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....

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....

The master and his puppets: Some comments on ‘Tamil Moderates’

Around Geneva, the Rajapaksa regime and its mercenaries raise some self-righteous noise against the ‘neo-colonialists’ in the West. Quarters in the US-led West, tired with Rajapaksa’s intransigence....

Tamil Nadu student upsurge: A Tamil Spring?

A new generation of college students in Tamil Nadu has taken up the cause of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Articulate, wellinformed and uncontaminated by the influence of time-serving politicians they have successfully....

Possessing memories, designing cemeteries - Part I

The aftermaths of wars are coined by various, often divergent, forms of national politics of commemoration and historiography. In a pluralistic world, states and governments are globally committed to the production, remembrance....

Sri Lanka: The intentions behind the land grabbing process

In the so-called ‘post-war’ Sri Lanka context, land grabbing, Sinhalization and military occupation of the Tamil nation have become pivotal points in the political development discourse. The deep concerns that exist amongst the.......

Sri Lanka: The military expansion into education

Militarisation in Sri Lanka is not restricted to the formal military structure; its orientation is far more pervasive, as can be evidenced in the recent developments in the education sphere. Already existing imbalances and practices in the...

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