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Sri Lanka: Don’t underestimate Rajapaksa

Paper No. 5843                                 Dated 16-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

After President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his surprise challenger Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who quit his office as Minister, filed their nominations for the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 the contest has become exciting.

The Centrality of Economics in Sri Lanka

Paper No. 5839                                  Dated 05-Dec-2014

By Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan

The focus of this paper is to highlight the need for economic independence combined with political support of India when seeking autonomy in the context of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapakse in the Departure Lounge

Paper No. 5834                                        Dated 01-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

This piece is premised on the assumption that President Mahinda Rajapakse (Mahinda) may be defeated on 8 January 2015, which is not the same as saying it is a certainty - that is too early to judge since the Maithripala Sirisena (Maithri) challenge needs to prove its endurance.

India and the issue of independent Tamil Eelam: Q & A

 Paper No. 5822                                       Dated 18-Nov-2014

Col. R. Hariharan

Text of an E-mail interview with Dr Parasaran Rangarajan, editor-in-chief of the International Law Journal of London, on November 16, 2014 is reproduced here.

Sri Lanka: Karuna’s allegations about IPKF’s human rights violations

Paper No. 5819                                  Dated 10-Nov-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

Sri Lanka Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, known as Karuna Amman in his earlier incarnation as LTTE commander of Batticaloa, accused the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) of rape and killings during its war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 90.

Speaking in Parliament on November 4, he said the IPKF had raped several Tamil women and also killed Tamils and “there is evidence for that.”

Security concerns over Chinese submarines visit to Colombo

Paper No. 5818                                     Dated 10-Nov-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

Chinese Submarines in Sri Lanka

Paper No. 5817                                  Dated 10-Nov-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

The docking of two Chinese submarines in Sri Lanka within a space of two months raises pertinent questions. As any naval expert would agree docking of submarines is essentially different from port-calls or docking by a warship, because a submarine is a stealth weapon.

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