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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 …

Independence of the Judiciary in a Democracy

Independence of the Judiciary in a Democracy

         [This is the keynote address by India’s former Chief Justice P. N. Bhagwathie  titled “Democracy and the Rule of Law” presented at the seminar Provisions in the Draft Constitution and Independence of the Judiciary organized by the Vigil Lanka Movment and …

China’s foreign ports:The new masters and commanders

China’s foreign ports:The new masters and commanders

     From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the …

Trouble For Muslim And Left Parties Over New Amendment

Trouble For Muslim And Left Parties Over New Amendment

    The proposed amendment to the 13th Amendment of the Constitution to dilute the powers of Provincial Councils has already begun to make ripples in the Muslim and Left parties, Colombo Telegraph understands. SLFP ministers who talked big in the last few weeks that …

THE CURSE OF THE GANDHIS

THE CURSE OF THE GANDHIS

      Both Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv, were murdered.  The former by her Sikh bodyguards and the latter by the LTTE whom he had nurtured, protected and nourished.  While many decry these murders as indeed any murder must be, I for one …

Rs.50 robbery suspect acquitted after 10 years

Rs.50 robbery suspect acquitted after 10 years

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       A Colombo Court today released a suspect from a case that was dragging on for ten years over the theft of Rs. 50. It transpired in Court that the suspect was reported to have been kept under remand …

An afternoon with an ex-rebel leader

An afternoon with an ex-rebel leader

        As I entered the premises of the famous Sencholai children’s home in the northern Sri Lankan district of Kilinochchi, a girl in her early twenties asked …

The feeling of defeat among the Tamils of Sri Lanka goes far deeper than the material defeat of the rebels.

The feeling of defeat among the Tamils of Sri Lanka goes far deeper than the material defeat of the rebels.

   FOUR years ago this week, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam announced that their struggle for an independent homeland in northern Sri Lanka had “reached its bitter end.” The …

The Northern Provincial Council Election – Analysis

The Northern Provincial Council Election – Analysis

     The provincial council system in Sri Lanka was established in 1987 consequent to the Indo-Lanka Accord concluded between Sri Lanka and India in the same year. One provincial council was set up for the Northern and Eastern Provinces, according to the 13th Amendment …