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India Asks Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Government to Ensure Power Devolution
January 12, 2021

India Asks Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Government to Ensure Power Devolution

By Sudha Ramachandran
New Delhi has significant stakes in making sure the island nation's ethnic Tamil minority is not further marginalized.

Sri Lanka’s Democracy on the Edge
September 26, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Democracy on the Edge

By Sudha Ramachandran
A proposed constitutional amendment would undo the progress made toward an accountable presidency and a strong parliament.
Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators
September 25, 2020

Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators

By Bansari Kamdar
Money, pedigree, sexism and social norms keep Sri Lanka’s largest electorate – the country’s women – out of politics.

Sri Lanka Elections: Tamils Have Not Abandoned Human Rights for Economic Development
August 24, 2020

Sri Lanka Elections: Tamils Have Not Abandoned Human Rights for Economic Development

By J. S. Tissainayagam
Sri Lanka’s ethnic minority remains committed to both, but not one at the expense of the other.

Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again
August 07, 2020

Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

By Sudha Ramachandran
A landslide win in general elections caps off the family's political comeback. Where does Sri Lanka go from here?

The Shrinking Space for Minorities and Dissent in Sri Lanka
February 05, 2020

The Shrinking Space for Minorities and Dissent in Sri Lanka

By StoriesAsia
An interview with activist Ruki Fernando on Gotabaya’s presidency.

Sri Lanka President Urges Limit on Minority Political Power
January 03, 2020

Sri Lanka President Urges Limit on Minority Political Power

By Associated Press
Sinhala nationalists say minority politicians hold the governments ransom to promote their racial agendas, undermining the status of the Sinhalese.
Sri Lanka’s Election Results Reveal a Divided Country
December 13, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Election Results Reveal a Divided Country

By Bahauddin Foizee
Religious nationalism influenced Sri Lanka's election results -- and that influence is not going away anytime soon.

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?
November 27, 2019

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A closer look at what Sri Lanka’s recent election results may mean for ties between New Delhi and Colombo.

India’s Approach to the Sri Lankan Election: Proactive and Pre-emptive?
November 23, 2019

India’s Approach to the Sri Lankan Election: Proactive and Pre-emptive?

By Ashutosh Nagda
Rather than a reactionary response to the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, India appeared prepared for the political developments in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Are Back in Power
November 18, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Are Back in Power

By Sudha Ramachandran
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense secretary in his brother Mahinda's government, promises a strong hand as he takes over the presidency.
Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act
November 08, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Next President Will Inherit a Diplomatic Balancing Act

By Mohammed Shihab
The winner of the Nov. 16 poll will have to balance competing great powers as well as safeguard security and sovereignty at home.

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