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Protests in Sri Lanka: A Historical Perspective

Protests in Sri Lanka: A Historical Perspective

This is the transcript of my talk at the Teach-Out organised by Sachini Perera, with Hyshyama Hamin at Independence Square on 8 April 2022. — Today we are witnessing mass protests across the island, in a way we haven’t seen before. Some of you here tonight may be...

The Game Protection Society, est. 1894.

The Game Protection Society, est. 1894.

On 20 March, I read a letter from the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) (WNPS). The letter was shared on Twitter following the removal of the ‘Stop Ecocide’ mural at Viharamahadevi Park. The letter, addressed to the Mayor of...

The Colonial History of Islamophobic Slurs in Sri Lanka

The Colonial History of Islamophobic Slurs in Sri Lanka

By Shamara Wettimuny Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-faith island. Yet despite centuries of physical coexistence, ethnic, religious and linguistic differences continue to bring communities into conflict. Muslims in Sri Lanka (comprising around 9.7% of the...

Pre-Independence Demands for Federalism in Sri Lanka

Pre-Independence Demands for Federalism in Sri Lanka

I recently stumbled upon some fascinating facts about ‘federalism’ in Sri Lanka in the course of reading about our twentieth century history. The idea has a negative connotation today, and is often associated with ‘separatism’. However, it has an interesting history...

A brief history of anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

A brief history of anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

By Shamara Wettimuny The recent Easter Attacks targeting a number of churches and hotels devastated Sri Lanka. Over 250 people were killed, and many more were injured. Within days of the attack, it emerged that the perpetrators of the attack were affiliated to radical...