Chencholai in image and words: A personal account

I never thought writing would become a passion before that fateful night. In fact, I was averse to writing like most of my classmates in my undergrad course. Surrealist writers have contested that words contain magical powers, that they can provide....

Revisiting Foucault: War in peace and the question of 'power'

The word “peace” can connote the presence of a good degree of justice and harmony,or the absence of (overt,armed and violent) conflict. The observation in his treatise 'On War' by Carl von Clausewitz (1780 – 1831) –“war is the continuation of politics...

Globalization and Transnational Tamils: Random thoughts

In March 1961, the forefathers of Tamil nationalism succeeded in effectively challenging the functioning of the Sinhala government led by Sirimavo Bandaranayake, through their popular non-violent 'Satyagraha' struggle. As far as the North-east....

In search of the art of enchantment

Deep within the town of Arezzo stands the conventual late-medieval church of San Francesco. Its raw, unfinished façade and inner miscellany of paintings give no clue to what lies beyond the side chapels. But if you should venture into the Cappella Maggiore, you will come upon.....

The 'interest in politics': Option or obligation?

Sometimes, the above statement is intended to signal innocence and harmlessness; occasionally, it’s uttered with an air of distaste; of ethical (if not aesthetic) superiority. Is the latter because politics is seen as being inherently....

Looking through the fire: Memories and landscapes

In 1970, when the leader of the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) Rohana Wijeweera was admitted in the Colombo general hospital, I met him with a friend. We requested him to adopt federalism as one of the main policies of JVP.....

Globalization and national question in Sri Lanka

Despite what the conditions and dynamics in the future politics of the Island of Sri Lanka may be, even if divided into two countries, our children as Sinhalese and Tamil speaking people have to co-exist as neighbours. To contribute...

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