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President Sirisena’s pledge to re-introduce the death penalty faces many hurdles


President Maithripala Sirisena’s most recent vow to resume execution of those convicted of “drug offences” came last week when he told the Sri Lankan parliament that he will implement the death penalty within the next two months. Sirisena’s... More

Sirisena’s candidature as SLPP nominee for presidential ruled out as Gotabhaya emerges...


Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) appeared to be almost certain that the United States will agree to relieve former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of American More

Once bitten twice shy, India cultivates all political leaders in Lanka


Days after former president and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa seemed to be building bridges with India in his latest visit to the country for the Bengaluru conclave organised by The Hindu newspaper, Sri Lanka’s neighbour has... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s overtures to India: Setting the political turf right for the...

In a serious bid to recalibrate his and his party Sri Lanka Podujana Perumana’s (SLPP) ties with India, leader of opposition and former president Mahinda Rajapksa said in Bengaluru on February 9 that “misunderstandings” of the past—in... More

Which will cause electoral reverses for Modi’s BJP in Lok Sabha polls...


With parliamentary elections slightly over two months away, the brazenly violent attacks on Muslims in the name of beef-eating and cow protection have stopped but the BJP, both at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, continues to milk More

On Sri Lankan independence day, Sirisena says he is opposed to national...


As Sri Lanka commemorated 71 years of freedom from British rule on Monday, President Maithripala Sirisena admitted that the country had failed to find a long-term solution to restore More

UNP keen to form national govt, as Mahinda Rajapksa looks at multiple...


With just about eight months for the presidential election and amid Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) leader Mahinda Rajapaksa turning the heat on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government, the More

TNA leaders claims Sinhalese politics of denial could spur Tamil extremism


If the Sinhala South does not agree to a new constitution as a means to initiate a solution for an administrative power-sharing model with Sri Lanka’s North, More

A Sri Lankan wedding, pre-presidential poll politics and an election commissioner’s looming...


It has been four days and social media has still not stopped talking about the wedding of Rohitha Rajapaksa, the son of opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, to his long-time girlfriend Tatyana Lee Jayaratne on January 24. One... More

Sri Lanka war heroes, a jailed racist monk and fears of Muslims...


Many an eyebrow was raised last week when the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando made the controversial statement that war heroes are those who have won medals and not others More

Priyanka Gandhi a shot in the arm for Congress, but tie-ups with...


The unexpected entry of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into politics, already being heralded as the ‘second’ emergence of Indira Gandhi, took the BJP by complete surprise and could potentially infuse the Congress with new energy following its dramatic... More

Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants living in Kolkata’s suburban towns see citizenship hope in...


Radhika Burman shudders recall the moments when she almost lost her breath while running desperately to save the lives of her two infants clutched in her arms. Her husband ran along with their five-year- More

Sirisena announces Sri Lanka will follow Philippines’ model on war against drugs


Weeks after he caused a national crisis by ousting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as premier and then backing down after his hand was forced by a judicial decree to reappoint Wickremesinghe and reinstate... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sirisena prepare the ground to taken on the UNP...


Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday officially assumed duties as opposition leader, pledging to build a broad coalition against the government and declaring that he would prioritise pushing the government to resolving economic challenges, mainly in the agrarian sector... More

Rajapaksa’s SLPP says new constitution does not address economic issues of Sri...


Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has rejected the steering committee’s report on the proposed new constitution, stating that it will work towards More

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa: The presidential face-off in Sri Lanka has...


Amid rumours that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa had handed over documents to formally renounce his US citizenship, he carried out a second public rally last Saturday to woo people for... More

Lanka likely to be wooed not by new constitution but by new...


Despite the hype, what was submitted to parliament on Friday was not officially declared to be the much anticipateddraft constitution but a report by a panel of experts on the interim report and subcommittee reports which looked... More

New Lankan constitution could open old wounds if SLPP and SLFP resort...


After a brief lull, Sri Lankan politics has turned hyper again with the draft of a new constitution scheduled to be tabled in parliament on January 11 (today). The controversial draft constitution is seen by former President... More

From Golwalkar to Modi and other lesser BJP minions, why India’s right-wing...


In ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’, M S Golwalkar, the ‘intellectual’ torchbearer of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and guruji of India’s political right claims, while arguing that the Aryans More

Sheikh Hasina does away with Awami League old guard and allies as...


A week after winning a controversial election to the Bangladesh national assembly with a brute majority, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday (January 6) struck against the Awami League old guard by excluding some of the party heavyweights... More

Indian Rupee may soon be legal tender in Zimbabwe as Delhi mulls...


Five years after the Zimbabwean central bank announced that several foreign currencies would be accepted as legal tender, the Indian rupee may soon be used in that country even as the finance ministry-controlled Security Printing and Minting... More

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Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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