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Hill Stations, Tea Gardens and Tropical Disease

Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical Medicine in Colonial India by Nandini Bhattacharya (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press), 2012; pp 219, $99.95 (cloth).

Home Guards in Sri Lanka: Guardians of Peace or Threat to Human Security?

Efforts are made in Sri Lanka to convert the civil defence force into a "development force" with responsibilities in reconstruction and rebuilding of the war-affected areas. This article explores the social policy implications of a large-scale mobilisation of civilians as a civil defence force and the options the Sri Lankan state has in dealing with this civilian force in the post-war era to ensure peace, stability, reconciliation and development.

Mapping of Fevers and Colonising the Body in British Ceylon

This paper identifies paradigmatic shifts in the conceptualisation of fevers in British Ceylon, from agues and fevers in the early 1800s and fevers of particular regions in the mid-1800s to a powerful notion of malaria in the early 1900s. In the early colonial records, agues and fevers were seen primarily as a threat to European visitors to the tropics, including the colonisers. In contrast, the fevers of specific regions were identified as localised ailments endemic among the local population and somehow connected to the specifics of local ecology and the indolent nature of the natives. With the triumph of tropical medicine between 1880 and 1905, localised fevers rapidly gave way to malaria and the identification of malaria parasites and vectors between 1880 and 1905, which came to be seen as embodying the characteristic disorders of the tropics, reinforcing certain hegemonic views about the colonial subject and the potential benefits of western medicine.

Sri Lanka: Elections and After

Following Mahinda Rajapakse's victory in Sri Lanka's closely fought presidential elections, the government is now confronted with several challenges. The peace process with the LTTE is poised at a delicate juncture and the president will also have to woo the minorities, especially Muslims and plantation Tamils, who voted for his rival, Ranil Wickramasinghe, in large numbers.
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