ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Maraimalai Atigal and the Genealogy of the Tamilian Creed

Contrary to later day perceptions, the Tamil-Saivite movement of the early 1900s played a major role in preparing the groundwork for the mobilisation by the radical self-respect movement of the Tamil vernacular public. Led by Maraimalai Atigal who recast, secularised and rationalised earlier forms of Saivism and Saiva- Siddhanta, the movement helped frame a new language of Tamil modernity and nationalism.

Sanmugathasan, the Unrepentant Left and the Ethnic Crisis in Sri Lanka

It is a daunting task to understand contemporary Sri Lankan society with all its contradictions. While there has been much theoretically sophisticated and often obtuse scholarship on the ethnic crisis, this paper presents a relatively simple and straightforward analysis of the conflict as provided in the 1970s and 1980s by a major trade union and communist party leader, N Sanmugathasan, which has turned out to be both prescient and insightful.

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