While corruption, nepotism and the politicisation of state institutions figured centrally in the lead up to the presidential elections, the Opposition’s economic policy orientation remained unclear. As the election campaign gained momentum with criticism of the Rajapaksa regime’s economic development policies, some actors such as Ranil Wickremesinghe hinted at the need for more liberalisation. However, JHU inside the coalition and the JVP with its own anti-regime campaign became critical of the massive infrastructure build-out on foreign borrowings over the last few years.
The Opposition in Sri Lanka is trying hard to respond to President Rajapaksa’s well-oiled campaign, riding high on a message of safeguarding national security and ensuring development
There is a political rush in Sri Lanka. The Budget Speech was made a month ahead of schedule, the Pope is to visit in January, and now Presidential Elections may be jammed in before or after that. Is this a moment of panic?
Is the ruling regime worried about losing its electoral base? Or is it concerned about a looming economic crisis?
நவதாராளவாதமானது நுகர்வு, கடன்கள் மற்றும் ஏனைய பொருளாதார விடயங்களிலும் எம்மை சமூகமாக அன்றி தனிநபர்களாக இயங்க வைக்க முயற்சிக்கின்றது என்பதுவே உண்மையாகும். அடிப்படையில் சமூகங்களை தனிநபர்களாக தகர்பதுவும் நவதாராளவாத சித்தாந்தத்தின் முக்கிய அம்சங்களில் ஒன்றாகவுள்ளது.
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REBUILDING: Some positive changes have taken place after the war but much remains to be done to support the local economy such as investing in appropriate rural infrastructure, controlling market price fluctuations, and supporting measures to strengthen co-operatives. Photo: AP
As five years after the war is marked by militarised victory celebrations, who speaks for the continuing suffering of the survivors in the North and East?
India’s support for devolution of power and substantive demilitarisation are all overshadowed by the Palk Bay fishing conflict between Tamil Nadu fishers and Northern Sri Lankan fishers
In response to an article I wrote last month in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) on the second wave of neoliberalism in Sri Lanka, Muttukrishna Sarvananthan and Kumar David have offered disparate critiques from diverging positions. While Sarvananthan claims that government policy is insufficiently neoliberal (EPW, 21st September 2013), David takes the view that neoliberalism is more or less redundant (Sunday Island, 15th September 2013).
Four years after the end of the devastating war in northern Sri Lanka, the much-delayed elections for the first civil administration in the Northern Province are to be held in September. There have been many debates on the viability of such a Provincial Council, including on the kind of powers it will enjoy and the possibility of it becoming the starting point for a political solution to the ethnic problem.
උතුරේ විනාශකාරී යුද්ධයෙන් වසර හතරකට පසුව, සිවිල් පරිපාලනයක් ස්ථාපිත කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් දිගින් දිගටම ප්රමාද කළ උතුරු පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය සැප්තැම්බරයේදී පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතය. එවැනි මැතිවරණයක් පැවැත්වීමේ හැකියාව පිළිබඳවත්, උතුරු පළාත් සභාවට හිමිවන බලතල සහ ජනවාර්ගික අර්බුදයට දේශපාලන විසඳුමක් ගෙන ඒමේ ආරම්භක පියවරක් ලෙස එයට ඇති ශක්යතාවය පිළිබඳවත් විවිධාකාරයේ වාද විවාදයන් සිදු වෙමින් පවතී.
இலங்கையில் இராணுவமயமாக்கம் மற்றும் பொறுப்புச் சொல்லுதல்இ நழுவிச் செல்லும் அரசியல் தீh;வூ பற்றிய விவாதங்களின் மத்தியில் பொருளாதர நிலைமாற்றம் பற்றிய கலந்துரையாடல்கள் அhpதாகவே உள்ளன.