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Cold war between party leader Hakeem and Chairman Segu Darwood

Cold war between party leader Hakeem and Chairman Segu Darwood

   DBS Jeyaraj   The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress,the premier political party representing the Muslims of Sri Lanka is once again in the grip of an intra-party crisis with the time bomb of split cum defection ticking away. The name of that bomb threatening to explode …

Rajiv Gandhi orders Prabakaran’s Assassination but Prabakaran Assassinated Rajiv first!

Rajiv Gandhi orders Prabakaran’s Assassination but Prabakaran Assassinated Rajiv first!

   By Shenali D Waduge   Maj Gen Harkirat Singh, commander of the IPKF claims that he was ordered not once but twice to eliminate Prabakaran when he arrived to meet the Indian Generals in Palaly in September 1987. What is poignant about this revelation is …

Sonia’s sisters, Anushka and Nadia, got the 2G Spectrum scam loot, says Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Sonia’s sisters, Anushka and Nadia, got the 2G Spectrum scam loot, says Dr. Subramanian Swamy

   Dear Prime Minister: You may by now have realized that the 2G Spectrum scandal is not only bad for the country in the dimension of corruption, but now it emerges that there is a national security dimension too. The RAW, IB, CBI, ED all …

Ethnic riddle in Sri Lanka

Ethnic riddle in Sri Lanka

      Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that his government will accept the recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) regarding steps to be taken to bring about ethnic reconciliation through devolution of powers to the provinces. Senior minister Nimal Sripala De …

The Wigneswaran Factor: Sampanthan’s Master-Stroke ?

The Wigneswaran Factor: Sampanthan’s Master-Stroke ?

     In this country, it is a rarity to witness really smart politics on strategic issues. We have just done so and got two breakthrough moves on the same issue. The first was by President Rajapaksa who chose to go ahead with the election …

Northern Chief Minister Stakes and the Tamil National Alliance

Northern Chief Minister Stakes and the Tamil National Alliance

      Somasuntharam Senathirajah alias “Mavai”Senathirajah of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) has set his sights on the Northern Province Chief Minister post. The six foot septuagenarian currently representing Jaffna district in Parliament has staked his claim to be the newly constituted Northern Provincial council’s …

Sri Lanka is being ripped apart by the inability of its leaders to bring about ethnic harmony

Sri Lanka is being ripped apart by the inability of its leaders to bring about ethnic harmony

     by  Bishop Marius Peiris – Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Colombo I wish to elaborate some of the crucial issues confronting Sri Lanka today. To undertake such a task there is a need to scrutinize the signs of the times in Sri Lanka, especially …

Winning over at least a faction of the Diaspora for Reconciliation could be most difficult but very rewarding

Winning over at least a faction of the Diaspora for Reconciliation could be most difficult but very rewarding

By Devanesan Nesiah Virtually all of us who are of this Island take pride in our history, our ancient civilization and traditions, our four great religions and our languages. Yet, almost continuously since independence our religious and linguistic communities have been drifting away from each …

Prospects For Post Conflict Reconciliation And Development In Sri Lanka: Can Singapore Be Used As A Model?

Prospects For Post Conflict Reconciliation And Development In Sri Lanka: Can Singapore Be Used As A Model?

           Presentation, at the Global Asia Institute Speaker Series (2010), National University of Singapore. (Ground Views) – John Richardson Confounding predictions of self-appointed experts, including myself, Sri Lanka’s armed forces achieved a total military victory over the LTTE. President Mahinda Rajapaksa then won a decisive …

Dangerous Games With Devolution

Dangerous Games With Devolution

       The Government of Sri Lanka recently revealed its agenda to further restrict minority freedoms and autonomy in the country. It seeks to: (1) repeal constitutional provisions granting people the freedom to determine administrative boundaries (2) amend the Constitution, so as to permit …