forgery or false evidence or how else would …

Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble

Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble

Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble? The recent case of five Indian fishermen who were initially sentenced to death and then released (pending an appeal) for alleged smuggling of contraband is a case in point. The episode is scarcely the root of all …

Rohana Wijeweera: The killing of Sri Lanka’s Stalinist icon

Rohana Wijeweera: The killing of Sri Lanka’s Stalinist icon

Twenty-five years ago, on 13 November 1989, the Sri Lankan government announced that Rohana Wijeweera, an extreme-left Sinhalese nationalist leader of two failed insurrections, had died in police custody – …

Catalyst of Lankan Hill Country

Catalyst of Lankan Hill Country

People of Malaiham (Hill Country) in Sri Lanka are celebrating the birth centenary of C V Velu Pillai (1914-1984) who has left his imprint on all aspects of their lives. A popular teacher, distinguished man of letters, committed trade unionist, progressive politician and, above all, …

Diplomatic minefield ahead

Diplomatic minefield ahead

The death sentence awarded by the Colombo high court to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu on drug trafficking charges promises to complicate the India-Sri Lanka relationship further. India reacted sharply to the verdict, categorically pronouncing the fishermen as “not guilty” while declaring that it …

On A Fearful Road

On A Fearful Road

One of the observations that with climate change comes an increase in peak weather events, became a horrible reality to us last week.  Our mountains, bearing soil on a rocky base, was once stabilized by the unbroken blanket of forests that covered it have become …

The fraught future of democracy in Sri Lanka

The fraught future of democracy in Sri Lanka

Even as the Sri Lankan nation inches closer towards national elections scheduled for 2015 – almost two years before the due date – the prospects for democracy in the island nation appear bleak. The seeds of impending unrest have already been sown in the country, and …

TNA Sending Out Confusing Signals To India

TNA Sending Out Confusing Signals To India

In a single stroke, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran seems to have sent out confusing and contradictory signals to India. On the one hand, he wants India to play an active role in finding a ‘political solution’ to the ethnic …