« Challenging the West’s Narrative on Sri Lanka’s ‘Victory for Democracy' » by Devaka Gunawardena

Of the many pieties that have been promoted in the Western media in the aftermath of Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the recent Sri Lankan presidential election, none has been more cherished than the notion that Sri Lanka is now on board with “democracy.” This claim is counter-posed to Sri Lanka’s recent cozy relationship with China and other authoritarian countries. A new Cold War is supposedly being fought, with Sri Lanka’s election reduced to its strategic relevance to policy makers.

via: http://kafila.org/2015/02/06/challenging-the-wests-narrative-on-sri-lankas-victory-for-democracy-devaka-gunawardena/


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