Category Archives: Srilanka

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 →

How China is gaining ground in Lanka with `pro-India’ Ranil govt; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0058/2016 Courtesy: Times of India  When Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe took over the government in Sri Lanka, their main claim was to undo the wrongs done by the previous Mahinda Rajapakse regime to the national economy and foreign policy. There was widespread apprehension in Sri Lanka that Mahinda was selling out the national interests of Sri Lanka to China on all counts. So when Sri Lankan… Read Article →

Book Review: The Other Tamils of Sri Lanka; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0047/2016 Courtesy: The Book Review, VOLUME XL NUMBER 3 March 2016 Kumari Jayawardena and Rachel Kurian, Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest (Orient Black Swan, Hyderabad, 2015), Price not mentioned.  The book traces two centuries old history of plantations in Sri Lanka from its inception in the early 19th century to the present. In so doing the book highlights the complex… Read Article →

Comments on Sri Lanka-India PMs’ Talks; By Col. R. Hariharan

CAS article no:  0014/2015 (This article is based on the notes used in a TV panel discussion on the talks between the visiting Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15, 2015. It touches upon three issues that figured in their statements at a press meet on the same day.) Question: It is rather strange that when Sri Lanka government has not reduced the… Read Article →

Comments on India’s gift of a Ship to Sri Lanka Navy; By Col. R. Hariharan

CAS article no:  0005/2015 [This article includes comments on the subject made in a TV​ interview to a news channel  on August 31, 2015.] India has handed over a Coast Guard ship to Sri Lanka Navy as a gift. Tamil Nadu political leaders have strongly condemned it because Sri Lanka Navy had used such “gifts” from India to attack our fishermen and destroy the Sea Tiger boats during the Eelam War. MDMK leader Vaiko… Read Article →

Takeaways from Sri Lanka general election; By Col R Hariharan 

CAS article no:  0003/2015 After the din of recently concluded general election in Sri Lanka is over, the United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister. He is poised to work with a national unity government. There are eight takeaways from the election and its aftermath that can help in visualising the future course of events in the island nation. 1.     Positive trends:… Read Article →

Sri Lanka elections: tumbling skeletons and bumbling politicians; By Col. R. Hariharan

CAS article no: 0001/2015 With a week to go before Sri Lanka people elect a new parliament, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa predicted the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which had fielded him, to win “up to” 117 seats. However, a pre-election survey showed only 27.5 percent voters preferred him over his bête noir and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the rival United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), who… Read Article →