The Great Geo-political Game: Presidential Election and the Geneva discourse

The Sri Lankan government and the Sinhala nation are facing a crisis; the Rajapakse regime is now confronted by a united Sinhala opposition under the common candidature of Maithiripala Sirisena and there lies.....

Sri Lanka’s Electoral Dysfunction: Why it could be a choice between two oppressors

On Jan. 8, two years ahead of schedule, Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election that could help restore democracy by scrapping the country’s authoritarian presidency and replacing it with a strong.....

Rethinking strategy: Some reflections on political structures and accountability

It gives me great pleasure to speak to you today as part of this distinguished panel. I wish to thank the International Association of Tamil Journalists – or IATAJ – which has organised this forum. I also wish to thank the individual sponsors.....

Tamil national resistance and the limits of Sinhala liberal intelligentsia

Since the conclusion of genocidal massacres in Mullivaaykkaal and the annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sinhala chauvinist Sri Lankan state has taken unparalleled measures to criminalize the commemoration of national resistance and to .....

Time to reassess the roles and strategies of the Student Movement

In early 2014, the IUSF submitted a 69-page report highlighting State Suppression of the Students’ Movement of Sri Lanka (released alongwith the Students for Human Rights). According to statistics presented in the report, during the.....

Militarization of civil spaces and the tract of education

Two years after the FUTA’s MOU with the government of Sri Lanka, militarization of Education — under the larger militarizing interests of the State — is still in force. The Students’ Movement makes a low key ruffle regarding.............

Unmaking the 'Middle Path': Hate the game, not the Player

This is a revision of a previous post. That was written as a critique of the TNA policy. Highlighting the folly in TNA aspiring to be a “national” party.  Using the same principle, this revision tries to highlight why Tamils or Muslims can never.....

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