Politics of sleepwalking: Stifling the voices of dissent

The virulent attack by a state-run television channel on reputed writer, translator and media activist Gamini Viyangoda on July 14 is another decisive (and derisive) step in the state’s top-priority project to create  obedient....

Sri Lanka: The forgotten conflict and post-war justice

On 21st March 2013, the United States introduced a resolution on war crimes and crimes against humanity aimed at Sri Lanka for its role in the prosecution of war against the Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) in the United Nations....

Burma and Sri Lanka : Radical strains of Buddhism

Virulent anti-Muslim violence has once again enveloped a Burmese town—this time Lashio in the northeastern Shan State. What was once perceived as an isolated outbreak of murderous rioting in the western Rakhine state.....

Victory Day, Mulli’vaykal and Heroes Day: Remembering as resistance

On May 19th, the splendorous Victory Day parade was once again conducted in Colombo, and in accordance with state ideology, it was the anniversary for the defeat of terrorism and restoration of peace in Sri Lanka....

Spoils of Victory: Sinhala extremism finds new targets in Sri Lanka

During the 1990S, the ethnic wars in the crumbling Balkans were often ascribed to what the media called “ancient hatreds”, a self-feeding cycle of fighting and vengeance with its roots deep in history: the Serbs were said.....

Sri Lanka monk self-immolation highlights anti-Muslim sentiment

The suicide by a Buddhist monk who set himself on fire in Sri Lanka to protest the slaughter of cattle has been hailed as an act of great self-sacrifice and compared to acts of self-immolation by Tibetan Buddhist monks.....

Possessing memories, designing cemeteries - Part II

The end of the no-prisoner war and the defeat of the LTTE as the largest embodiment of Tamil resistance against an authoritarian and neo-colonial Sri Lanka state left a void in the Tamil territorial and social landscape....

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