COLOMBO CHRONICLE

COLOMBO CHRONICLE

Indian Muslims face unprecedented suppression under Modi’s watch: US turn a blind...


Muslims in India are over 14% of the total Indian population of 1.2 billion. But they are worse off, not only in comparison with the majority Hindus, but also in comparison with the officially... More

Rise of China has led to militarization of the Indian Ocean


One of the fallouts of the rise of China as an economic and military power in recent times has been the militarization of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The campaign to keep... More

Attacks on Christians in India could be linked to coming elections


The Christmas eve attacks on Christians in some parts of North India may well be a dress rehearsal for stepped up violence against this minority community by the Bharatiya Janata Prty (BJP) and its... More

Narrow defeat in Modi’s Gujarat signals Congress comeback


The narrow defeat that the Congress party suffered in the just concluded Gujarat State Assembly elections clearly signals the re-entry of the Congress into the Indian political arena as the main challenge to the... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?


It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance... More

A paradox in this year’s memorialization of dead Tamil Tiger cadres


The conflict in Sri Lanka over the memorialization of Tamil Tiger militants through the annual observance of Maaveerar Naal or Great Heroes’ Day on November 27, is showing signs of fading. Paradoxically, these signs... More

Messages conveyed by the Islamabad standoff


The three-week long standoff in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad between the government and three radical Islamic groups ended on Saturday with the Security Forces using force to disperse the 2000 strong crowd. Two... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers Assam’s...


Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could... More

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations


Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India and Sri Lanka and water sharing between India and Bangladesh... More

US sales talk about carrier strike force’s four-day visit to Lanka


Justifying the four-day visit of the giant aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its five escort vessels to Colombo, the US Embassy said that during the stay in Colombo, the“carrier strike group” will add US$... More

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees


With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach


Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared... More

Brushed under the carpet for long, Jaffna’s social issues are coming to...


Issues of social inequality and oppression among the Tamils of North Sri Lanka, which were brushed under the carpet either by tradition or by the exigencies of war, are now coming into the open,... More

Lanka heads for political stalemate as extremisms come to the fore


Extremist ethno-politics is raising its head once again in Sri Lanka, both in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province and in the Sinhalese-dominated South, pushing the island nation towards a political stalemate once again.With the conflict... More

Factors protecting Myanmar from R2P action on Rohingya issue


While there is a genuine outcry all over world against the atrocities being committed against the Rohingyas of Myanmar by the military-backed Aung San Suu Kyi government in that country, no international punitive action... More

Political posturing unlikely to hamper Lanka’s constitution making process


Apprehensive about electoral consequences, political parties in Sri Lanka are either posturing on the on-going constitution-making process, or are maintaining stony silence on it. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by President Maithripala Sirisena,... More

India presses for consensus on “Indian Ocean identity”  


At the Second International Conference on the Indian Ocean held here on August 31 and September 1, India made an effort to get a broad consensus on what constitutes an  “Indian Ocean identity”. Is the... More

Silver linings in Sri Lanka’s dark political cloud


In contrast to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, the current dispensation in Sri Lanka headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is not blessed with political stability and a single chain... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is in sixes and sevens


It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government... More

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas


Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need to modernize to be...


India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on... More

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Keeping Afghanistan unstable suits the US and the Afghan regime

While there appears to be a general consensus on the necessity of bringing peace back to Afghanistan, the discourse of peace is delusional as the very definition of peace continues to be the subject of controversy even after the elapse of 16 years of war in Afghanistan, giving air... More

Air Marshal Asghar Khan: A genuine Pakistani, a great man

As its youngest and first ever Pakistani Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) to head the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) from 1957 to 1965, Air Marshal Asghar Khan is eulogized not only for his professional acumen but also for the national significance he achieved. His vision and honesty, integrity and commitment to his... More

Myanmar’s peace process attracts increasing Western interest

Myanmar’s peace process is set to progress this year, with the next peace conference – dubbed the 21st Panglong – scheduled to convene at the end of this month. However increased fighting in Kachin and Shan state, violence and unrest in Karenni and Karen areas may yet cause the... More

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

How far will China go to achieve its military goals?

For those in India wondering how things would pan out with China, post-Doklam, the unmistakable message was given by President Xi Jinping himself: Military power will play a big role in China’s foreign policy. In a symbolic gesture, as is China’s wont, Xi, wearing military fatigues... More

US creates Afghan transit route with counter-narrative in Central Asia

The US President Donald Trump made a significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Afghan war by getting Kazakhstan President Nurusultan Nazarbayev to commit at their meeting in the White House on January 16 to pledge “to deepen bilateral defense and security relationships… (and) to conclude several... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More