By Rajan Hoole
Sri Lanka's Decades of Divide, Janaury 04,
2003, Lakshman Sabaratnam, EPW,
Hounded but Defiant, T N Gopalan, New Indpress,
RAJAN HOOLE'S 'SRI LANKA'
An impassioned indictment of terror
By Jeff Kingston, The Japan Times: July 14, 2002
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Sri Lanka: The Arrogance of Power: Myths,
Decadence and Murder.pa.
Author(s): Hoole, Rajan. ISBN: 9559447041.
Edition: 1. Pages: 504. Binding: TP. Pub.Date: 02052001.
Summary: Major new work on violence, ideology, recent political
history of Sri Lanka. on Indian role, nature of Tamil unrest a thoughtful,
creative overview, strongly recommended.
List Price: $32.00
Written by a co-author of The Broken Palmyra, the focus of which was
inwards - within Tamil society - the present volume examines primarily
the Sri Lankan State. Sri Lanka: The Arrogance of Power - Myths, Decadence
and Murder is the story of how the State, its ideology and inherent violence
spawned the LTTE as its mirror image, a violently obscurantist JVP within
Sinhalese society itself, and continues to suffocate in that legacy.
The book traces the connections between major events in post-independence
Sri Lanka. It elucidates crucial aspects of the 1977 violence that have
been papered over. The central sections deal with the July 1983 holocaust
and the Welikade prison massacres that still form an elusive watershed
in this country's political history. Both published and unpublished materials
have been collated in giving an account of the JVP insurgency of 1987-90.
A key chapter deals with the dirty war of the mid-1980s, where the UNP
government's attempt at demographic transformation, with covert Western
and Israeli assistance, plunged the crisis to a point of no return and
irrevocably internationalised it. Other chapters deal with demoralisation
in the security forces, political assassinations and the fascist drift
among Tamils. A final chapter tackles the question of peace. Although
written for the general reader wanting to probe below official and partisan
obfuscation, the student of contemporary Sri Lanka will find the book
compulsory reading.] 500p.
Published by University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), Sri Lanka.
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