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Cannot ignore India’s influence

Cannot ignore India’s influence

A lawyer, a member of Parliament and the son of one of Sri Lanka’s most powerful politicians. These are amongst the titles that 31-year-old Namal Rajapaksa, son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa balances. Namal belongs to a political family accused of carrying out …

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

Where the colonial and the modern coexist

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai:      As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history …

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) submitted by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be doomed to failure because Wickremesinghe’s party and alliance, namely, the United National Party (UNP) and the United National Front (UNF), are almost fully with him. And …

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 …

Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

The Sri Lankan government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. At an interim update before the Council this week on progress towards fulfilment of its human …

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 …

End sectarian violence

End sectarian violence

The Elders today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to act with greater urgency and thoroughness to end sectarian violence targeting Muslim communities on the island. They noted that the Government has taken some measures to counter the criminal violence, but also warned that …