29

Mar

4:43pm
Special Correspondent The International
The Crisis in Sri Lanka

The Crisis in Sri Lanka

Special Correspondent The International//4:43pm, Mar 29th '22

A lot of bizarre things have been happening around the world lately. One such bizarre headline made its way from Sri Lanka. The crisis in Sri Lanka has not been talked about. As the economic crisis worsens, Sri Lankan newspapers ran out of newsprint.

According to Upali Newspapers, their English-language daily, The Island, and its Sinhalese counterpart, Divaina, will only be available online. Additionally, cash-strapped Sri Lanka cancels school exams due to a shortage of paper According to official sources, the move could effectively stall tests for roughly two-thirds of the country's 4.5 million students. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, almost everything else has been forgotten. Sri Lanka is an island nation with a population of roughly 22 million people. The country is no stranger to conflicts. The South Asian nation is experiencing its worst economic meltdown since gaining independence from Britain in 1948, as its foreign reserves have plummeted.

Image

Protests in Sri Lanka's capital have erupted over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation, as the country faces its worst economic crisis in decades. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Colombo outside the president's office, led by supporters of the opposition party, the United People's Force. The protests erupted over fuel shortage. Demonstrators accused the government of mismanaging the economy and causing a currency crisis, which has resulted in shortages of necessities such as fuel, cooking gas, milk powder, and medicine. Sri Lanka is having difficulty paying for imports because its foreign reserves have reached an all-time low. Fuel shortages have hampered intra-country transportation, including the delivery of essential goods, and this has resulted in daily power outages lasting several hours.

If you read our blogs then why not our magazine!!!
Image
Click here to subscribe our monthly magazine

These shortages have led to sporadic acts of violence amongst citizens. Images shared on social media showed a group of enraged women blocking a coach transporting tourists in order to protest a shortage of kerosene, which is required for cooking stoves. There have been instances of stabbing as well. To counter this, Sri Lanka has ordered its military to station soldiers at hundreds of petrol stations to assist in the distribution of fuel following a sudden increase in the prices of key commodities and the resulting shortages, which forced tens of thousands of people to queue for hours.

Image

Experts say that this can trigger a mass exodus of sorts. Sri Lankans are trying to flee the mess caused by their government. So far, 16 refugees fleeing food shortages and economic misery in Sri Lanka, which is experiencing a currency crisis, have arrived in Tamil Nadu but face an uncertain future because India has no law to protect them. These refugees are from Jaffna and Kokkupadaiyan in northern Sri Lanka, and they travelled a long distance to reach India. Three men, six women, a four-month-old infant, and seven children are among the refugees. They were rescued from the islands near Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi. What makes things difficult for them is that India does not have a refugee law in place as it is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the related protocol. In 2020, the Government of India had come under fire for CAA and NRC. The laws introduced in the garb of protecting refugees, failed to include Sri Lankan Tamils who had fled the war early on. Moreover, states of India have no say with respect to treatment of refugees as immigration comes under the union list. As the world has a sudden new found sympathy for refugees fleeing catastrophic conditions, it is important to ask whether the world would be as kind to Sri Lankan refugees as they currently are with white Ukrainian refugees?

Stalin, The Man of Steel and an Epic Saga on The Banks of Volga Through Times
Aurinko Finland//2:04am, Dec 9th '22

Stalin, The Man of Steel and an Epic Saga on The Banks of Volga Through Times

71 years ago, in 1941, Hitler started his long-cherished operation Barbarossa to crush his ideological nemesis, the Soviet Union and get access to its vast resources. With 3 million soldiers and a massive....

Read More
A Forever Battle:  Postal Workers and Their Struggle with Pandemics
Tony Rodriguez//1:13am, Nov 20th '22

A Forever Battle: Postal Workers and Their Struggle with Pandemics

A forever war, a battle with an ever-evolving opponent has kept postal letter carriers on their toes. For the past three years, scientists have been baffled about the COVID19 virus, particularly its origin.....

Read More
Harry Belafonte: A lesson for us all
Ben Lunn UK//12:39am, May 3rd '23

Harry Belafonte: A lesson for us all

On 25th April 2023 a bright light went out. Musician and political activist Harry Belafonte died, at the age of 93, leaving behind him a legacy of solidarity action, militant campaign, and joyous music.Owing....

Read More
Nationalist Wars And Wars of Liberation, and Modern Junius Pampleters
Luis Lazaro USA//9:05pm, Dec 25th '20

Nationalist Wars And Wars of Liberation, and Modern Junius Pampleters

Since the end of the Vietnam War, including that of the Algerian War of independence, there has been confusion among Marxists intellectuals, communist military theorists, student and party activists of....

Read More
The explosion of August 4, 2020, a point of no return for Lebanon
Jad Kabbanji Lebanon//11:26pm, Aug 4th '21

The explosion of August 4, 2020, a point of no return for Lebanon

This 4th of August, Lebanon commemorates the one-year anniversary of the criminal explosion at the Beirut port, a gigantic detonation of stored chemicals that caused staggering human and material damage.....

Read More
LEAVE THOSE VEILS ALONE!
Sumedha Chatterjee Ireland//6:29pm, Feb 15th '22

LEAVE THOSE VEILS ALONE!

Ages ago, when I was a little girl, girls in my school were forced to cover up. Either their skirts were too short, or their bra straps were on display. Often asked to cover up by female teachers, we silently....

Read More