The Western and Indian response to Sri Lankan aspirations has sent the island nation into the arms of China and Pakistan. But Colombo’s trust must be won. For Sri Lanka is vital to India’s security and the sea lanes of the Indian Ocean.
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India and Sri Lanka have a complicated relationship but it is time for India to realise that ignoring what is happening in Sri Lanka puts India at a disadvantage in its own backyard
In his new book, “Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power,” Robert D. Kaplan surmises that globalization will trigger a pivotal shift in the twenty-first century – the Indian Ocean will emerge as the geopolitical centre of global power and conflict.
Though the thirty year long civil war in Sri Lanka is over, Tamils still live in an uneasy peace. Their political demands for autonomy have not yet been met, and the possibility of violence re-emerging continues to linger in military-occupied Tamil territories.
After winning a decades-long war in 2009, President Mahinda Rajpakse leveraged his popularity to assume greater powers for himself by amending the Constitution, making him virtually leader-for-life. Could this lead to one-party rule? And what will this mean for Sri Lanka and its Tamil minority?
The 18th amendment to Sri Lanka's constitution provides yet another obstacle to democracy. What are the implications of indefinite Presidential terms for the island country?
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The Sri Lankan government continues to evade any investigation into the deaths of 7000 civilians in its decades-long civil war with the LTTE.
China’s presence in the subcontinent is granting opportunities for the economic development of Sri Lanka and Nepal. Is this a genuine economic initiative or another tactic to undermine India's influence in the region?
With the end of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, China has made forays into the island country -- collaborating on the construction of a major port and an SEZ. Indian analysts feel that this initiative is yet another ploy to serve China's strategic interests in South Asia