Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka: The Case of the Tamil Estate Workers

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Anthem Press, 2009 - History - 244 pages
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‘Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka’ examines the loss of citizenship and statelessness of Indian Tamil estate workers in Sri Lanka. The loss of citizenship this community suffered over 60 years ago continues to dominate and disrupt their lives, contributing to poor working conditions, impoverishment and general marginalisation. By analysing the context of the formal agreement between the Indian and Sri Lankan government that led to the loss of citizenship Kanapathipillai reveals the economic, electoral and ideological issues that influenced the decision, and introduces gendered notions of citizenship and the agency of the workers into the discussion of the phenomenon.

‘Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka’ approaches the issue from a Sri Lankan perspective, thereby bringing a distinct new voice to scholarship on this subject, which has previously focussed on the inter-governmental and foreign policy implications of the agreement. By breaking the 'view from above' approach, and listening to the 'voices from below' of the Indian Tamil workers who have suffered as a result of the agreement, Kanapathipillai successfully reframes the parameters of scholarship on this subject.

 

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Contents

THE BURDEN OF HISTORY
15
DISENFRANCHISEMENT
39
THE AGREEMENT THAT FAILED
71
THE AGREEMENT THAT SUCCEEDED
89
THE START OF THE IMPLEMENTATION
113
SIRIMA TIMES PRESSURE TO LEAVE
125
THE END OF A SAGA
163
Chapter 9 RETROSPECTION
185
NOTES
201
BIBLIOGRAPHY
209
APPENDIX
219
GLOSSARY
221
INDEX
223
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About the author (2009)

Valli Kanapathipillai completed her doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam in 2005. Previously she worked as consultant and researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo. She has also worked as a consultant for several NGOs on projects connected to the Tamil estate workers in Sri Lanka. Her publications include 'Victims of July '83' in 'Mirrors of Violence', edited by Professor Veena Das (Delhi, 1990).

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