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From Denial to Delay

From Denial to Delay

At the ongoing 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore reiterated her concerns over the slow progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. While presenting the High Commissioner’s report on …

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka can be attributed to the spread of ultranationalist Buddhist rhetoric propagated by Buddhist extremist groups which use Buddhism to justify their narrative. The ambivalent nature of religion allows it to be interpreted by its adherents both as a source of …

Crisis can be resolved

Crisis can be resolved

Ethnic dissidence is a worldwide phenomenon and Sri Lanka is no exception to it with her multiplicity of ethnic composition. Within the ethnic frame lies the religious societal subdivisions also with its cognitive diversity impacting on internal political dynamics. Sri Lanka, a nation of immigrants …

Striving for sanity after madness

Striving for sanity after madness

Just over ten days ago Mohammed Lafeel was the proud owner of a shop selling mobile phones and latest phone related gadgets. Wanting to diversify his business, he had also branched into selling antique bric-a-brac and jewelry. The modern and the ancient had existed side …

China is challenging American dominance

China is challenging American dominance

As China grows more powerful, it is displacing decades-old American pre-eminence in parts of Asia. The outlines of the rivalry are defining the future of the continent. Last week, a group of 11 nations signed a trade deal + that had originally been conceived as …

Stop spreading hatred and promoting violence

Stop spreading hatred and promoting violence

Whenever violence is unleashed on ethnic minority communities, political leaders from South almost by rote, hold a small group responsible and reiterate that an overwhelming majority of the majority community …

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 …