Rajapaksas Turn Sri Lanka into a Family Affair

Democracy in increasing danger as military takes over

By: Salman Rafi Sheikh

The Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka has degenerated into family rule with deep roots in Sinhala Buddhist nationalism, an ideology that thrives on an extreme form of xenophobia and sees ethnic minorities as secondary citizens who must only be politically subordinate.

While the Sri Lankan state’s ethno-majoritarian identity is not new, …

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