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Post-independence history of communal politics

Post-independence history of communal politics

Rising communal tensions in Sri Lanka have made Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan President and leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), call for the strengthening of multi-ethnic and multi-religious national parties to neutralize ethnic and religious parties which have proliferated across the island. …

What lies behind violence against Muslims

What lies behind violence against Muslims

The anti-Muslim riots that rocked several towns in central Sri Lanka in the first week of March were swiftly put down by the army, deployed under a state of emergency clamped on March 6. But by then, scores of Muslim businesses had been burnt or …

Is India listening to Wigneswaran?

Is India listening to Wigneswaran?

The Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, though a reluctant political entrant four and a half years ago, is now projecting himself as a stubbornly principled or perhaps a dogmatic Tamil nationalist political leader whose opinions to a certain extent are influencing the direction of …

Political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

Political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

The dramatic defeat of the ruling coalition in the landmark February 10 local bodies’ elections, has had a major impact on the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka.And it is bound to have an impact on Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the other countries …

Post-poll manoeuvres

Post-poll manoeuvres

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham/Daily Express: The outcome of last week’s local government elections, one that had elicited unprecedented interest both locally and internationally, sent shock waves through the Sri Lankan polity. And the initial phase of the domino effect it has had on the political front …

Reconfiguration of forces

Reconfiguration of forces

Sri Lanka’s local government election held on February 10 has become more than a mid-term poll that usually helps the opposition. Rather, it has led to an immediate political crisis …

Colombo: Beyond concrete and asphalt

Colombo: Beyond concrete and asphalt

In 2014, the island was listed as one of the least urbanized countries in the World Urbanization Prospects (WUP),  with less than 20 percent of the population in urban areas. By 2050, WUP projected that number would rise to only 30 percent. Does this mean …

Confronting Sri Lanka’s past

Confronting Sri Lanka’s past

At first, the tall, brooding silhouette at her doorstep was unrecognisable. After more than three decades, Sellaiah Manoranjan, an ex-Tamil fighter, returned to a house in Jaffna where he and his family once sought refuge from the Sri Lankan military. It reminded his Sinhalese host …

With Sri Lankan port acquisition, China adds another ‘pearl’ to its ‘string’

With Sri Lankan port acquisition, China adds another ‘pearl’ to its ‘string’

When Sri Lanka’s government first looked to develop a port on its southern coast that faced the Indian Ocean, it went not to China, but to its neighbor, India. Then-Sri Lankan …

Action regard to constitution after the election?

Action regard to constitution after the election?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Last week, leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan, had two diplomatic meetings in Colombo with leaders of two Asian countries, who were on state visits to Sri Lanka, and a third with the Colombo based political section head …