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Rajan Hoole (b1948) BSc Electrical Engineering, Univ Ceylon; BSc Mathematics Univ of London;
DPhil Mathematical Logic, Oxford.


Kirupaimalar Hoole (b1955) BSc Science, Univ of Jaffna; MSc Business Information Systems,
Univ of East London; MSc Library Science, Univ of Colombo.

Democracy Stillborn traces the present plight of Sri Lanka to the battles of the 1920s over the championship of labour by Ponnambalam Arunachalam.


His ouster in 1921 from the Ceylon National Congress, led to the country's politics becoming dominated by estate capitalism. This in turn resulted in an anti-labour stance blended with communalism, which received a boost from the total disenfranchisement of plantation labour by 1949. The main legal battle around citizenship of plantation labour left the Judiciary deeply compromised. The right of habeas corpus affirmed in the Bracegirdle case of 1937 was attacked by the 1947 Public Security Ordinance permitting 'murder in good faith.' With elite Tamil and Muslim complicity, politics which was anti-labour at first, turned to ethno-chauvinism, surrendering the Parliamentary Left to Sinhalese exclusivism by 1964. Organised labour, weakened by abandoning the Plantation sector, was crushed by the UNP government in the General Strike of 1980. The right of habeas corpus, rendered virtually extinct by the 1979 PTA, made way for the cruel joke of the 2007 ICCPR Act.

Observing that the country is tired of revolutions, Democracy Stillborn places its hope in the survival in a mangled form of the Separation of Powers and of new life in a Judiciary with the courage to declare bad laws unconstitutional.

ISBN 978-624-5993-01-7
Author Rajan & Kirupaimalar Hoole
RS. 4,500
480 In Stock

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, Gananath Obeyesekere completed a B.A. in English (1955) at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, followed by an M.A. (1958) and Ph.D (1964) at the University of Washington. Obeyesekere held teaching positions at the University of Ceylon, the University of Washington, the University of California, San Diego and has done much work in his home country of Sri Lanka.

WINNER OF THE STATE LITERARY AWARD 2023 Who are the Väddas? Where do they come from? Where have they gone?

While many continue to accept the storyline represented by colonial era thinkers that of the romantic and benign image of Väddas as children of nature living in tune or harmony with their environment. Anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere brings back into our contemporary discourse the voices of Väddas silenced by history or misrepresented in Western scholarship, dispelling the prevailing view of primitive hunters and gatherers living in isolated pockets in the wilds of Bintanna.

In this bold and captivating account, drawing on his research conducted during the periods 1999-2001 and 2007-2009, Obeyesekere presents an alternative narrative of these Väddas of Sri Lanka with a fresh look at their crucial role in society. Further, Obeyesekere cautions that they are a disappearing "tribe" that may soon vanish from the world's ethnological museum

ISBN 978-624-5993-00-0
Author Gananath Obeysekere
RS. 1,800
420 In Stock
Published by: Sailfish

END OF LINE

Kumari Jayawardena is the author of The Rise of the Labor Movement in Ceylon, Ethnic Class Conflicts in Sri Lanka, Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World, and The White Woman's Other Burden. She is a former Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colombo.

LABOUR, FEMINISM & ETHNICITY IN SRI LANKA presents selected essays by leading academic and feminist figure Kumari Jayawardena.

A collection of seminal essays uniting diverse topics encompassing the heading. From 'Striking Printers' and 'Pioneer Rebels Among The Colombo Working Class' to remembering activists like Heidi Keunemann and Vivienne Goonewardena the book goes on to explore the effects on Sinhal Buddhism on 'The Daughters of The Soil' and 'The White Woman's Other Burden'. As can be expected, a meticulously researched and thoughtfully assembled text that will remain essential reading for anyone interested in the structuring of Sri Lanka.

ISBN 978-955-7743-03-5
Author Kumari Jayawardena
RS. 3,000
400 In Stock

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, Gananath Obeyesekere completed a B.A. in English (1955) at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, followed by an M.A. (1958) and Ph.D (1964) at the University of Washington. Obeyesekere held teaching positions at the University of Ceylon, the University of Washington, the University of California, San Diego and has done much work in his home country of Sri Lanka.

Surrounded by magnificent mountains, the city of Kandy, home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth and the Royal Palace, was the capital of Lanka for about three hundred years. Gananath Obeysekere paints a vivid portrait of the kings of these great green highlands of Kandy, revealing a complex and advanced society every bit as violent as any other civilization. Focusing on kings Vimaladharmasuriya 1, Rajasinha II, Sri Vijaya Rajasinha and Kirti Sri Rajasinha, he brings the Kandyan monarchy to life, depicting them not as mythic figures but as real flesh and blood, larger than life characters who ruled over the last citadel of Lankan aristocracy

ISBN 978-955-7743-06-6
Author Gananath Obeysekere
RS. 2,000
410 In Stock
Pages: 200
Published by: Sailfish

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, Gananath Obeyesekere completed a B.A. in English (1955) at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, followed by an M.A. (1958) and Ph.D (1964) at the University of Washington. Obeyesekere held teaching positions at the University of Ceylon, the University of Washington, the University of California, San Diego and has done much work in his home country of Sri Lanka.

A requiem for Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

On 24 Jan 1816, the captured king of Kandy was escorted on board the Cornwallis together with his queens, relatives and servants. Almost a month later, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha arrives at the Vellore Fort in India, to spend his remaining days in exile. Thus ends the tragic tale of the Doomed King of Lanka.

Using Kadaimpot, vittipot and documents from English servicemen, Gananath Obeysekere reveals a portrait of a king who was much maligned and betrayed by those he trusted. The Doomed King makes for fascinating reading where a master spy, a Machiavellian governor and an opportunistic nobleman together, bring about the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom.

'This book confirms that Obeysekere, probably the most distinguished living anthropologist, remains at the peak of his prodigious scholarly powers.' - Rajeev Bhargava, Professor, CSDS, Delhi

'Essential reading, not only for its accounts of colonial rule in Kandy, but also for providing an example of the long-lasting persistence of historical knowledge that was constructed to justify imperial expansion.' - John Rogers, American Inst of Sri Lankan Studies

ISBN 978-955-7743-02-8
Author Gananath Obeysekere
RS. 2,750
413 In Stock
Pages: 410
Published by: Sailfish