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Boat Migration to Australia

This critique of "Sri Lankan Boat Migration to Australia: Motivations and Dilemmas" (EPW, 31 August 2013) argues that the article was a study based on subjective views expressed by a limited number of interviewees and was partisan in its fi ndings.

Myth of 'No More Minorities'

The electoral results in the provincial elections to the north and the east provincial councils held recently, clearly point out to the rise in Tamil nationalist sentiment resulting in the overwhelming victory of the Tamil National Alliance.

Post Civil War Sri Lanka

In his article “Second Wave of Neoliberalism: Financialisation and Crisis in Post-War Sri Lanka” (EPW, Web Exclusives, 31 August 2013), Ahilan Kadirgamar terms the economic policies and programmes of the current regime in Sri Lanka “neo-liberal”.

Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka: Swindlers Hold Sway

Rehabilitation of the tsunami-affected has been beset with numerous problems in Sri Lanka, especially in its North and East Province. This article takes an in-depth look at such efforts in the LTTE-controlled provinces, where relief and compensation has been undone by corruption and used as strategies by different stakeholders to assert their dominance.

Sri Lanka : Interim Self-Governing Authority

The Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals are certainly worthy of consideration for a lasting and durable solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. However, the devolution of powers sought under the proposals can only be granted to elected representatives of the people of the North and the East, whether in the interim or in the long-term. Therefore, it is time the LTTE transforms itself into a genuine democratic political organisation and subjects itself to public scrutiny by way of referendum or election.

India-Sri Lanka Trade

The Free Trade Agreement between India and Sri Lanka, though in a positive direction, does not address the issue of transaction costs that emanates from the transacting environment. Analysing the characteristics of formal and informal trading between India and Sri Lanka the study shows that transaction costs in formal trading are higher than for informal trading and suggests that lowering transaction costs in formal trade could enhance trade between the two countries.

Economic Revival in North and East Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka imposed an economic embargo on the N and E province in 1999 covering a range of consumer goods including fuel, food and medicine. The embargo created an informal market for these goods. More importantly it allowed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to play a dominant role in the management of the economy in the territory, leading to a dual economic system, a command economy in the north and east and a private sector-led liberal market economic model in the rest of the country. It is now a year since the economic embargo has been lifted. How has it affected the economy of N and E province? What are the factors inhibiting economic revival in this region?

Sri Lanka - Budget 2001: Social Agenda vs Military Development

If there is a development agenda in the Budget 2001 presented recently, then it has been effectively hidden beneath the rising overall allocations on defence. The social impact of austerity measures introduced due to the conflict in the north plus the galloping military expendiure has been a significant deterioration in people's standard of life including a contraction of social and economic opportunities. In the event programmes like the Samurdhi aimed at poverty alleviation can have little effect.

Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade

The so-called 'free trade' agreement between India and Sri Lanka may fail to achieve its aims as have earlier arrangements between the two countries because policy-making in neither country involves the main stakeholders. The agreement is less than free and includes some elements of irrational protectionism.

Contraband Trade and Unofficial Capital Transfers between Sri Lanka and India

The unofficial two-way contraband trade between Sri Lanka and India overshadows the official trade and capital transfers between the two countries. Quantitative estimates of this unofficial trade and transfer of capital are, however, hard to come by.

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