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The Sri Lanka Reader

Author : John Holt
ISBN : 9780822349822
Genre : History
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Fifty-four images and more than ninety classic and contemporary texts introduce Sri Lanka s recorded history of more than two and a half millennia.
Category: History

Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis

Author : R. B. Herath
ISBN : 9781553697930
Genre : Political Science
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This book is a result of years of research on the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis. It gives a vivid description of the crisis, analyses the numerous factors that influence it, and explains a way to end it by democratic means. Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution is a unique book among those written on the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis for a number of reasons. It is the only book on the market that looks at the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis in a comprehensive manner. Every other book written on the subject focuses only on some selected aspects of the crisis. At the same time those written before do not help the reader understand the present intricacies of the crisis. A close look at all the books so far written on the subject reveals that Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution is the first book to: reach readers in both the academic and non-academic environments; help the reader fully understand the historic context of the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka; discover and discuss in a co-ordinated manner the hidden factors that influence the crisis; expose the disguise of the elite and dynastic-type post-colonial rule as democracy, and the unbuddhist influence of some Buddhist monks on the ethnic crisis; remind the British, the last colonial power of Sri Lanka, of their responsibility for the present predicament of the Sinhalese peasantry and "stateless" Indian Tamils; suggest a complete solution to the crisis with a new democratic model of governance, which is equally applicable in principle to other countries suffering from ethnic strife; and Outline a way to implement the solution in the present political climate. This is the first time a person outside social science academia and the journalistic world has written a book on the subject, giving the citizen's point of view on the ethnic crisis combined with a democratic solution. In his solution, the author suggests a new, bottom-up approach to the crisis, with the people at the centre of the decision making process, instead of the top-down approach that has so far failed. The Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution is a book of 85,000 words. It also includes a number of explanatory maps, tables, and charts. It is an easy-to-read, concise and up-to-date book that has the answers to the burning questions raised by those committed to finding a lasting solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis. It is a book of interest to everyone everywhere interested in the phenomenon of identity politics, and in matters of democratic processes to ensure the civil, human and political rights of the entire citizenry. Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution has five chapters. The first chapter introduces the reader to the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis and the objectives and organisation of the book. The second chapter gives a historical background to the crisis. It takes the reader through three phases of Sri Lankan history: pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial. It is useful for the reader to know the historical background of the crisis to fully understand its present complexities. The third chapter identifies the root cause of the crisis and explains 10 main factors that have contributed to its escalation into a separatist war since independence in 1948. The fourth chapter stresses the importance of a new political beginning for Sri Lanka as a multiethnic independent nation, and explains eight basic factors that should constitute the foundation for such a new beginning. Then it discusses the varied governing systems developed in other democracies in the world, and proposes a new democratic governing model for Sri Lanka. The model addresses the ethnic issues in Sri Lanka and formulates a way to establish genuine democracy in the country, giving the power of self-determination to all its peoples. This chapter also explains how the country would be able to implement such a new mo
Category: Political Science

The Encyclopedia Of The Sri Lankan Diaspora

Author : Peter Reeves
ISBN : 9789814260831
Genre : History
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Well over a million people of Sri Lankan origin live outside South Asia. The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lanka Diaspora is the first comprehensive study of the lives, culture, beliefs and attitudes of immigrants and refugees from this island. The volume is a joint publication between the Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS, and Editions Didier Millet. It focuses on the relationship between culture and economy in the Sri Lanka diaspora in the context of globalisation, increased transnational culture flows and new communication technologies. In addition to the geographic mapping of the Sri Lanka diaspora in the various continents, thematic chapters include topics on “long distance nationalism”, citizenship, Sinhala, Tamil and Burgher disapora identities, religion and the spread of Buddhism, as well as the Sri Lankan cultural impact on other nations.
Category: History

Buddhism And Ethnic Conflict In Sri Lanka

Author : Patrick Grant
ISBN : 9780791493670
Genre : Religion
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Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.
Category: Religion

Sri Lanka Literary Essays Sketches

Author : Charles Sarvan
ISBN : 9788120790216
Genre : Literary Collections
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This anthology consists of articles on Sri Lankan literary works written (with a few exceptions) in English. For the benefit of non-Sri Lankan readers, something of the necessary historical, political and cultural background is provided. Broadening into the field of ‘cultural studies’, the volume includes comment on films based on, or relevant to, Sri Lanka. Published over several years (the first in 1989), the articles reflect changes in the Island and, therefore, in the concern of its writers. Section 2, ‘Related articles’, consists of a reading of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness from a Buddhist and Hindu perspective; an examination of the term racism, and a “meditation” on an aspect of the Sri Lankan exile experience. ‘Sketches’, the last section, contains two imaginative pieces and a factual, tsunami-related, incident. Altogether, this anthology will be of use not only to students of the Island’s English-language literature but also to those who have a general interest in Asia and Sri Lanka.
Category: Literary Collections

