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Rathindra Kuruwita

Rathindra Kuruwita

Rathindra Kuruwita is a journalist and a researcher from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rathindra Kuruwita is a journalist and a researcher from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds an MSc in Strategic Studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore. He was also a fellow at Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, USA, and a participant in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) conducted by the U.S. Department of State. He writes on security and international relations for several publications and has written extensively on the Sri Lanka-China relationship. Follow him on X.

Posts by Rathindra Kuruwita
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October 05, 2023

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Wades Into India-Canada Controversy

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Weighing in on India’s side may secure Colombo brownie points in New Delhi. But it could ruffle feathers in Canada, a historic sponsor of UN resolutions against Sri Lanka.
September 18, 2023

Sri Lankans Are Positive About Religious Diversity, Says Pew Survey

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The study also says that most Sri Lankans want monks and religious leaders to stay out of politics. Are political parties listening?

September 11, 2023

Why Did India’s Defense Minister Cancel His Trip to Sri Lanka?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
A section of Sri Lankan officials believes that Colombo’s plans to make a power agreement with the Adani Group officially government-to-government could have prompted Delhi’s decision.

August 15, 2023

AidData Report Warns of a Chinese Naval Base in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port

By Rathindra Kuruwita
But China is not in a position to defend any of the eight bases it might set up in the next two to five years, the report points out.

August 02, 2023

India-Sri Lanka Vision Document: Old Wine, New Bottle?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Much of the plans outlined in the statement have been discussed for years and not implemented because they are not viable.
July 27, 2023

Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Efforts Get Stuck in the 13th Amendment, Again

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Perhaps the path to reconciliation is a new amendment to the constitution, something most people can agree to.

July 12, 2023

Israel’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Dirty War

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The West slams Pakistan and China for supplying arms used by Sri Lanka in alleged war crimes against Tamils during the civil war but is silent on Israel’s complicity.
June 22, 2023

Devotion of Fans Lets South Asian Cricketers Get Away With Crimes

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Cricketers enjoy prestige and popularity. Their connections to the political and business elite enable them to get away easily even with sexual assault.

June 07, 2023

Workers Worry as Sri Lanka Begins Reforming Labor Laws Again

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Labor reforms are touted as a panacea for economic woes but they essentially aim at facilitating dismissal of workers.

May 24, 2023

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Contribution to Securing an IMF Loan for Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The Sri Lankan president finds himself in a unique situation that allows him to implement IMF recommendations in full, a fact that the IMF wouldn’t have missed.

May 11, 2023

Sri Lankan Ports Need Investment and China Steps In

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Several Chinese delegations have traveled to Sri Lanka in recent months and Chinese investments could spike, prompting alarmist reporting in the Indian media.
April 28, 2023

Sri Lanka’s Proposed Anti-terror Law Makes Dissent an Act of Terror

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The government is arming itself with a law to crush mass protests and strikes aimed at opposing its economic policies and IMF austerity measures.

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