FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Sri Lanka

Yugoslavia was a sister country of Sri Lanka; a fellow founder of the Non Aligned Movement in that country’s capital Belgrade in 1961. Yugoslavia no longer exists. The breakup of that country resulted from a chain reaction that commenced with the dramatic change of the Yugoslav Constitution promulgated by the sagacious socialist Marshal Tito and the drastic reduction of the powers of the autonomous province of Kosovo followed by the dissolution of the Kosovo assembly in 1990. Sri Lanka must not proceed down the same path which leads over a precipice.

 

The unprecedented events in recent years for their targeting of the Muslim community and coming four years after the end of the war against the Tigers — have raised a provocative question: are Muslims the new Tamils of Sri Lanka?

 

India foisted the Thirteenth Amendment and with it the Provincial Council system on Sri Lanka to suit their own purposes - their intervention to stop the Vadamarachchi Operation - and sending their troops by force to our country was not to ensure peace and settle the Ethnic issue, but to my mind, it was to convert Sri Lanka into a protectorate of India – to transform this country into a Bhutan.

 

There must have been a huge sigh of relief among government circles in Colombo at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting in London on April 26. Although Canada did raise the unwelcome subject of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, the decision to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the country still stands.

 

That democracy is being slowly and surely strangled in Sri Lanka and that many a critic of the Government, particularly in the media has met with a tragic fate is indisputable. Both Sampanthan and Surendiran wax eloquent about the atrocities purported to have been committed by the Government on Tamils in the North.  Sampanthan concentrates on the alleged attacks on meetings of the TNA.

 

It would not be far from the truth to say that Sinhala and Tamil New Year evokes the variety of jingoism and inflated national pride that can easily be missed a week after the festival. To a large extent, one can attribute this sudden outburst of patriotic fervour to a sort of automated conformism; the desire to be part of a shared experience that is larger than us. It’s human nature to flock together, even instinctively. The feeling of belonging has primal connotations of safety inherent in each one of us.

 

That Sri Lanka has lost the battle to the USA at the 22nd Geneva UNHRC Conference is no news now, but the message sent from there to Colombo seems to be decoded differently. Only thirteen nations stood together with Sri Lanka, and the majority opinion of the international community, twenty five nations, requested Sri Lanka to shift its policy priority from ‘Development’ to ‘Devolution’ and ‘Demilitarization’. Surely, the majority opinion at UNHRC wishes to see that Sri Lanka remains bound to democratic ethos, and hence democracy’s future of this country could be an imperceptible aim behind the resolution. All these four ‘D’s – development, demilitarisation, devolution and democracy – have to be given an equal importance in the post-war context, but the absence or delay in devolution and demilitarisation has been more emphasised at Geneva.

 


< Previous ... 1 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 79 ... Next > 

(total 783 results)

Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, is a former top diplomat who retired as India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. In his new political avatar, as an important minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Puri told INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS that
 
read-more
Aimed at consolidating cooperation between the armed forces of India and Saudi Arabia and explore new avenues of defence cooperation, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, visited Saudi Arabia on from 4-8 February 2018, writes Anil Bhat
 
read-more
Campus placement season is here and the news is that graduates from the top campuses in India, especially the IITs, have received six figure pay packets and job offers in the US. However, looking beyond the top 200 engineering schools in India, pay packets are not looking too promising. The reason is the emergence of new engineering sc
 
read-more
Representatives from ten Asia Pacific governments, parliaments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and international institutions - including from six South Asian countries - gathered in Bangkok to reflect and share knowledge and learnings on climate change finance and gender-inclusion as part of the Regional Dialogue on Climate Resili
 
read-more
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen “conveyed that mediation was not wanted at this stage” when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to him last week, Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujrric confirmed Thursday, writes Arul Louis
 
read-more
Srinivasan leaves his office in Bengaluru where the lights and air-conditioners are switched off when sensors planted inside notice that he is leaving. He is prompted on his e-watch as to how much time it would take for the elevator to arrive on his floor, based on movement-recognition, writes Rajendra Shende
 
read-more

The Indian government is undertaking a project to enhance and install infrastructures related to trade and customs along its northeastern frontier, that include trading points with Bhutan.

 
read-more

Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre held a lecture in the “China's Belt and Road Initiative: Nature, Implications and India's Response”

 
read-more
Column-image

What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? The Making of Early Kashmir explores these questions in relation to the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that shaped it up to the ...

 
Column-image

A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school puts on a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible— and one goes missing. The incident sets off ripples through their already fraught education in lust and witches, and over the years ...

 
Column-image

Title: Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani; Author: Mehr Tarar; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599

 
Column-image

From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice.

 
Column-image

'Another South Asia!' edited by Dev Nath Pathak makes a critical engagement with the questions about South Asia: What is South Asia? How can one pin down the idea of regionalism in South Asia wherein inter-state relations are often char...