Russell Blinch

The surprise sentencing of the Bodu Bala Sena leader, which comes in wake of anti-Muslim riots, brings hope of a new approach in a country that seldom brings its Buddhist extremists to justice.

When Sri Lankan women won the right to buy a drink at a bar, they had barely enough time to get a round in before their president brought the ban back. What some saw as mean spirited, others saw as a cheap trick to win votes.