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India’s Sri Lanka dilemma

The Tamil question in Sri Lanka has posed an almost intractable dilemma for Indian foreign policy for decades. During the three-decade long civil war between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), New Delhi moved from…
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Sri Lanka cremations

Sri Lanka has in a welcome move reversed its order that mandated all those dying of COVID-19 be cremated. The government had issued this controversial order last year based on fears expressed by some people that burying COVID-19 victims…
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PM’s visit to Sri Lanka

Almost 35 years ago, Imran Khan sparked a diplomatic incident when he led the Pakistan cricket team off the field to protest atrocious umpiring during a tour of Sri Lanka. It took the intervention of the presidents of both countries to…
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Impeach Trump again

President Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in office in defiance of democracy cannot be allowed to go unanswered, lest they invite more lawlessness from this president or those who follow. The attack on the Capitol on Wednesday (6) was…
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A message to Colombo

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s three-day visit to Sri Lanka was significant not for any specific outcomes but for what was achieved in political and diplomatic messaging by both sides. Jaishankar’s reminder in Colombo that the…
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Colombo plan

Life under the pandemic can be very difficult in most countries, but in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, it is dreadful for Muslims and Christians. Dead or alive, the minorities have plenty to fear there. Sri Lanka has made it mandatory to…
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