The tourist trade calls it “India lite” – a laid-back paradise of perfect beaches and weather with all the culture but a softer pace of life. 

But the horrific slaughter that unfolded in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter morning seemed designed to wreck that reputation, stoke sectarian tension, and destabilise an already febrile political situation. 

Perhaps the most worrying thing about the attacks is that they have so little in common with the island’s recent, violent history. 

Whoever carried out the attacks appears not to have been emulating the now defunct Tamil Tigers insurgent group, but the bloodthirsty tactics of militant Islamist groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State, neither…

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