“Want India to Stand by the People of Sri Lanka,” says Dr Harini Amarasuriya

By Sonal Nain, 6 Apr 2022

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency after protests against the government erupted due to the country’s ongoing economic crisis. Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition government lost its majority in Parliament, and the cabinet has been forced to resign in light of recent events. 

Dr Harini Amarasuriya, Member of Parliament in Sri Lanka, speaks to Mojo Story about the country’s current crisis, saying, “the country is crippled and in a state of uncertainty. Protests are still going on, and people are out on the streets.”

She stated that the political crisis has surpassed the economic crisis, making it even more difficult to address the issues that have arisen in recent months, “People’s protests, which have been steadily increasing, are focusing on governance issues. They are discussing issues such as corruption, accountability, nepotism, and so on. They want a new governance model and for Rajapaksa to resign and leave the government.”

She declined the ruling party’s offer, stating that the National People’s Power (NPP) is very clear that the ruling government and its leaders are responsible for the crisis due to their mismanagement and policy decisions. As a result, the party that has been a part of the protest cannot abandon those demands and form an alliance with the ruling party. 

Concerning India’s position in the crisis, she stated that she wants India to stand with the people of Sri Lanka rather than just with the government, “I want India to understand people’s demands and structural reforms for new political culture.”

Speaking about the crisis and people’s suffering due to the growing cost of living, she said, “People are running short on basic necessities. They are experiencing long hours of power outages due to the energy crisis, which is affecting children. We’re out of food, fuel, and life-saving medicines.”