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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?

Sri Lanka’s Regime of Crisis

Paper No. 5518                                           Dated 28-Jun-2013

Guest Column by Dr. Kumar David  

The political scene in Colombo has changed rapidly in the last two months. Actually it is not sudden, as I will explain at the end, but there has been a remarkable shift in the political domain. A regime which since the end of the civil war in May 2009 was strong, stable and popular has mutated fairly quickly into a regime of crisis.

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.

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