An opening for India in Sri Lanka

In just about six months into office, the promises made by the Sri Lankan president are slowly being jettisoned. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is clearly issuing orders that have been responsible for gagging the media. This is amply evident from the censorship imposed by the government on the coverage of the issue of seeking accountability for the deaths of 11 innocent Tamil youths, who were shot in cold blood on the orders of the then police chief of Sri Lanka in the concluding stages of the war in 2009. The police chief is currently absconding from Sri Lanka and is now in Switzerland.

Sinhala nationalism is clearly on the rise, which has manifested itself in this resounding victory. The Tamils and the Muslims in the eastern and northern parts of the island nation are wary of the new premier. The future of democracy in Sri Lanka looks gloomy.

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