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Amiya P. Sen: "Hinduism" and the Problem of Self-Actualisation in the Colonial Era
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Lecture by Prof. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri on 24 May 2017
On 24 May 2017 at 5 pm the Sri Lanka Lecture with the title "Sri Lanka: The crisis of the postcolonial state and the current political turmoil" by Prof. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri (Department of History, University of Colombo) will take place in Room Z10 (Poster).
Abstract:
The massive crowd, which gathered at the Gall Face Green in Colombo on May 1st, 2017 at the International Workers’ Day rally, organized by the ‘Joint Opposition’ led by the former president Mahinda Rajapaksha, was indeed the highlight of customary May Day demonstrations in Sri Lanka this year. What is remarkable about this mammoth gathering, unprecedented in similar public gatherings in the recent past, is that it indisputably underscored the strong come-back made by Rajapaksha’s followers subsequent to two successive election defeats in 2015. More than this, the rally revealed some fault lines in the precarious political equilibrium in Sri Lanka, which is certainly experiencing a multi-faceted crisis. If the Rajapaksha regime could be defeated by a grand coalition that brought together political forces from many constituencies in the highly diverse political landscape of Sri Lanka, this rally, contrastively, showed that the political future of that grand coalition is being held at bay, and could be challenged by a successful mobilization of one particular constituency, i.e. the Sinhala-Buddhist South. This is indeed a serious phenomenon to be reckoned with, taking into consideration the deep-structural and historical roots of the present crisis.
17 May 2017

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Governing India: What do we know and need to know?
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