Saved In Sri Lanka

Author : Devika Fernando
Genre : Fiction
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WHAT READERS SAY 5 stars – “Saved in Sri Lanka is a winner! Bathed in the romanticism that only Devika Fernando can deliver, her authenticity shines through as she reveals sights and sounds with a colorful array of character development, leading to a love story against all odds.” (Carly C., Author) 5 stars – “What I particularly liked about the book were the engaging descriptions of the nature, history and sights of Sri Lanka.” (Anya W., Reader) 5 stars – “Devika Fernando writes romance in a way that makes us experience the magic of love along with the protagonists. […] This book will appeal to both the traveler and the romantic in you.” (Preethi, Reader) 5 stars – “Any novel has to be truly extraordinary, if by the end of it the reader realizes that he/she has fallen in love, with one of the characters in the book. I'm shamelessly in love with Sepalika, the novel's protagonist.” (Deep Downer, Author) 5 stars – “I have always been a fan of Devika’s writing and her translation of pictures in words. It’s like one is watching a scenic film.” (Ruchi R., Author) BOOK DESCRIPTION Some people are destined to meet. It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him? Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.
Category: Fiction

Sri Lankan Flavours

Author : Channa Dassanayaka
ISBN : 9781742734729
Genre : Cooking
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Eat as the Sri Lankans do combining a mixture of curries - lamb with coriander, hot fish, cauliflower, cashew and green pea, mango or mustard potatoes - with some sambols - coconut and tamarind, caramelized onion with dried fish and spices, date chutney or tomato and lime pickles. And accompany the feast with some coconut roti, scented rice, hoppers (pancakes made from rice and coconut milk) and some spiced tea. Sri Lanka also has a strong tradition of hawker-style food, little bites of flavour eaten on the run. A stunning mix of travelogue and food, Sri Lankan Flavours celebrates the food and traditions of this exotic island.
Category: Cooking

The Terrorism Reader

Author : David J. Whittaker
ISBN : 9780415687317
Genre : Political Science
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The Terrorism Reader is an intriguing introduction to a notorious and disturbing international phenomenon. The book draws together material from a variety of experts and clearly explains their opinions on terrorism, allowing understanding, conjecture and debate. David J. Whittaker explores all aspects of terrorism from its definition, psychological and sociological effects, legal and ethical issues to counter-terrorism. In a particularly original way, the Reader illustrates the growth and variety of terrorism with a series of case studies from four continents including: the Taliban and the al-Qaida terror network, and America's war against terrorism ETA and Spain the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia the Liberation Tigers in Sri Lanka the IRA and UFF in Northern Ireland the Shining Path in Peru. This new edition includes fully updated chapters on Palestine and Israel, the London 7/7 bombings and a a new chapter on Jihad, as well as a focus on issues of contemporary concern such as state terrorism, terrorist withdrawal and deradicalisation, and human rights.
Category: Political Science

Cultural Encounters And Homoeroticism In Sri Lanka

Author : Robert Aldrich
ISBN : 9781317805298
Genre : History
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Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, was long known to travellers for its luxuriant landscapes, colourful temples and friendly inhabitants – the island once named Serendip. This book explores the sojourns of gay visitors from the late 1800s to the modern day, providing a history of homosexuality, travel and cultural encounter on the island. The book offers profiles of major figures in Sri Lankan culture and of homosexual visitors, both famous and infamous, to the island. It discusses the experiences of sojourners including the Victorian social reformer Edward Carpenter and the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel, such British and American writers as Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke, and the Australian painter Donald Friend. It also pays particular attention to Lionel Wendt, one of the most important modernist photographers outside Europe. For these figures, an erotic appreciation of young men whom they encountered mixed with interest in Sinhalese art, Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, and the flora and fauna of the island. Their experiences influenced modern writing, art and dance. Cultural influences moved in both directions, however, and Sri Lankans also found inspiration from abroad. The book argues that homosexuals played a major role in the transmission of cultural influences from Sri Lanka to the rest of the world, and from the wider world to this Indian Ocean island. Providing an original analysis of gay cultures in Sri Lanka from Victorian encounters to the present day, this book is the first study of Sri Lanka as a site of gay travel. An excellent study of trans-national cultural exchange, sexuality and the relationships between them, it will be of interest to academics in the field of Asian Studies, Colonial History and Gay and Queer Studies.
Category: History