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Sri Lanka: And Now the Judiciary

When the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed an order removing the island state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike on 13 January 2013, the consolidation of power was complete. In January 2010, Rajapaksa won the presidency ....

The State of India-Sri Lanka Relations: Ethnic Issue as an Irritant

In the recent days, the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has figured in at least four issues pertaining to Sri Lanka: protests against training of Sri Lankan defence personnel in the state, threats to Sri Lankan pilgrims touring the state, turning....

Sri Lanka: Where is the Reconciliation?

Sri Lanka has recently submitted the Universal Periodic Report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the status of implementation of recommendations made by Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The Report cites draftin....

Fishermen Issue and India - Sri Lanka Relations

The Problem: The issue of fishermen straying in each other’s territorial waters has come as a potential irritant in the otherwise generally good bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka. In the latest instance, the Sri Lankan Navy ....

Voting against Sri Lanka

Fighting an insurgency is dirty business. We in India know that. In the west, this is understood with the cold-blooded acceptance that is typical of them. And they have never hesitated to draw blood when their interests required it. It....

A Wrong Move on Lanka

Many arguments can be made against our decision to vote against Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a decision highly questionable from the foreign policy point of view. Domestic compulsions seem to have outweighed foreign policy conside....

Diplomatic Dilemma: India and UNHRC Resolution against Sri Lanka

The ghosts of war continue to haunt Sri Lanka in one form or the other. Now it has come as US-sponsored resolution at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The resolution is also backed by France and Norway that once....

Strategic Connotations: Development of Hambantota Port

Hambantota port is situated approximately 10 nautical miles from one of the busiest shipping lanes, in southern Sri Lanka. About 200 cargo vessels use it every day and it can handle vessels up to 100, 000 DWT. The Sri Lankan government hopes to bene....

Why Krishna's Visit to Lanka can't be Termed 'Successful'

As is customary, official circles in India have hailed External Affairs S M Krishna's four-day visit to Sri Lanka from January 16th to 19th 2012 as 'successful.' Whether or not it was indeed 'successful' demands an examination of what transpired duri....

TNA-Sri Lankan Government Negotiations: An Update

The decades old Tamils' demand for a share in the power and equal rights in Sri Lanka remains unfulfilled. At this juncture, it is imperative to assess to what extent the ongoing negotiations between Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sri Lankan gover....

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