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No International Economic Fix for Democracy in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan peoples’ calls for change cannot be set aside with quick economic fixes.

‘Health for All’ in Neo-liberal Times

Striving for Equity: Healthcare in Sri Lanka from Independence to the Millennium, 1948–2000 by Margaret Jones, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2020; pp xiii+ 259, `790.

Sri Lanka Stumbles into a Solvency Problem

Majoritarianism and excessive centralisation of powers are the primary reasons for the economic turmoil.

Lessons from Sri Lanka

Ethnocracy and concentration of power can derail even an affluent nation.

COVID-19 and the Sri Lankan Economy

COVID-19 has been rapidly spreading across the globe, taking thousands of lives and bringing hundreds of economies to a standstill. Its initial impact on China’s economy and China’s consequent slowdown may have adverse economic impacts on the rest of the world as well. This article examines the impact of COVID-19 on the Sri Lankan economy, focusing on the sectors such as national output and employment, tourism, exchange rate and financial market and social and welfare.

Geoffrey Bawa and Ludic Modernism

Geoffrey Bawa (1919–2003) was Sri Lanka’s most celebrated architect in the 20th century and his half-a-century long career shaped the nation’s visage to the world, even as Bawa’s ludic and polystylistic architectural innovations sat uneasily with Sri Lanka’s majoritarianism grown increasingly...

The Paan on My Plate

Brought to India from the tea estates of Sri Lanka, paan is a humble bread that tells the story of Indian Tamils who migrated to Ceylon as indentured labour.

Constraints of Reason in the Era of Radicalisation

Even as we search for reasons, it is necessary to pause and think seriously about what can be done differently to address increased terrorism in this era of radicalisation.

Preventing Post-LTTE Violence in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government offered a comprehensive and far-reaching reforms package after the defeat of the two Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna insurgencies by the security forces. The state should therefore offer the same package in a continuation of its policy after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to prevent political violence.

Sri Lanka sans the LTTE?

With the impending total defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, this secessionist group will cease to be a political force in Sri Lanka. But will there be a political solution to the ethnic conflict in the aftermath of the government's military success? Events in the coming weeks and months will show the extent to which President Rajapakse can open up a new political process to lay the foundation for a new polity in which the majority as well as the minority communities can live in dignity, equality and coexistence. However, in the short run it is difficult to envisage a situation where the government will give priority to any extension of the existing devolution framework towards greater regional autonomy. Usually, one-sided military victories are not followed by major political reforms.

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