Monthly Archives: December 2018

After War’s End, a Long Struggle to Patch Invisible Wounds

by Mujib Mashal, ‘The New York Times,’ December 4, 2018 A government psychiatrist in Sri Lanka goes door to door in an area scarred by civil war, doing whatever he can to meet a staggering need for help. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — One by one the villagers arrive, each carrying a little blue book that… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Crisis of Democracy

by Neil DeVotta, ‘East Asia Forum,’ Australia, December 3, 2018 Through three decades of post-independence civil unrest, Sri Lanka operated as a flawed yet commendable democracy. But in the past month, the country’s politicians have unleashed a democratic crisis and become a laughing stock. On one occasion legislators engaged in fisticuffs in parliament, and attacked the… Read more »

Onomastics of Tamil Personal Names – Part 3

by Sachi Sri Kantha, November 25, 2018 Part 1 Introduction More than 18 months had passed, since I contributed Part 2 of this series. In it, I presented the Eelam Tamil names of the renowned intelligentsia of the 19th century, as culled from Sanmugam Arumugam’s ‘Dictionary of Biography of the Ceylon Tamils (1997). In this part 3,… Read more »