Category Archives: Interviews

‘Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India’- Mahinda Rajapakse

KATHMANDU, NEPAL - NOVEMBER 26:  Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, listen to speeches during the inaugural session of the 18th SAARC Summit on November 26, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal is hosting the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Kathmandu, which will be attended by leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.  Nepal is hosting the SAARC Summit for the third time, which was first held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1985. Some of the key issues to be discussed during the Summit will include three key framework agreements between SAARC countries to enhance rail and road connectivity and to set up a regional power grid. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha - Pool/Getty Images)

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost the Sri Lankan presidency earlier this year, plans to contest the parliamentary election and likely become prime minister. He spoke exclusively to contributor Nitin A Gokhale. Read the full interview here

Gota says ‘No’ to politics (Video + Editor’s Note)


Former Defence Minister says that he has no hope to engage in active politics.  He was attending a religious ceremony at Udumulla Purana Gal Len Viharaya in Padukka, yesterday (13), where the press posed several quetions to him. He further

“I am a very religious person; the truth will prevail” – Gotabaya


Interviewed By Shanika Sriyananda Q: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused the Government of carrying out a political witch-hunt against the pro-Rajapaksa group and his family members. What are your views? A: Yes, that is true. Not only the Rajapaksa

“When the present leaders lose they too may have to go to jail” – Victor Ivan


As a journalist and a good governance activist Victor Ivan had been articulating most of the Yahapalana ideals long before a political grouping emerged, claiming to promote good governance. In this interview, The Island staffer C. A. Chandraprema speaks to

War crimes, accountability and manipulation of int’l organizations


Prof. Ashwani K. Sharma says powerful countries routinely influence international organizations to secure desired results. In an exclusive with The Island, Prof. Sharma said that powerful governments influence the decision-making process to achieve their objectives. Obviously, the Geneva-based United Nations

The Tamils and India’s foreign policy games An interview with Varatharajah Perumal


Talking of the international dimension, back in the 1980s, the reason why India started supporting the Tamil militants was because India didn’t like Sri Lanka’s foreign policy under the J.R.Jayewardene government. Had Mrs Sirima Bandaranaike been in power at that

A post-war Indian perspective


Part I ‘The ground situation in Sri Lanka is more favorable today than it ever was for democratic decentralization’ Prof. Ashwani K. Sharma strongly recommends democratic decentralization in post-war Sri Lanka. Sharma, now with the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies