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Sri Lanka: Befuddlement in Colombo; shenanigans in Jaffna

Paper No. 5952                               Dated 13-Jun-2015

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

After a crisp period of activity following the election of Maithripala Sirisena as president and the induction of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister in January and culminating in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution (19A) in April, statecraft in Lanka entered a period of limbo and what will happen next is uncertain.

Sri Lanka: Heading Towards a Constitutional Despotism

Paper No. 5855                                Dated 08-Jan-2015

Guest Column by Professor Ramu Manivannan

There is a systemic crisis in Sri Lanka and the advanced stage of the cancerous polity will climax in the near future. The post-independent polity in Sri Lanka was never allowed to form itself. 

Sri Lanka- South African Mediation- Comments

Paper No. 5691       Dated 26-Apr-2014

By Col R Hariharan

[This is the text of answers to a set of questions raised by the Editor, Political & Defence Journal, a diplomatic journal through e-mail.]

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: 13A and its nine lives – Update No. 232

Note No. 685                                              Dated 26-Jun-2013

by Col. R. Hariharan

Indian Ministry of External Affairs took the unusual step of issuing a strong press statement cautioning Sri Lanka not to dilute the 13th Amendment (13A) at the end of a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation’s meetings with Indian leadership including the Prime Minister on June 19, 2013.

Sri Lanka: Quandary About NPC Polls & 13A Tampering

Paper No. 5510                                     Dated 17-Jun-2013

Guest Coloumn:  By Dr. Kumar David

The government successfully deflected attempts to move the Commonwealth Heads Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for November out of Colombo, and secured promises of participation from UK’s Cameron and India’s Singh. This was a diplomatic success in the aftermath of the setback at the UN Human Rights meeting in Geneva in March.

Sri Lanka: Consolidation of Rajapaksa Inc. – Update No. 225

 

Note No. 669                                                Dated 07-Dec-2012

Col. R. Hariharan

The walk out of Chief Justice Mrs Shirani Bandaranayake and her team of lawyers from a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) hearing on an impeachment motion against her Thursday was an eloquent testimony to the charade being enacted in Sri Lanka in the name of democracy. Probably it is a matter of time the PSC would find her guilty of the charges of corruption slapped against her.

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