Intolerance And Islamaphobia In Post-War Sri Lanka

Intolerance And Islamaphobia In Post-War Sri Lanka

Intolerance And Islamaphobia In Post-War Sri Lanka By Abdul     ‘Being Sri Lankan’ to me is a confusing idea sometimes. Do we really have an all-encompassing identity that cuts across our cultural and religious differences, or are we just unfortunate inhabitants of...
Rituals, Unpacked

Rituals, Unpacked

Rituals, Unpacked Sri Lanka is rich in religious and cultural rituals. Some of them are a mix of different religions and many of them cut across communities. This feature, while not an exhaustive list of the country’s many rituals and beliefs, explores a select few...
Children, On Religion

Children, On Religion

Children, On Religion When one speaks of religious diversity in Sri Lanka today, the key word that comes to mind is tolerance. What does religious diversity mean in Sri Lanka today and how do we practice it? In light of all the growing intolerance against the Muslim...
The Tsunami: 10 Years On

The Tsunami: 10 Years On

The Tsunami: 10 Years On By Anushka A monk helps to remove dead bodies at the site of the train disaster, Peraliya, Southern Sri Lanka, 27th December 2004. Photograph by Amantha Perera, text by Anushka Wijesinha. Sri Lanka was one of fourteen countries that saw the...
The Disappearing Dhobis

The Disappearing Dhobis

The Disappearing Dhobis By Lakna   In the British Colonial era, warships that docked at the Colombo Port had been in dire need of a facility to wash their linen as amenities to do the laundry were not available onboard. The Dhobi community residing in the vicinity of...
Java Lane, Vanishing With Old Colombo

Java Lane, Vanishing With Old Colombo

Java Lane, Vanishing With Old Colombo By Abdul The eviction and relocation of residents in Slave Island of an area approximately 160 acres in the heart of Colombo 1 began almost two years ago. Seventy thousand households are being relocated to newly constructed...
Whose Right Of Way?

Whose Right Of Way?

Whose Right Of Way? By Abdul When travelling along the stunningly picturesque Colombo-Matara expressway, Sri Lanka’s first toll-operated highway, it is easy to forget the toll that this project took on the surrounding communities. In the course of construction,...