Sri Lanka’s 69-year-old parliamentary democracy continues with power concentrated at the center, and consequently, the country’s non-Sinhala-Buddhist minorities on the periphery continue to press for equal rights, while ethnic strife hinders prospects for unified progress. Maithripala Sirisena, president since 2015, promises reconciliation but has received little cooperation from the majority Sinhala Buddhists.
Sri Lanka in 2017: Sluggish on Many Fronts
Sree Padma is Research Assistant Professor in Asian Studies and Executive Director of the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, USA. Her recent books are Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Reconstructions of the Gramadevata in India’s Religious Traditions (Oxford, 2013); an edited volume, Inventing and Reinventing the Goddess: Contemporary Iterations of Hindu Deities on the Move (Lexington Books, 2014); and Fractured Bliss (Xlibris, 2016). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sree Padma; Sri Lanka in 2017: Sluggish on Many Fronts. Asian Survey 1 February 2018; 58 (1): 120–126. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.1.120
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