After the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and War by Mohan K. TikkuAfter the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and War by Mohan K. Tikku

After the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and War

byMohan K. Tikku

Hardcover | March 27, 2016

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While Buddhists all over the world were celebrating 2,500 years of Gautama Buddhas passing in 1956, Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was called then) was sowing the seeds of an ethnic conflict. To begin with, language became the source of conflict between the Sinhalese majority and the minority Tamils,until violence itself became the language of discourse between the two ethnic groups. After the Fall shows how Sri Lankas post-independence exercise in nation formation was beset with using language domination as an instrument of partisan power and racial memories as the way to define nationhood. That resulted in an escalating conflict through half a century of ethnic violence-givingrise to one of the worlds most fearsome militant movements and the cult of the suicide bomber. It analyzes how Eelam war four (20069), which came like a tornado crashing through all the red-lines of a war (even a guerrilla war), succeeded-and at what cost and consequences. The book argues how the success of this war, in which tens of thousands of civilians were killed, was the product of a unique combination of domestic and international factors. And why it cannot be replicated elsewhere as an example of fighting the "war against terror".

About The Author

Mohan K. Tikku, author and journalist, is a former leader writer and foreign correspondent of the Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He also heads the India Node of the Millennium Project.

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Title:After the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:March 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Where it all BeganSECTION I: CONTEXT1. The Game Changer2. Terms of Engagement3. Revolt in the Temple4. Tsunamis Spin5. The Road after GenevaSECTION II: CONFLICT6. Proxies on the Prowl7. Gathering Clouds8. The Shapes of War9. The Endgame10. Dealing with the DebrisSECTION III: CONSEQUENCE11. The PressUnder Stress12. Human Rights and the Wrongs13. An All-American Punch14. IndiaOut of the Frame15. After the FallAfterwordSelect BibiliographyIndexAbout the Author