Rajpal Abeynayake

Rajpal Abeynayake

Rajpal Abeynayake is a Colombo-based editor, attorney, and writer. He writes reports and commentaries about Sri Lanka's current affairs and his work has also appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review, The Straits Times, and The Australian.

Latest from Rajpal Abeynayake

As China-India tensions escalate, can Sri Lanka avoid becoming a pawn in a big power game?

New Delhi’s historical influence over Colombo looks to be waning in the face of increased investment from Beijing. Should the South Asian island nation pick a side?

New Delhi’s historical influence over Colombo looks to be waning in the face of increased investment from Beijing. Should the South Asian island nation pick a side?

As China-India tensions escalate, can Sri Lanka avoid becoming a pawn in a big power game?
14 Jul 2020 - 4:33AM
Explainer | Terminator versus pad man: for Sri Lankan voters, a tough choice

In Sri Lanka’s election, an ex-military chief who crushed the Tamil Tigers will battle the son of an assassinated president who hopes to improve menstrual hygiene.

In Sri Lanka’s election, an ex-military chief who crushed the Tamil Tigers will battle the son of an assassinated president who hopes to improve menstrual hygiene.

Terminator versus pad man: for Sri Lankan voters, a tough choice
15 Nov 2019 - 8:34AM
Analysis | Will a new Rajapaksa pivot Sri Lanka back from US to China?

Four years ago, Sri Lanka turned away from the pro-China presidency of Rajapaksa and went in search of US gold. Now a new Rajapaksa is in town, could its gaze be turning back to China?

Four years ago, Sri Lanka turned away from the pro-China presidency of Rajapaksa and went in search of US gold. Now a new Rajapaksa is in town, could its gaze be turning back to China?

Will a new Rajapaksa pivot Sri Lanka back from US to China?
28 Oct 2019 - 10:49AM
Anxiety, fear, guilt: a bleak Eid as every Muslim minister in Sri Lanka resigns

Muslim ministers have resigned so the government can probe whether any of them were involved in the Easter Sunday bombs that killed more than 200

Muslim ministers have resigned so the government can probe whether any of them were involved in the Easter Sunday bombs that killed more than 200

Anxiety, fear, guilt: a bleak Eid as every Muslim minister in Sri Lanka resigns
4 Jun 2019 - 10:15PM
Opinion | ‘Voice of the nation’: as Sri Lanka loses faith in the government, it looks to a cardinal for leadership

With few people having positive words for Sri Lanka’s government, the voice of the Archbishop of Colombo seems to be the one that counts in what many now think is a battle against Islamic State.

With few people having positive words for Sri Lanka’s government, the voice of the Archbishop of Colombo seems to be the one that counts in what many now think is a battle against Islamic State.

‘Voice of the nation’: as Sri Lanka loses faith in the government, it looks to a cardinal for leadership
12 May 2019 - 8:15AM
The strange lives of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombers

Some were from wealthy backgrounds, while others received favourable treatment and payments from the government for their business. But all had one thing in common – the ‘necessary mindset’ to carry out the atrocities.

Some were from wealthy backgrounds, while others received favourable treatment and payments from the government for their business. But all had one thing in common – the ‘necessary mindset’ to carry out the atrocities.

The strange lives of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombers
7 May 2019 - 5:06PM
Analysis | In Sri Lanka, rising Islamic militancy was the proverbial elephant in the room

For years, the country’s political elite wilfully overlooked a burgeoning extremist problem that had taken root among the Muslim enclaves of the east – at the cost of hundreds of lives, says Rajpal Abeynayake.

For years, the country’s political elite wilfully overlooked a burgeoning extremist problem that had taken root among the Muslim enclaves of the east – at the cost of hundreds of lives, says Rajpal Abeynayake.

In Sri Lanka, rising Islamic militancy was the proverbial elephant in the room
27 Apr 2019 - 10:33PM
Sri Lanka bombings: investigators probe global terror links as IS claims responsibility and death toll climbs to 321

A team from Interpol is helping investigate the attacks as the death toll climbs to 321 and Islamic State claims responsibility.

A team from Interpol is helping investigate the attacks as the death toll climbs to 321 and Islamic State claims responsibility.

Sri Lanka bombings: investigators probe global terror links as IS claims responsibility and death toll climbs to 321
24 Apr 2019 - 12:28PM
Sri Lanka suicide blasts: Islamic extremist group blamed for attack as government admits intelligence failings

The government received several warnings about an imminent terror attack by a domestic Islamic extremist group, but action was not taken, an official has admitted.

The government received several warnings about an imminent terror attack by a domestic Islamic extremist group, but action was not taken, an official has admitted.

Sri Lanka suicide blasts: Islamic extremist group blamed for attack as government admits intelligence failings
23 Apr 2019 - 2:18PM
China’s Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka: the motorway to enlightenment?

Beijing’s billion-dollar loan to Colombo for a major infrastructure project is the latest example of battle for influence in Southeast Asia’s Buddhist countries.

Beijing’s billion-dollar loan to Colombo for a major infrastructure project is the latest example of battle for influence in Southeast Asia’s Buddhist countries.

China’s Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka: the motorway to enlightenment?
2 Jun 2018 - 11:02AM
What does China have to do with a Maldives coup? Ask Sri Lankan tourists

Ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed blames political turmoil on a Chinese land grab and calls on India to intervene. Does even he believe this, or is it just a ploy? The neighbours appear to have made up their minds.

Ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed blames political turmoil on a Chinese land grab and calls on India to intervene. Does even he believe this, or is it just a ploy? The neighbours appear to have made up their minds.

What does China have to do with a Maldives coup? Ask Sri Lankan tourists
5 May 2018 - 1:32PM