by P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 4: The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would expand the  definition of anti-Semitism even as university students across the country have risen to condemn Israel’s genocide in Gaza.  The anti-Semitism bill...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 4: The latest assessment of press freedom in 180 countries, made by Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) says that media freedom is under “serious threat” in a majority of countries in South Asia. The media in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 29: The US Congressional Research Service (CRS) has asked Congress to consider whether it should put some conditions relating to the observance of human rights when it authorizes aid to India. The CSR’s report released on April...
By.K.Balachandran Colombo, April:28 Located in a geo-strategically important place, and for that reason, much sought after by rival foreign powers, Sri Lanka has had to maintain its sovereignty and independence through deft diplomacy.  And the cornerstone of its diplomacy has been...
Even as India is in the midst of its parliamentary elections where human rights are a key issue. By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 24: In its report on the human rights situation in India in 2023, the US State Department paints an...
With 70 out of 93 seats, Muizzu can even change the constitution    By P.K.Balachandran Maldivian voters gave President Mohamed Muizzu’s alliance, principally comprising the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People's National Congress (PNC), a super majority in the...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 20: The Maldivian parliamentary elections due to be held on April 21 differ from those held in the recent past in a striking way: there is no party or leader that the voters can bet on.  Parties...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is considered the winning house in the elections to the Indian parliament beginning on Friday, is facing tough cultural, ideological and historical challenges in Tamil Nadu, which is to elect...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 18: If there was anyone in Sri Lanka who encapsulated the fullness of the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, it was Dr.A.T.Ariyarane, founder of the Sarvodaya Movement, who died at the age of 92 on Tuesday. It was...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April17 On April 12, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued a notification asking Indians not to travel to Israel and Iran in view of the deteriorating security situation there. It also advised Indians who are already...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 11: India and China have been antagonistic since the late 1950s. The Chinese invasion of India in 1962, the border clashes of 2020, retaliatory sanctions against Chinese mobile products, restrictions on the learning of the Chinese...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 9: In the last five years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime, incongruities have crept into India’s international relations.   On the credit side, there has been an enhancement of India’s international profile having become the third...

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