Blog Politics 

Making of a new constitution for Sri Lanka: Let wiser counsel prevail

By Tassie Seneviratne “Constitution making in Sri Lanka has become a highly contentious issue.  The problem lies in the challenge to democracy, arising from the polarization of the two main ethnic groups – the Sinhalese and the Tamils – and the mistrust that has been simmering since Independence culminating in the ‘Vaddukoddai Resolution’ in 1976”. The talking point throughout the country these days is about the making of a new constitution for Sri Lanka. Principles of democracy as enunciated by the USA and accepted in most democracies and relevant to…

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Book Review Politics 

Book Review: Dilip Hiro’s ‘The Longest August’

The Unflinching Rivalry between India and Pakistan By Reginald Massey Dilip Hiro is an authority on South Asian, Central Asian and Middle Asian Affairs. He has authored thirty-five books in 88 editions and writes for the New York Times, The Guardian and the Washington Post. He commentates for CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera. His latest book The Longest August: the Unflinching Rivalry between India and Pakistan (Nation Books, Perseus Books Group, New York:ISBN 978-1-56858-734-9) has just been sent to me by the publishers. Hiro was born in Larkana, Sindh,…

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