Supposing Liz Truss, one of the two poised to be Britain’s Prime Minister, undertook a field study to buttress her argument that the defining conflict of our time is the one between "democracy and autocracy", which countries, as a random sample, should be included in her itinerary?
In April 1971, known only to a small group, an Indian Frigate sailed to guard the Sri Lankan coastline against "foreign" reinforcements to help the JVP or Sri Lankan National Liberation Front which had virtually taken over the island.
The Americans are making a comeback in South Asia, first Pakistan, now Sri Lanka, next….. The people in these countries can stand in long queues till eternity because there is neither food in the shops nor petrol in the pumps.
Tibet, Ladakh, Bhutan, Sikkim, Mongolia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, are all bound by Buddhism, though sometimes of distinct Mahayana and Hinayana strands. How many of these would possibly be brought into play in President Donald Trump’s strategy of encircling China?
Sri Lanka has moved on. Political discourse has shifted its focus and issues of everyday life are largely what remain in the sieve of democracy. Sri Lanka finds itself at the crossroads, yet again. Only this time, it’s a democratic battle between what is being perceived as being good, versus being evil.
Carefully evidenced and powerfully measured, No Fire Zone is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26 year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it.