The Broken Palmyra – The Tamil Crisis in Sri Lanka, An Inside Account has 17 ratings and 0 reviews: Published by The Sri Lanka Studies Institute, The Broken Palmyra, authored by four dons from the University of Jaffna, is an inside account of the Tamil crisis in Sri Lanka, which also touches on the general . Dr. Rajani Thiranagama (née Rajasingham) (23 February – 21 September ) was a A few weeks after the publication of book The Broken Palmyra, on 21 September , she was shot dead at Thirunelvely, Jaffna in front of her.

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Twenty years ago, The Broken Palmyrah, reported on the war like perhaps no other work in Lanka and for that brokem competes with some of the most insightful reporting on wars anywhere in the world. They had two daughters: In view of such a situation, for India to exhort bromen participation in what is portrayed as free and fair elections is a parody; especially because India itself is partly responsible for creating such political conditions in the community over the past five years.

It saw most of all the problem of the Sri Lankan State and the Sinhala elite that controlled it and used State power and its attendant violence towards the destruction of the entire country.

The Broken Palmyra – The Tamil Crisis in Sri Lanka, An Inside Account

The Broken Palmyra, authored by four dons from the University of Jaffna, is an inside account of the Tamil crisis in Sri Lanka, which also touches on the general Sri Lankan predicament to which this crisis is inextricably linked.

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Prabhakar Jayaprakash marked it as to-read Sep 20, Thumb-nail character sketches of the LTTE Leaders, scattered in the book makes some revelational reading. If there is hope for Lanka it has to be built on the commitment and principles of such leaders as well as less known thousands of individuals who struggled to maintain sanity in a society devastated by war.

I wonder whether the authors themselves stand accused of “throwing around some big words and big names from the West”. This palmyrahh presents for the first time the gruesome events at Jaffna hospital during the Indian assault to capture Jaffna. The book shows how an oppressed minority responding by pakmyrah principles and universal values, for opportunism and brutality, finished up in a state of utter weakness and hopelessness. Since the book is a collective endeavour of four academics who held positions in the Departments of Anatomy, Psychiatry and Mathematics of the University of Jaffnaan uneven flow of the narration in the text could be easily noticed.

Amazon Drive Cloud palmyraj from Amazon. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Many individuals and young persons who voiced criticism of the political forces have been victimised, driven away, or killed while we looked on. But it was The Broken Palmyrah that perhaps fully grasped through the voices of ordinary people and its analysis of the political problem, the malaise that had eclipsed the Tamil community and the country.

During her stay at Colombo University she met a politically active student leader from Kelaniya University named Dayapala Thiranagama. It very early on saw how the broader Tamil community in placing its faith on deliverance by an external actor such as India and not on its own politics was undermining its own aspirations.

Bandhula Ekanayake added it Jul 01, While continuing to write and publish scientific papers, she also became implicated in grassroots organisations fighting for women’s rights and against the discrimination of Britain’s black people [4] and became involved in the international campaigns of other liberation groups.


A snippet of this Leftist analysis and the challenges for the way forward is clear from the following passage: The authors of The Broken Palmyrah were by despairing about aplmyrah turn in Tamil militancy: Books by Rajan Hoole.

The psychosomatic consequences and social repression have broken society as much if not more than the physical devastation brought by bombs, shells and guns. Thisera Daya Sandagiri Wasantha Karannagoda.

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In the face of our acquiescence to anti-democratic tendencies within the community, our plea for democracy becomes a meaningless exercise. One American industrialist invited Swami to visit his newly built meat-processing plant. Washington took a keen interest. The newest voice to be added to this raucous cacophony is India, which has also indicated its purported view that an international investigation is called for, or made noises indicating that they too favoured such an investigation.

Sections of that statement are worth quoting at length as it also speaks to the current moment in the North and East where elections are superficially conflated with democratisation:. At present Rajani’s husband and Narmada live in England. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ruckman marked it as to-read Feb 17, I much like most boys romanticised the armed struggle which had its early rumbling during my childhood in Jaffna.