China: Rise of the middle class and prospects for Democracy

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In 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama published The End of History, a book arguing that liberal democracy had emerged as the only viable system of government...

Physician, cure thyself first!

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By N Sathiya Moorthy The recent event in New Zealand, where a Sri Lankan Muslim was shot dead after he stabbed six persons in an...

Minorities dilemma in China

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China is a country of immense diversity in terrain, climate, and especially people. There are 56 officially recognized ethnic groups. The largest is the...

Where from here, Namal?

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By N Sathiya Moorthy Less than a fortnight after the event, the nation has forgotten President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s mini-reshuffle of his Cabinet. Rather, the changes...

Academic freedom in the Chinese context

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By Ashanti Warunasuriya Academic freedom means that both faculty members and students can engage in intellectual debate without fear of censorship or retaliation. It establishes...

When Sri Lankan lives matter…

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By N Sathiya Moorthy President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s belated announcement to declare a 10-day, nation-wide lock-down beginning 20 August could not have been delayed any further....

Revisiting Pakistan’s Role in Afghanistan

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Since the days of the ancient Silk Route, Afghanistan has remained the sole connecting bridge between South Asia and Europe. For each of those...

How ‘inclusive’ can democracy be?

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By N Sathiya Moorthy Appearing before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), headed by Leader of the House, Dinesh Gunawardena, who is also the new Education...

Addressing misconceptions on agricultural practices in Sri Lanka’s tea plantations

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By Dr. Roshan Rajadurai The recent move by the government to ensure the availability of fertiliser critical for the country’s agriculture sector is welcomed by...

China-Pakistan relationship and Gwadar Seaport : Some trepidations

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Pakistan and China enjoy close and friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in May 1951. Pakistan was one of the first countries...