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Ruthless Rajapaksas back in power, they’ll go after Sri Lankan NGOs, Tamils & institutions

Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President and brother Mahinda as PM will try to undermine fragile democratic gains Sri Lanka has made in recent years.

Modi right to invite Rajapaksa for a reset, but India pushed Sri Lanka into China trap

New Delhi will have to seriously rethink its Sri Lanka policy. It must start by countering President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘pro-China’ image.
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India need not fear Rajapaksa’s win and Sri Lanka’s embrace of China

New Delhi must be watchful but not necessarily too concerned about China angle in Sri Lanka. Colombo has the rationale, reason and space for engaging both.

In Brazil for BRICS summit, Modi’s mind will be on Maharashtra and eyes on Sri Lanka

Few other places have had such a grip on India’s imagination like Sri Lanka, and not just because of the Ramayana connection.
Major General Shavendra Silva with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS/Twitter

Be it Shavendra Silva or Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s love for ‘war criminals’ runs deep

Sirisena’s appointment of Shavendra Silva as Army commander looks like a well-timed political manoeuvre ahead of presidential vote.
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Easter massacre opens door for strongman Rajapaksa to return in Sri Lanka

The major security lapse on the part of Sri Lanka's govt has given former president Rajapaksa and his brother a chance to make a comeback.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

Rajapaksa’s dark legacy looms large over Sri Lanka and won’t clear anytime soon

Rajapaksa – alleged war criminal & autocrat – isn’t backing out from his claim to be Sri Lanka's prime minister.
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‘We will uphold democracy’: Holed up in Colombo mansion, Ranil Wickremesinghe vows to fight

While Wickremesinghe insists he holds a majority in parliament, former president Rajapaksa enjoys support for ending the country’s brutal 26-year civil war.
Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (C) takes part in a press conference in Colombo | LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s speaker warns of bloodshed as political crisis deepens

Sri Lankan parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya fears violence if leadership struggle isn't settled in the legislature.
Maithripala Sirisena

US wants Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena to immediately reconvene parliament

Sirisena sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe last week and appointed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.