Category Archives: patriotism

Looking Down a Ship’s Cannon: Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah in Q and A

Manjula Fernando, in Sunday Observer, 27 August 2017, where the title is “”I was always the target of the LTTE” …. Note: the highlighting is my imposition and see additional references at the end — Editor, Thuppahi

Speaking about his ascension to become the topmost Naval officer in the country, the son of a Tamil Naval doctor who developed a love for the service as a little boy, he says, “I was destined to be a front line executive officer to go out to sea, and carry out certain missions which would have changed the tide of the war with the LTTE.”

 

MANJULA FERNANDO’s QUESTIONS

Q: There is a popular perception that war heroes are born in a particular genre of schools. Are you the first Trinitian to be appointed to this prestigious post?

As the Navy Commander yes, I am the first. But, it doesn’t mean Trinitians haven’t gone to war. Trititians have fought in World War 1 as well as WW 11. Many Trinitians have served in the security forces but unfortunately, none have lived long enough to rise to the top. There were Trinitians, like Commander Shanti Bahar, Gen. Densil Kobbekaduwa and Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga who made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of this country. I represent all of them. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, authoritarian regimes, ethnicity, governance, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, military strategy, patriotism, performance, politIcal discourse, power politics, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil Tiger fighters, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, war reportage, world events & processes

Michael Roberts in Conversation in London, 8 March 2018

VISIT https://vimeo.com/259131094

Distinguished academic Dr Michael Roberts was in England recently and talked about his experiences and work including his online life as creator of the Thuppahi Blog (https://thuppahi.wordpress.com) …. This Q and A takes 60 minutes.

Pic by Eranga Jayawardena

Michael Roberts is a historian by training and has taught at the Department of History at Peradeniya University (1961-76) and the Department of Anthropology at Adelaide University (1977-2003). His major works are in agrarian history, social mobility, nationalism and ethnic conflict. Based on his interest in the Tamil liberation struggle and the sacrificial devotion mustered by the LTTE, he has written extensively on suicide missions. Michael Roberts has also edited several volumes on Sri Lanka entitled Collective Identities. In 2004, he retired as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Adelaide University, but continues to write articles.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, conspiracies, doctoring evidence, education, ethnicity, governance, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, life stories, literary achievements, LTTE, modernity & modernization, nationalism, news fabrication, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, prabhakaran, propaganda, Rajapaksa regime, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil Tiger fighters, truth as casualty of war, UN reports, unusual people, vengeance, war reportage, world events & processes

Alan Strathern on The Vijaya Story as A Variant of the Romulus Tale … and Stranger Kings

Alan Strathern of Brasenose College, Oxford, with emphasis in colour being an imposition by The Editor Thuppahi

ABSTRACT: The story of Vijaya, has long been central to the Sinhalese idea of themselves as a distinct ethnic group of Aryan origin with ancient roots in the island of Lanka. The ‘national’ chronicle of the Sinhalese, the Mahāvaṃsa (circa fifth century ce) presents Vijaya, an exiled prince from India descended from a lion, as the founder hero of Sinhala civilisation. In a companion article to this, I argued that the narrative of Vijaya and other founder-heroes in the Mahāvaṃsa revolves around the theme of transgression, and that this puzzling fact can only be explained by a consideration of the symbolic logic of the ‘stranger-king’ in origin stories and kingship rituals worldwide.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, cultural transmission, heritage, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, life stories, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, Rajapaksa regime, religiosity, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, travelogue, vengeance, world events & processes

Kemper in London on Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World

Listen to PODCAST by Steven E. Kemper introducing his book Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World (U of Chicago Press, 2015) from New Books in Buddhist Studies … in London ….. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/new-books-in-buddhist-studies/id458210899?mt=2&i=1000345817559

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Buddhism, centre-periphery relations, cultural transmission, education, heritage, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, Indian religions, Indian traditions, island economy, landscape wondrous, life stories, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, religious nationalism, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, tolerance, unusual people, violence of language, world affairs, zealotry

A Battery of Cricketers condemn Sinhala Racist Attacks

Mahela Jayawardena :https://twitter.com/mahelajay/status/971269970964381696

Sanath Jayasuriya :https://twitter.com/sanath07/status/971296370408808449

Kumar Sangakkara :https://twitter.com/kumarsanga2/status/971293153969000449 Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, atrocities, Buddhism, communal relations, cricket for amity, democratic measures, disparagement, education, ethnicity, fundamentalism, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, human rights, landscape wondrous, life stories, meditations, Muslims in Lanka, nationalism, patriotism, performance, politIcal discourse, power politics, racist thinking, religious nationalism, riots and pogroms, self-reflexivity, Sri Lankan cricket, sri lankan society, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, tolerance, trauma, unusual people, vengeance, violence of language, welfare & philanthophy

SL Government caves in to British Bullying: Brigadier Priyanka OUT… LTTE Flags Fly High

Rajeewa Jayaweera, in Sunday Island, 4 March 2019   ….  with highlighting emphasis inserted by The Editor, Thuppahi

A relatively minor episode which took place outside the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London on February 04, blown out of proportion, has ended in the unconditional surrender by GoSL to Britain’s diktat.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, British imperialism, centre-periphery relations, democratic measures, discrimination, disparagement, governance, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, vengeance, violence of language, world events & processes

Cricket as the Prince of Sports in Sri Lanka

Michael Roberts, ‘reprinting’ an article that appeared in The Island on the 7th August 2008  with a note indicating that “An editorially-modified version of this article was published in HIMAL circa 2007.”

Modernity took firm root in Sri Lanka under the imperial aegis of Britain. British rule involved a considerable transformation in the political economy of the island, a revolution in the communication system, the administrative unification of the country and the emergence of new class forces of a capitalist variety. English became the administrative language and one saw the development of an indigenous socio-political elite group, referred to locally as “middle class,” whose mode of domination included a facility in English-speak and a particular life style.

  Ajantha Mendis, center, and teammates wait for 3rd umpire’s decision on a leg before the wicket against India’s captain Anil Kumble during fourth day of the second test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle (AP) Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under British colonialism, centre-periphery relations, communal relations, cricket for amity, cultural transmission, ethnicity, heritage, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, life stories, nationalism, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, Sri Lankan cricket, sri lankan society, world events & processes