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Attack Of The Mutants: ICES (Colombo) And Other Accidents

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Where the mainstream academics are not very alert, discerning or prolific, the lunatic fringe will soon grow like a cancer and outweigh them in respectability. This happened in Sri Lanka to an unbelievable degree across a wide swath of social sciences including history, linguistics and anthropology. The mainstream was not vigilant […]

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When ICES Colombo Made Excursions Into The Lunatic Fringe

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Once upon a time, when the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo was not as respectable as they are now, they commissioned Mr. A. Theva Rajan, currently a member of the Transnational Constituent Assembly of Tamil Elam, to conduct a study on the status of Tamil in Sri Lanka, past and […]

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The Great History Cook-Fest By R. A. L. H Gunawardana And The SSA

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Its fans as well as critics agree that the Social Scientists’ Association (SSA) of Sri Lanka was on a mission. According to Michael Roberts (2004[i], p7), this mission was born out of the carnage of 1983 July, which apparently “came as a rude shock to local Leftists and liberals. As the […]

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R.A.L.H Gunawardana’s Separation From His Pali Dictionary At A Crucial Time

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – “It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.” “Yet seldom do they fail of their seed,” said Legolas. “And that will lie in the dust and rot to spring up again in […]

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A Language Called Sinhala Through R.A.L.H Gunawardana: A Very Dark Glass Darkly

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – My series on the history and development of the language called Sinhala (of which this is the third episode preceded by Episode 1 and Episode 2) would have been dry as dust if not for the fallible scholars of Sri Lanka.  If those worthies hadn’t gazed upon it through the glass […]

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A Language Called Sinhala Through A Glass Darkly

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – “May you live in interesting times”- An obscure Chinese curse. What makes certain social sciences scholars of Sri Lanka interesting is a strange fallibility in acquiring the basic text book information on subjects they write about. Even a cursory trawl through academic writings falling under Sri Lankan studies will flush out […]

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Brought To Sihaladipa And Put Into Sihalabhasa For The Benefit Of The Dipavasin

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – The author of “The Numbers Game”, probably the most informed study of the death toll for the last stages of the Elam war was telling me, that once in 2008, he was so appalled by the ignorance displayed by H L Seneviratne in a newspaper article  that he immediately started digging […]

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The Vanniyas Of Sri Lanka Vs Vanniyas Of South India

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – I got a query from Tissa Devendra regarding my previous piece, “Memories of the Vanni, Vaddas and Vanniyas”. “Do you mean to say that the Vanni was peopled by a slow influx of Vanniyar caste infiltrators from South India?” he asked. I told him that it’s simplistic to imagine Sri Lanka as […]

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Memories Of The Wanni; The Vaddas And The Vanniyas

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – I will call him Jayaseelan because I can’t recall his name (Preposterous but bear with me). Jayaseelan is a Tamil speaking Vadda who is an ex-LTTE fighter. Sometime after 2009, Sunday Divaina had done a story on Jayaseelan. It had captured a retrospective inner conflict going on within the man. Jayaseelan […]

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The Secret History Of Jaffna And The Vanni

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – The Vanni was the source of elephants to the Kingdom of Jaffna and elephants were Crown Property. By issuing a proclamation dated Lisbon, 3rd Jan., 1612, the King of Portugal had let the natives know that he had cottoned on to that and no one therefore should mess with Crown Property, […]

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