The Sri Lankan Tamils: ethnicity and identity
Within the larger context of the bitter ethnic strife in Sri Lanka, this timely volume assembles a multidisciplinary group of scholars to explore the central issue of Tamil identity. Bringing historical, sociological, political, and geographical perspectives to bear on the subject, the contributors analyze various aspects of the Sri Lankan Tamil community as it strives to justify its rightful place on the island. Exploring the roots of conflict in Sri Lanka, the book traces the distinct historical origins of the Sri Lankan Tamils, discusses the impact of colonial rule, assesses the country's caste system, and questions the government's land settlement policy as well as other discriminatory practices. This exploration enables the contributors to explain the rise of militant movements in Sri Lanka - particularly the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who demand the right of self-determination. Finally, the volume addresses the explosive issues of separatism and secession.
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Under Colonial Rule
Tamils and the Meaning of History
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19th century AGA divisions agricultural Amparai District ancient Arasaratnam Arumuka Navalar autonomy became British Buddhist caste Ceylon Tamils Chelvanayakam Christianity Colombo Colombo Tamils colonial dominant Dry Zone Dutch Eastern Province economic EPRLF EROS established Ethnic Conflict Federal Party Hill Country Tamils Hindu history of Jaffna identity Indian Tamils IPKF island Jaffna kingdom Jaffna peninsula Jaffna Tamils karaiyar kingdom of Jaffna land language LTTE majority Mannar Maviddapuram migration Minority Tamils Muslims Nalavars Navalar North-East Province Northern and Eastern Northern Province Pallars Pattu period political Portuguese reform region religion religious rule S. J. V. Chelvanayakam settled Sinhala Sinhalese and Tamil Sinhalese peasants Sinhalese population social south India Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Tamils Tamil community Tamil culture Tamil Eelam Tamil history Tamil kingdom Tamil leaders Tamil militants Tamil Nadu Tamil population Tamil-speaking temple entry territory Tigers traditional homeland Trincomalee District TULF Vanni Vellalar villages western Yalppana Vaipava Malai