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People Inbetween: Ethnic and Class Prejudices in British Ceylon

 Michael Roberts, courtesy of The National Trust — see http://www.thenationaltrust.lk/activities/PEOPLE-INBETWEEN-Ethnic-and-Class-Prejudices-in-the-British-Period.docx This is the elaborated and clarified text of a verbal presentation at the National Trust’s LECTURE SERIES in Colombo in late May 2015.  3,399 more words

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Forging New Paths in Sri Lankan and Colonial History

Nira Wickramasinghe’s  Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Lanka, Oxford/New York, Berghahn Books, 2014 ISBN 9781782382423… 192 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

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The Ceylonese Origins of Sri Lankan Cricket

Michael Roberts, courtesy of Himal Southasian where it appeared in Vol. 20, No. 7 in 2007

Modernity took firm root in Ceylon under the imperial aegis of Britain. 1,887 more words

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Sri Lanka Today in Indian Ocean Politics

Kabir Taneja,  25 January 2015, in The Diplomat, where the title is “A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka?”

India may be celebrating the election result in Sri Lanka, but China is in the region for the long haul. 1,440 more words

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Homilies for Lanka's Immediate Future -- Friday Forum

In the Sunday Island, 25 January 2015. with title as ““Friday Forum on Independence Day and other urgent concerns

The Presidential election of January 8, 2015 saw a resurgence of the democratic process in Sri Lanka, driven by an electorate which, in unprecedented numbers, exercised its franchise to choose not merely a President, but the future it wanted for the country, the Friday Forum said in a statement issued last week. 694 more words

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EPW reviews Lanka's Economic Situation

Economic and Political Weekly as presented in Daily News, 23 January 2015

While the election victory for President Maithripala Sirisena was due to a unique political moment that united minorities and many in the Sinhala electorate to vote out an authoritarian regime, expectations of major change in economic policy need to be tempered. 1,321 more words

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