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Sri Lanka: Reading tea leaves; Centre vs. NPC

Paper No. 5574             Dated 5-Oct-2013

Guest Column: Dr Kumar David

The time for euphoria is past, celebrations must wind down. A carousing Tamil gentleman of my vintage and neighbourhood has drunk his whisky cellar dry. The serious stuff is getting started, so time to buckle down. The mouths of Jonas at home and in the diaspora who pressed the TNA to boycott the elections are stuffed with sludge by the scale of victory and inspiring voter turnout.

Sri Lanka: A bombshell in the Northern Province

Paper No. 5568                                        Dated 23-Sep-2013

Guest Colum by Dr.Kumar David

 Provincial Council (PC) elections were held in three provinces in Lanka on 21 September – the Northern (NP), North Western (NWP) and the Central (CP) Provinces went to the polls and as expected the Rajapakse government won fairly handsomely in the Sinhalese majority NWP and the CP securing about 60% of the vote.

Sri Lanka. “Now, democracy - for us only”

Paper No. 5565                                     Dated 19-Sept-2013

Guest Column by Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan

All human beings are equal in dignity and rights:  Article 1, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sri Lanka: Character of Rajapakse political-economy

Paper No. 5559                                 Dated 16-Sep-2013

By Dr. Kumar David

Leader of the Samasamja Party, Prof. Tissa Vitarana has since the IMF began to influence economic policy described it as a trend to neoliberalism.

Sri Lanka: Book review: Malaravan, ‘War Journey: Diary of a Tamil Tiger’

Paper No. 5554                                     Dated 03-Sept-2013

Guest Column by Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan                                                                                                         

Though some diaries are written with publication in mind, the tendency is to think of them as being private. Ben Bavinck wrote his Sri Lanka diary in Dutch: see, Sarvan, online edition of the Sunday Leader, Colombo, 6 November 2011.

Sri Lanka: Politics of NPC election – Update No. 234

Note No. 688                                         Dated 08-July-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan

President Mahinda Rajapaksa appears to have taken a pragmatic decision to go ahead with the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) election without tinkering with the 13th Amendment (13A).

Sri Lanka: 13A, CHOGM, China and India – Update No. 233

Note No. 687                                                 Dated 28-Jun-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan

(This is an extract of answers to questions raised by webmedia in E-mail interview given to Confluence, a London Based Magazine.)

Q1. India has blown hot and cold over the Sri Lankan national question over the past several decades.  Now there is 13A and the elections for a Northern Provincial government looming. Do you see the Manmohan government acting positive and decisively in this context?


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