Sri Lanka still trapped in shadow of its ethnic war

Urgent action needed to bring rioters to justice, and steps taken to bring forward post-war reconciliation

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Sri Lanka does not appear to be a country that is blessed with an awful lot of luck.

Despite all signs of powering ahead after independence from the British in 1948 - at one point, it was seen as a nation of such potential that it was considered worthy of emulation by Singapore - the inability of its rulers and politicians to manage the ethnic diversity of its population appears to be at the root of its woes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline Sri Lanka still trapped in shadow of its ethnic war. Subscribe