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Sri Lanka: Former President Rajapaksa ready to stage a come back

Paper No. 5963                             Dated 03-Jul-2015

By Col R Hariharan                                                          

Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that he would accept his loyal supporters demand to contest the forthcoming parliamentary election to be held on August 17.

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.

Resetting Indo-Lanka Relations

Paper No. 5897                                  Dated 23-Mar-2015

Guest Column by Kumar David

Indo-Lanka relations were in the doldrums throughout the Rajapaksa period; they have never been worse, not even during the JR Jayewardene period (1977-1989).

China’s challenges after regime change in Sri Lanka

Paper No. 5884                                  Dated 03-Mar-2015

By Col. R. Hariharan

 (This is the text updated on March 2, 2015 of the presentation made at a national seminar on “Understanding China – Indian perspective” organised jointly by the Chennai Centre for China Studies, and Institute for China Studies and the Nelson Mandela chair for Afro-Asian Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University at Kottyam on February 27 and 28, 2015.)

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapakse in the Departure Lounge

Paper No. 5834                                        Dated 01-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

This piece is premised on the assumption that President Mahinda Rajapakse (Mahinda) may be defeated on 8 January 2015, which is not the same as saying it is a certainty - that is too early to judge since the Maithripala Sirisena (Maithri) challenge needs to prove its endurance.

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