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Reaping The Whirlwind
Reaping The Whirlwind

Reaping The Whirlwind

by K M De Silva

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0140270655 - Year: 1998 - Pages: 388

Binding

Paperback

K M De Silva

Author: K M De Silva
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 388
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140270655

Description

This volume is a critical analysis of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

In the eighties, Sri Lanka, once considered the model colony, was torn apart by ethinic strife between the predominantly Buddhist Sinhalas, constituting almost three-quarters of the island’s inhabitants, and the numerically fewer Tamils, who were a mix of Hindus, Christians and Muslims, massacres occurred after the riots of May 1983, and over time about 1,25,000 Tamils entered India as refugees, fleeing from a virtual civil war which still afflicts the north of the island.

The author, a renowned Sri Lankan analyst of global ethnic conflict, discusses the historical reasons behind the ethnic violence, especially the growth of the Sinhalas feeling of being a beleagured minority despite their numerical strength.

Analyzing the present conflict, he shows how the language policy of Sinhala Only, followed by the government in the sixties, supplanted religion as a divisive factor and how rivalry over educational and employment opportunities fuelled the schism.

Bringing the story up to the present, de Silva examines the role played by Indian and Tamil Nadu politicians, and President Kumaratunga’s efforts towards a devolution of power to the Tamil provinces. But given the LTTE’s acceptance of nothing less than Eelam, he sees little hope of an early end to the violence that has racked Sri Lanka for almost two decades now.

Contents

List of Maps

Preface

SRI LANKA: AN ANATOMY OF ETHNIC CONFLICT

1.An Anatomy of Ethnic Conflict

SOWING THE WIND: LANGUAGE, RELIGION AND ETHNICITY

2.Language Problems:
The Politics of Language Policy

3.Religion and Politics in Modern Sri Lanka

4.Ethnic Politics, Political Violence and Tamil Separatism, 1951-1977

REAPING THE WHIRLWIND: THE INTERNATIONALIZATION
OF SRI LANKA’S ETHNIC CONFLICT

5.Policies of Reconciliation:
Success and Failure 1977-1983

6.India and the Internationalization of
Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict,1983-1990

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: SRI LANKA’S
SMALLER MINORITIES

7.The Islamic Facto
8.The Indian Tamil Community
9.Conclusion

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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