Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka PM’s visit to New Delhi; By Col Hariharan

CAS article no. 0049/2017 Courtesy: Security Risks Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited to New Delhi on November 23-24, 2017. During his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speeding up decisions related to India-Sri Lanka joint venture projects in Sri Lanka to solve “problems that have emerged” topped the agenda. The projects discussed included India developing the Trincomalee harbor including the Oil Tank farms project as… Read Article →

Sri Lanka Perspectives (September 2017); By Col. Hariharan

CAS article no. 0046/2017 Courtesy: Security Risks Sri Lanka has once again been embarrassed when a human rights group – the International Truth and Justice Project – filed lawsuits against Sri Lankan ambassador to Brazil (concurrently accredited to Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Suriname) General Jagath Jayasuriya, former chief of defence staff and  army commander, for his alleged complicity and role in torture of prisoners, artillery strikes on hospitals and civilian… Read Article →

Right of Innocent Passage for Fishing Vessels: Issues and Challenges; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0036/2017 Courtesy: National Maritime Foundation There have been a few recent arrests of Sri Lankan vessels by the Indian Coast Guard while returning after fishing in international waters. Twenty nine fishermen with the vessels were also arrested on 27 April 2017 by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency on charges of trespassing (see). Such arrests of fishers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indiaby the respective maritime security agencies… Read Article →

China’s Increasing Role in World Affairs; By Mr. M. R. Sivaraman

CAS article no. 0030/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China is once again in the limelight with the US government bent on forcing North Korea into submission and disabling it to an extent that it does not flex its muscles against its neighbours and periodically threaten the US with a nuclear strike. China for its own reasons has fostered and nurtured North Korea perhaps as a bulwark against the… Read Article →

Sri Lanka Perspectives – February 2017; By Colonel R Hariharan

  CAS article no. 0019/2017 Limelight again on Sri Lanka in UNHRC session  Sri Lanka is once again under of stress as the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) commencing in Geneva in March 2017 when the Human Rights Commissioner will present his report on Sri Lanka’s follow up actions to meet the requirements of the UNHRC resolution of October 2015.  Sri Lanka had agreed to fulfilwithin two years… Read Article →

Welcome Gesture to Hindu Refugees from Neighbouring Countries; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0116/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  A news item in the Sunday edition (July 10, 2016) of New Indian Express holds out the promise of Indian citizenship to Hindu refugees from neighbouring South Asian countries, especially Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make this historic announcement after unfurling the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day, August… Read Article →

Kachchatheevu – Mixed Signals; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0089/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  The popular Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalamurai last week came out with the sensational news that Sri Lankan naval personnel are present in the Island of Kachchatheevu. Sri Lanka watchers who were interviewed were of the view that Sri Lankan Navy was supervising the reconstruction of St. Anthony’s Church. St Anthony is the guardian angel of fishermen who will rescue them… Read Article →

Refugees – Plea for a Humane Approach; by Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0088/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  Seven years have passed since the Tigers were decimated.  The hope that many entertained that the Sri Lankan refugees will return to their homeland has not materialized. The organizations involved in the rehabilitation process – Government of Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai and UNHCR in Chennai  –  have simplified the procedures, but the return of the refugees… Read Article →

Why Katchatheevu is non-issue for fishermen, good for politics; By Cmde. R. S. Vasan    

CAS article no. 0062/2016 Courtesy: Times Of India While MK, Jaya Spar Over Ceding Of The Island, They Ignore Problems Of Trawling In the run-up to the state elections, both the AIADMK and the DMK have been bringing up the issue of ceding of Katchatheevu in 1974 and blaming each other for the woes of fishermen in Palk Bay.While the AIADMK accuses the DMK of remaining silent and not acting against… Read Article →