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Sovereignty Space and Civil War in Sri Lanka

Author: Anoma Pieris
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Analyses of the Sri Lankan civil war (1983–2009) overwhelmingly represent it as an ethnonationalist contest, prolonging postcolonial arguments on the creation and dissolution of the incipient nation-state since independence in 1948. While colonial divide-and-rule policies, the rise of ethnonationalist lobbies, structural discrimination and majoritarian democracy have been established as grounds for inter-ethnic hostility, there are other significant transformative forces that remain largely unacknowledged in postcolonial analyses. This ambitious multiscalar spatial study of civil war in Sri Lanka offers an intersectional, de-ethnicised analysis of political sovereignty drawn out by the struggle for territory. Based on vital retrospective findings from the five-year postwar period, when wartime hostilities were still festering, it convincingly links ethnonationalism to postnational border politics, marketisation, militarised securitisation and illiberal democracy. This book argues that internecine conflict exposes the implicit violence within nation-state formations; mass human displacements heighten collective and individual ontological insecurity and neoliberalism makes the nation porous in unforeseen ways. Based around three themes – normative spaces, human mobilities and exilic states – it is organised into ten comprehensive, chapter-based explorations of a range of spatial units, including homes, cities, routes, camps and experiences of ruin that were irrevocably politicised by protracted conflict. Focusing on their material transformations over a thirty-seven-year period, the book explores what can be known of the war if we look beyond ethnicity to other salient, shared geographical features of this embattled history. The book uncovers how fealty to exclusionary cultures of political sovereignty aligns us with their violence, limiting our capacity for empathy, a boundary seemingly exacerbated by neoliberal opportunities. Making use of Sri Lanka as a case study to test geographic, architectural and urban methodologies for understanding violence, this book acts as a provocation to rethink current readings of the particular case study while reflecting on the more general impact of marketisation and militarisation in Asia. It will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, including those scholars interested in South Asian history, politics and civil war, South Asian studies, border studies, geography and architecture and urban studies.


Sri Lanka

Author: International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept
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Sri Lanka Public Training Institutions in 2016

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This independent tracer study examines Sri Lanka's Skills Sector Development Program, which the Asian Development Bank supported through results-based lending. The study tracks graduates from seven public technical and vocational education and training institutions involved in the program. It examines graduates' employability by looking at job placement rates. It also examines access to the education and training programs, their quality and relevance, and possible areas for improvement in the sector. The study provides evidence to inform future policies to help equip young people with the skills employers need.


Food policies and nutrition transition in Sri Lanka Historical trends political regimes and options for interventions

Author: Weerahewa, Jeevika
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In this paper we look at Sri Lanka’s food and nutrition policies from a historical perspective to identify the intervention options for addressing the country’s current food security and nutrition challenges.


Urbanization and Regional Sustainability in South Asia

Author: Sumana Bandyopadhyay
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This book examines urbanization and migration processes in South Asia. By analyzing the socio-economic impacts and infrastructural, environmental and institutional aspects of different conurbations, it highlights conflicts over agricultural land as well as the effects on health, education, poverty and the welfare of children, women and old people. The authors also explore issues of mobility; connectivity and accessibility of public services, and discuss the effective use of new urban-management tools, such as the concept of smart cities and urban spatial monitoring.


Sixty Years of China Sri Lanka Relations

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A Gendered Approach to Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

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Traditional Herbal Remedies of Sri Lanka

Author: Viduranga Y. Waisundara
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The Sri Lankan medicinal system predominantly utilizes herbs and spices for the treatment of various ailments. This is mostly because Sri Lanka is a tropical country, a biodiverse hot-spot blessed with a plethora of flora and fauna. Traditional Herbal Remedies of Sri Lanka looks at the traditional medicinal practices of the country that utilize plant material from a cultural, philosophical and scientific perspective. When it comes to the scientific aspects, several Sri Lankan herbs have been in the spotlight for possessing bioactive constituents with promising therapeutic effects. It is hoped that these will be considered as strong candidates to combat currently prevailing global disease conditions. Key Features: Reveals the science behind the traditional wisdom passed down in Sri Lanka’s long history of using herbal medicines Emphasizes the increasing global interest in botanical drugs Reviews the hot topic of Sri Lankan herbs, which possess bioactive constituents and have promising therapeutic effects Aids the international natural product communities to better understand the herbal resources in Sri Lanka


Government and Politics in Sri Lanka

Author: A. R. Sriskanda Rajah
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The island of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was one of the few Asian colonies in which the British Empire experimented liberal state-building in the nineteenth century, and where many British colonial officials predicted that the independent state would become a liberal democratic success story. Sri Lanka has held on to much of the liberal democratic state-institutions left behind by the British Empire, including periodic elections. At the same time, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded in September 2015 that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Sri Lanka committed serious international crimes against the Tamils. Such accusations are usually levelled against authoritarian states; it is unusual for a democracy to face such charges. This book analyses where Sri Lanka stands as a state that has in place liberal democratic state-institutions but exhibits the characteristics of an authoritarian state. Using Michel Foucault’s concept of biopolitics, the author argues that Sri Lanka enacted racist legislations and perpetrated mass-atrocities on the Tamils as part of its biopolitics of institutionalising and securing a Sinhala-Buddhist ethnocratic state-order. The book also explores the ways that, apart from military action, power relations produce the effects of battle, and thus the way that peace can often become a means of waging war. The author provides fresh insights into Sri Lanka’s postcolonial policies and the system of government that it has in place. A novel approach to analysing Sri Lanka’s postcolonial policies and the system of government, this book will be of interests to researchers in the field of Political Science, Asian Politics and International Relations.


Mammals of Sri Lanka

Author: Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
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A compact, easy-to-use mammal identification guide for any nature watcher on a visit to Sri Lanka. More than 40 species are described here in detail, from the Grey Slender Loris to the Giant Squirrel and the Fishing Cat. All of these animals are clearly illustrated in a collection of specially commissioned colour photographs. With more than 130 full-colour photographs, a regional distribution map and handy tips on the best localities for spotting animals. Illustrated with clear colour photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of animals from each region that the traveller is most likely to see, as well as those that are truly endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal rucksack and suitcase space.