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After the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and War

Mohan K. Tikku


While Buddhists all over the world were celebrating 2,500 years of Gautama Buddha’s passing in 1956, Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was called then) was sowing the seeds of an ethnic conflict. To begin with, language became the source of conflict between the Sinhalese majority and the minority Tamils, until violence itself became the language of discourse between the two ethnic groups. After the Fall shows how Sri Lanka’s post-independence exercise in nation formation was beset with using language domination as an instrument of partisan power and racial memories as the way to define nationhood. That res ... More

Keywords: Identity, Autonomy, Homeland, Suicide Bombers, Minority Rights, Ethnic Reconciliation, Devolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mohan K. Tikku, author
Author and journalist and a former leader writer and foreign correspondent of the Hindustan Times, New Delhi.