9th July 2018

Rise of Inter- Religious Tensions In the Multi-Ethnic eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

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By Meera Srinivasan After Sinhalese mobs carried out a spate of attacks targeting Muslim eateries and shops in Ampara in the Eastern province, in February, Kandy in the Central province saw violence too. A vandalised mosque in Digana, located between Kandy and Teldeniya. After Sinhalese mobs carried out a spate of attacks targeting Muslim eateries and shops in Ampara in the Eastern province, in February, Kandy in the Central province saw violence too. A vandalised mosque in Digana, located between Kandy and Teldeniya. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The Eastern province sees a divide as sections of the Tamil community object to Muslim women embracing the abaya, a full-length, gown-like dress of Arab origin. Meera Srinivasan reports on the widening fault lines in the island nation’s […]

VIJAYAKALA UNDER FIRE FOR LTTE REMARKS; HAILED AS HERO IN JAFFNA

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After widespread condemnation from all quarters in the south following her controversial statement about the LTTE, former State Minister of Children’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran was forced to resign her portfolio late last week, but all over the streets of Jaffna, posters appeared hailing her ‘sacrifice for the Tamil people.’ Nearly a decade after the end of the war and the defeat of the LTTE by Government troops, the hot button issue highlighted deep ethnic divisions and polarisation within Sri Lankan society. Posters in Jaffna read “Selfless Politics: Then, Maheswaran sacrificed his life for the Tamil people’s peace. Now, ‘Female Tamil Leader’ Vijayakala resigns her post.” Last Monday, addressing a public function held at the Weerasingham Hall, the State Minister said, “a six-year-old innocent child has […]

SRI LANKA’S NEW RACIST RIGHT-WING POLITICS

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There are two new developments in Sri Lanka’s contemporary politics which is getting crystalized and clearer these days. They are: (a) the consolidation of a hard right-wing alternative to a weak and shaky democratic regime option, and (b) the projection of an ex-military officer as the embodiment of the new right-wing agenda. At the core of the first are groups of Buddhist monks, and retired military and navy officers who took part in the final phase of the war against the LTTE. This essay comments on the first of the two right-wing political formations, the new movement of Buddhist monks, that has openly expressed its desire to see a ‘Hitler’ type military ruler winning Sri Lanka’s next presidential election due in late 2019. The new […]

Sri Lanka buries China-related corruption probes?

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ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has publicly called for a fresh probe into alleged foreign funding of former president’s re-election bid, but several other high-profile China-related investigations remain in limbo. At least three mega corruption cases involving Chinese state-owned firms have either been moth-balled or deliberately put on hold, according to officials familiar with the cases. These graft cases are in addition to the alleged campaign funding by the Chinese. In July 2015, both the police and the Central Bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) investigated ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa allegedly receiving billions of rupees in funding for his 2015 election campaign, but the investigation stalled due to political pressure. The investigations began after unusual payments were made from a Standard Chartered Bank account of China […]