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Review: Sri Lanka ‘We Will Teach You a Lesson: Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces’, Human Rights Watch publication, 2013

Paper No. 5904                                     Dated 02-Apr-2015

Guest Column by Prof. Charles Sarvan

This is a difficult document to read. Speaking figuratively, Shakespeare’s Macbeth said that he had eaten too much of horrors. So it is with reading one testimony, one horror, after another: an emotional revulsion sets in; a wish to set a mental distance, if not escape.

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: 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. 

China' factor in Sri Lanka election and strategic security

Paper No. 5850                                Dated 24-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

[Answers to questions raised by an international news agency on the subject in an e-mail interview on Dec 23rd.]

Any narrative on Sri Lanka would be incomplete if India's overwhelming influence in Sri Lanka is not considered. It comes from India's huge geographic size, economic strength and global political influence from times immemorial.

Sri Lanka: Don’t underestimate Rajapaksa

Paper No. 5843                                 Dated 16-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

After President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his surprise challenger Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who quit his office as Minister, filed their nominations for the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 the contest has become exciting.

The Centrality of Economics in Sri Lanka

Paper No. 5839                                  Dated 05-Dec-2014

By Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan

The focus of this paper is to highlight the need for economic independence combined with political support of India when seeking autonomy in the context of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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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