What we envision
Itihas envisions a future in which Sri Lankan youth acknowledge and engage with multiple, contesting, and complex historical narratives with regard to identity, colonialism, power and citizenship. In this future, there is no ‘one truth’ or more valid version of history; instead, there is space for multiple experiences and realities to coexist.
What we hope to achieve
Itihas aims to equip Sri Lankan youth with the ability to think critically about their past, present, and future. It specifically aims to debunk mythological understandings of history that afford to particular ethno-religious groups a sense of superiority or authenticity over others. Rather than acting as a gatekeeper of knowledge, Itihas seeks to empower future generations of students, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to learn about, research, and make informed decisions on divisive issues such as conflict, discrimination and violence in a manner that advances a more inclusive Sri Lanka.