Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Winning hearts

President Sirisena talks about national reconciliation. He must build on what he says.


Let them speak

The new government in Colombo promises to devolve political power to Tamils. It may help start a conversation.


Police raids Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home in Sri Lanka

Police were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank.

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Hardline Lanka Buddhists to launch party, say inspired by BJP, RSS

“We wish we had a leader like Narendra Modi,” says chief executive of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).

Colombo calling

Sirisena administration has reached out, New Delhi must reciprocate.


Complaints against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brothers, police probe launched

Rajapaksa’s defeat in the presidential election has seen his family being reported to the police and to an anti-graft commission.


Indian spy’s role alleged in former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election defeat: Reports

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions.


The Big Picture: Sri Lanka’s Forever War

As a new president takes over in the island country, the Tamils in the north hope things will change.


Chinese Takeaway: Regime Change

The exit of Rajapaksa is a diplomatic problem in the near term for Beijing.


Mahinda Rajapaksa agrees to step down as Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s boss

Sirisena went on to topple Rajapaksa and end his decade-long rule in the January 8 polls.


Mahinda Rajapaksa denies post-election coup bid

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government will order an official investigation as a priority.


Colombo collective

Rajapaksa was defeated by the most broadbased coalition to date in Sri Lanka


Colombo powershift is Delhi opportunity

Rajapaksa’s active support to the Chinese proposal on the Maritime Silk Road has magnified New Delhi’s concerns about Colombo’s embrace of Beijing.


Rising tide of anger sinks Rajapaksa’s chances

Rajapaksa’s family-centric rule was another major reason for people to turn their backs to him.

A new Sri Lanka

The country’s new president must undo the troubling Rajapaksa legacy, especially vis-a-vis minorities.