Sri Lanka Crisis: Lessons For Majoritarian Governments?

PUBLISHED ON: July 11, 2022 | Duration: 25 min, 00 sec

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Sri Lanka is in the midst of an unprecedented political and economic turmoil and the once all-powerful Rajapaksa dynasty now finds itself the target of a wave of anger that has swept through the island nation. Both President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have offered to resign after protesters stormed their houses over the weekend. The country has been facing a steadily growing foreign exchange crisis, as it basically ran out of money to buy essentials like food, fuel and medicines. The Rajapaksas headed a government that was blatantly majoritarian and the country's minorities bore the brunt of this. What are the lessons for other majoritarian governments from the crisis in Sri Lanka?
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