Reflections on South Asia

Kosmas Indikopleustes's map of the world The most populated and densely populated region in Asia, South Asia is a sprawling mass of land and sea. It covers around five million square kilometres, or 3.5 percent of the world’s land surface, and houses a quarter of humanity. Within its frontiers, eight countries shelter a dazzling potpourri… Continue reading Reflections on South Asia

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Linkages and breakages: The periodisation question in Sri Lanka

Vatadage / Uditha Devapriya Halfway through Senake Bandaranayake’s Continuities and Transformations: Studies in Sri Lankan Archaeology and History, I stopped to wonder why we no longer produce exceptional sociologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians. Bandaranayake gives us the most cohesive critique of Ananda Coomaraswamy’s theories on art and culture, a critique that Regi Siriwardena revisited in… Continue reading Linkages and breakages: The periodisation question in Sri Lanka

The colonial bourgeoisie and the Sinhala cultural revival

"The Birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama", Sarlis The colonial bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka by no means formed a monolithic class. They were divided horizontally as well as vertically: horizontally on the basis of income and inheritance, and vertically on the basis of primordial attachments such as caste ideology. Various factors, mainly economic conspired as much… Continue reading The colonial bourgeoisie and the Sinhala cultural revival

A critique of Jathika Chintanaya

“The middle-class of this country, a majority of them, appear to follow Jathika Chintanaya. But it’s very clear that they don’t know what Jathika Chintanaya means. Nor do they seem interested in knowing what it is. Gunadasa Amarasekara talks about Jathika Chintanaya. I talk about Chintanaye Jathikathwaya. Those not hailing from the middle-class know what… Continue reading A critique of Jathika Chintanaya