24 February 2018
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A bridge across the Palk Straits

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Sri Lanka should be our closest neighbour by all yardsticks including cultural and emotional. Both the majority, the Sinhala Buddhists, and the Tamil Hindus have umbilical ties with India. That being the case, why does the foreign policy establishment in New Delhi, including the highest political levels, experience extreme discomfort every time the Sri Lankan 'issue' figures in a multilateral setting, particularly the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva? The issue in the present case involves minority rights and the mass atrocities reportedly committed in the last 100 days of the military campaign against the LTTE in May 2009.

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Community policing or counter-terrorism: What was Britain doing in Sri Lanka?

uk flagCommunity policing. It sounds harmless enough. I picture a bobby on the beat in a hi-vis vest, listening to local people's concerns about crime. Read more...

The people cannot be duped forever - Dr. Vickramabahu Karunarathna

election boardThe election results for the two provincial councils, western and southern, clearly indicate the erosion of the chauvinist mass base of the Mahinda regime. This was expected by the opposition. On the other hand the government leaders believed that by showing the bogey of international imperialist intervention, they could dupe the plebeian masses to cluster around the regime. They think that by wearing a white sarong and waving the fist in the right direction they could arouse the patriotic feelings of Sinhala masses. Read more...

Bash the US then what? - Dr. Vickramabahu Karunarathna


geneva vikramaTamil ultras, it is reported, are planning a march in Geneva next week to burn copies of the US sponsored resolution against alleged human rights violations in Lanka. At the same time some Tamil websites report approvingly of Tamil Nadu students burning the resolution, implicitly encourage others to do so, showing hostility to the resolution. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and the British Tamil Forum have taken a very critical stand in relation to the American resolution. This shows that some sections of the Tamil people have realised the real role of the Americans. Read more...

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