12
rajapaksa Courtesy: Sudath Silva/Flickr
12 August 2015

Will Rajapaksa return?

After losing power in January, Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president of Sri Lanka, is trying to re-enter politics by contesting for the prime minister’s seat in the elections on August 17. If he wins, it could destabilise Sri Lanka’s politics and impact relations with India, which had been hit under Rajapaksa’s rule. The future scenario will become clearer by next week.

Modi Sirisena Courtesy: gatewayhouse.in
13 February 2015

Turning point for India-Sri Lanka?

India has welcomed President Sirisena’s recent electoral victory largely because he is willing to check China’s rise in Sri Lanka. His visit to India next week is an opportunity for New Delhi to overcome its difficult relationship with former president Rajapaksa and offer its unconditional partnership to Colombo

Rajapaksa Courtesy: Wikipedia.org
15 January 2015

Rajapaksa: down but not out

Incumbent Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa lost to his opponent Maithripala Sirisena in the recent elections. The reasons have been attributed to nepotism and dwindling support from the Sinhala community. With considerable challenges awaiting the new government, it would be wise to not rule out a return of Mahinda

khurshid peiris mea Courtesy: Ministry of External Affairs, India
11 October 2013

India-Sri Lanka: Time to build new bonds

The recent elections in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province may not ensure the much-anticipated devolution of powers. Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy blogs about why the Indian government must ensure that domestic pressures do not adversely impact the New Delhi-Colombo equation or the internal politics of Sri Lanka

WikimediaCommons Courtesy: WikimediaCommons
20 March 2013

Vote on Sri Lanka: Vote on UPA

New Delhi has taken some opportunistic actions, such as its vote against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council, to pacify internal political demands. But these extract a price in the international arena. Should we anticipate a further decline in India’s regional and international credibility?

Ya_rayah_2007/Flickr Courtesy:
22 February 2013

India: Still at the Center of the Indian Ocean

In the recent months, New Delhi’s diplomacy in the Indian Ocean region has seen several upheavals. However, despite speculation to the contrary, why India is far from losing strategic influence in the Indian Ocean region?

Mending India-Sri Lanka relations Courtesy: PMO
24 September 2012

Mending India-Sri Lanka relations

It is evident that Tamil Nadu plays a large role in shaping India’s policy towards Sri Lanka. The recent visit to India by Sri Lanka’s President, coming promptly after aggressive rhetoric from Tamil Nadu, is yet another sign that foreign affairs cannot be outsourced to regional or state governments.

Indian policy and Sri Lanka civil war - A time for re-evaluation Courtesy: Ulflarsen/WikimediaCommons
6 May 2011

Indian policy and Sri Lanka civil war – A time for re-evaluation

After the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord broke down in 1989, India took a back-seat in answering Sri Lanka’s national question and became a passive observer. It was as if India simply refused to acknowledge the existence of an ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese and Tamils.

12