Gotabaya Rajapaksa

China courts influence in Sri Lanka via the Buddhist clergy

Beijing needs new allies now that the Rajapaksas are reeling, but the enmeshing of politics and religion in Sri Lanka is always cause for concern

| Jan 26, 2023

Yameen’s conviction, the Taliban ban on women’s education, Kite Tales and more

Southasiasphere episode January 11, 2023: Updates and analysis from around the region

| Jan 11, 2023

What next if President Rajapaksa resigns?

An explainer on the constitutional aftermath.

| Jul 11, 2022

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How a unique language survives in Kashmir’s tiny Burusho community

Despite being a small population, the Burusho community has been able to preserve their language through intergenerational communication and by prioritising their mother tongue over other languages in Kashmir