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Geoffrey Bawa and Ludic Modernism

Geoffrey Bawa (1919–2003) was Sri Lanka’s most celebrated architect in the 20th century and his half-a-century long career shaped the nation’s visage to the world, even as Bawa’s ludic and polystylistic architectural innovations sat uneasily with Sri Lanka’s majoritarianism grown increasingly...

The Paan on My Plate

Brought to India from the tea estates of Sri Lanka, paan is a humble bread that tells the story of Indian Tamils who migrated to Ceylon as indentured labour.

Constraints of Reason in the Era of Radicalisation

Even as we search for reasons, it is necessary to pause and think seriously about what can be done differently to address increased terrorism in this era of radicalisation.

Preventing Post-LTTE Violence in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government offered a comprehensive and far-reaching reforms package after the defeat of the two Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna insurgencies by the security forces. The state should therefore offer the same package in a continuation of its policy after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to prevent political violence.

Sri Lanka: An Interim Administration for the North-East

The peace process in Sri Lanka is at yet another crossroads. In mid-June the government forwarded through the Norwegians its latest proposal for an interim administration. This draft has not been rejected outright by the LTTE unlike earlier ones. But whereas the government sees the interim administration as a way of enabling the LTTE to participate primarily in the management of donor-financed reconstruction, the LTTE wants to get much more out of it - it is seeking legitimacy, without, critics say, having to face elections.

Repatriation of Sri Lankan Refugees

The success of the planned repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees from India depends on resolving several issues left over from the two earlier rounds of repatriation. The issue also brings to the fore the importance of having formal guidelines in India to deal with the problems of rehabilitation, repatriation and resettlement of refugees.

Community Radio

There are lessons to be learnt from the experiments in developing community run/owned radio in south Asia and outside. The Philippines has taken community radio to new heights and even tiny Nepal has opened up its community broadcasting, and in Sri Lanka community radio stations are owned by the state.

Calcutta Diary

Since the thirties of the last century, India has witnessed a good few instances of intense sincere efforts of some somebodies to disown or step out of their bourgeois class allegiance and rush towards the proletarian heaven. It is a long and impressive list. Mohit Sen, who was felled by a massive cardiac seizure in the first week of May, was a partisan belonging to this series of ideologues who wanted to be nondescript non-kings.

Economic Revival in North and East Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka imposed an economic embargo on the N and E province in 1999 covering a range of consumer goods including fuel, food and medicine. The embargo created an informal market for these goods. More importantly it allowed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to play a dominant role in the management of the economy in the territory, leading to a dual economic system, a command economy in the north and east and a private sector-led liberal market economic model in the rest of the country. It is now a year since the economic embargo has been lifted. How has it affected the economy of N and E province? What are the factors inhibiting economic revival in this region?

Sri Lankan Economy of War and Peace

The experience of economic liberalisation in Sri Lanka has coincided with the nearly 20-year long civil strife in the nation's north and east. An attempt is made here to trace the economic reform programme since the war began. For the economy to be brought back on track the cumbersome task of balancing the needs of long-term economic management with the immediate demands of the current ceasefire and peace initiatives has to be undertaken.

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