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Unmaking the Nation: The Politics of Identity and History in Modern Sri Lanka (1995 | 2009).

Pradeep Jeganathan & Qadri Ismail (eds.)

Now in a 2nd Edition, with a new preface, and a comprehensive index.

"Stimulating... Excellent..." -- Journal of Asian Studies. 

"Will be of great value to all those concerned with... nationalism [and] violence..." -- Arjun Appadurai.

"...[F]orces us to think about Sri Lankan symbolic and social formations in an entirely novel fashion." -- Gananath Obeyesekere

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Sunday
May172009

Sri Lanka's Conflict: An Interview with PACT (part iii)

In the third installment of his PACT interview Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan, discusses the need for constitutional change, including a brief assessment of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and examines the relevance of the historical set of ‘grievances of the Tamil people’ today.

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Sunday
May102009

Sri Lanka's Conflict: An Interview with PACT (part ii)

Updated on Tue, May 19, 2009 by Registered CommenterPradeep Jeganathan

Dr. Jeganathan , speaking to PACT, compares and contrasts Sri Lanka’s particular colonial experience with the experiences of other colonised countries, under Britain and France.

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Monday
May042009

Sri Lanka's Conflict: An Interview with PACT (part i)

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan talks to the PACT team about why it is important to pay particular attention to Sri Lanka’s colonial past when looking at roots of conflict in Sri Lanka.

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Friday
Apr242009

"The mirage of Eelam"

This article, published in the Hindu, deserves serious discussion

The mirage of Eelam Malini Parthasarathy

The LTTE’s shortsighted and adventurist positions have cost the Tamil ethnic cause dearly even as valuable time has been lost in the failure to consolidate the gains achieved through political negotiations.

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Wednesday
Apr222009

A reply to "An American and an outsider"

While it is more than true that both the British colonial government that ruled the country, from 1815-1948, and the independent governments of Ceylon (1948-1972) and Sri Lanka (GoSL, 1972, onwards) are responsible for enormous atrocities – including pogroms, collective punishment, enforced disappearances, mass executions and torture-- some of which, in recent decades, the so called international community has been seriously implicated in several ways, there is not, on my view, at this juncture, a genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka or a will for such a project within the ranks of the GoSL.

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Sunday
Apr192009

"Is the World Ignoring Sri Lanka’s Srebrenica?"

In any reasonable use of language, that is historically and politically sensitive, Srebrenica is a code word code for a deliberate civilian massacre, and has been deemed to be genocide, by the International Court of Justice. There were perpetrators and victims in that example; and justice was demanded and obtained. Surely this is not a word to thrown around, because Mackay and Sen Gupta are 'horrified.'

This is an extremely poor comparison, that holds no water or weight, and Macky's qualifications raise questions either about his judgment, or motives. Or is it just that the meaning of "Srebrenica" is being re-made here: it is now to mean, "oh the 'Horror, the Horror'" in the Heart of Darkness, every where, that natives have (re)made, half naked in loin clothes no doubt, after the good white folk left.

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Wednesday
Apr152009

The Politics of IMF Conditions

There is a tendency I detect, especially among those in the corporate sector, who are as conscious of their location and responsibilities as nationals of this country, as I am, to view what ever conditions the Fund may impose as being beyond politics; good technocratic advise that we must take, for our own good. This is of course prompted in part by the mismanagement in a context of hyper politicization of our own monetary policy, but its also catalyzed by a view, infrequently challenged, in the English language press in this country at least, that the Bank the Fund and their allied institutions are rule-governed and ethical, non-political, technocratic and expert, almost infallible. But are they really?

Not at all. The World Bank and IMF come out of a neo-imperial arraignment through which the US and Europe still attempt to rule the world; it still goes with out saying the head of the Bank is a US citizen and head of the Fund, a European, with the US having a veto on IMF policies. And their respective Boards push for policies that will assist these national formations. Furthermore, the US itself does not subject itself to scrutiny from the IMF.

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Sunday
Mar292009

The Politics of Humanism

It will perhaps come as a shock to some readers, that there are credible arguments, made by reasonable people, that France was deeply implicated in massacres in that country, where so many died in 1994

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Sunday
Feb222009

I don’t have my Identity!

Which is worse, you ask, telling European women not to wear face-coverings, so that they don’t ‘look Islamic’ or making a list of Tamil residents in Sri Lanka, by requiring people to say, “I am X”? I think they are both wrong, both horrible. But they are two sides of the same dirty coin, that someone flipped up, and we’ve pocketed. Let’s throw it away.

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Sunday
Feb222009

The Road from Kokkmotte

There is an argument that’s been made recently, by several Sri Lankan artists and critics, that ‘realism’ as a mode of aesthetic expression is dead, and should be buried, and further that we need to embrace magic realism or some else like it, as some thing that is ‘ours.’ I don’t quite get this, and I want enter the lists of the debate, gingerly.

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