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Deciphering The Vanniyas; A People Out Of The Box

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – During the twilight of the Vanniyas, that is, the latter half of the 19th century, the last remaining representatives of that identity were found eking out a living in several villages of Nuvarakalaviya (North Central province) and Northern province (mainly around Vavuniya in Kurunthankulam and Nochcikulam or Chinna Cheddikulam). They were […]

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Into The Vanni And Jaffna Of The 17th Century

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – His name was Knox. Robert Knox. English. He was a prisoner in Lanka from 1660 to 1680. Finally he escaped from Kandy or more specifically from Rajasinha II, who claimed to be the sovereign overlord of the whole of Lanka and its people. The world-view Rajasinha II inherited as a ruler […]

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A Historian In Focus: The Dark Side Of S Pathmanathan

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Cognitive problems and knowledge deficiencies of S. Pathmanathan, Professor Emeritus of History? Yes. First, a caveat. Although there is a school of thought that Sri Lanka shows a lack of discernment in the making of her professors emeritus (“X was made a professor emeritus after just one publication” remarked a senior […]

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No, You Can’t Have Jam Yet Professor Sitrampalam!

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Professor S.K Sitrampalam is the former professor of history in the University of Jaffna, a vice president of ITAK (euphemistically known as the Federal Party) and a specialist in South Asian history and Archaeology. He can be relied on… To take your breath away by bizarre displays of ignorance that is […]

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Gordon Weiss And The Dynamics Of Redemption

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Not for personal gain is this exercise of mine but in pursuit of redemption. Redemption is a curious thing. To counter every wrong pattern that gets drawn on the canvas of existence, it draws some other pattern, next to which the wrong pattern looks so godawful and out of place that […]

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What Paranavitana Said To McGilvray; “Do Your Homework Son”

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – “There are Brahmi inscriptions at Jailani dating to the second century BC, but they appear to assert territorial claims by local political chieftains. According to Aboosally (2002: 62-3) there is no evidence that the site was ever dedicated to the Buddhist Sangha.”- Dennis McGilvray, ‘Jailani: A Sufi Shrine in Sri Lanka’ […]

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Dennis McGilvray: In The Cozy Darkness Of A Velvet Blindfold

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – Stupidity is no stranger to academia. It lurks behind reputed and respected scholarly facades and waits for the owner of the façade to lower his or her guard. Then it comes out, so brazenly and without apology that one is struck speechless. Recently I had occasion to be entranced by the […]

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Kuragala Lessons 2: Using PR To Obliterate Heritage

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – I surmise that Dennis McGilvray came into the orbit of the Aboosally family through his researches into the matrilineality of the Tamil and Muslim communities of the east coast of Sri Lanka. M.L.M Aboosally’s wife came from the matrilineal east coast town of Kalmunai[i]. My hypothesis is that on the strength […]

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Kuragala Lessons: Fighting With Honour For A Stake In A Layered Heritage

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – In Archaeology there is a novel concept called “Public Participatory Interactive multi cultural Museum and Site Presentation” applicable to sites with multiple heritages[i]. This involves being inclusive of all available heritage components in presenting the identity of a site[ii]. Kuragala presents the typical layered heritage pattern. Season 1- It is a […]

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The BBS That My Mother Likes

By Darshanie Ratnawalli – I am the legitimate issue of a woman who unabashedly claims to admire the Bodu Bala Sena. This affords me a critical perspective into the issue, without which everyone is floundering like headless chickens. There may be other people, whose mothers etc. harbor soft spots for the BBS. But because they […]

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