Inscribing the Victor’s Land

Nationalistic authorship in Sri Lanka’s post-war Northeast

Rachel Seoigheby Rachel Seoighe, ‘Conflict, Security & Development,’ Vol. 16, 2016, Issue 5

This article examines the nationalistic authorship of space in Sri Lanka’s post-conflict Northeast as part of the state’s nation-building strategy and as a continuation of a post-colonial process of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalistic revival. Exploring issues of historiography, conflict resolution, physical vehicles of ideology and collective memory, the article demonstrates how land policies, development and the tourism industry in a post-conflict context can go hand-in-hand with dispossession, militarisation and the humiliation of a ‘defeated’ minority community.

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