Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada …. As a product of Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series) Paperback – September 15, 2015
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Charles Sarvan’s recent essay in Colombo Telegraph “On ‘Reading’ A Picture” presents reflections with a dispassionate air that conveys an impression of philosophical weight above the tumult of a propaganda war in which all of us are willy-nilly involved. He distances himself at the outset from the identities of the victors in the picture as Sinhalese and the vanquished as Tamil by terming that differentiation “accidental”. But, in concentrating on the horrendous assaults on women perpetrated by men, he proceeds to a presentation of the contemporary Tamil litany about the horrendous acts inflicted on the Tamils in the last stages of Eelam War IV. He does this without any historical, political and cartographic contextualization of the events that unfolded from mid-2006 to May 2009.
This article in a web site in 2016 reveals the mix of dissimulation. half-truths, truths and lies amongst well-meaning, but gullible British do-gooders and reporters that are perpetrated by some members of the diaspora including new British-born generations who have absorbed a variety of tales, inclusive of half-truths and concoctions, related by their parents (all this apart from but not unrelated to active LTTE network activity throughout UK and Europe) … Michael Roberts
Flora Hastings, “Defunding the Diaspora: Sri Lankan Tamil Communities at the Forefront of Government Cuts,” https://novaramedia.com/2016/11/06/defunding-the-diaspora-londons-sri-lankan-tamils-at-the-forefront-of-government-cuts/
The end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, and the ongoing oppression of the Tamil community by the Sri Lankan government should make it harder for the UK to ignore the needs of London’s Sri Lankan refugees and incoming asylum seekers. But community spaces that support London’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora are struggling in the face of ongoing cuts to local governments.
“I want to show you a cemetery”. This was an unexpected endnote to an interview about teaching the Tamil language in the borough of Newham. Lashani pushes open the door of a disused room, three flights up. Light enters from a window yawning over a communal space, encased by a block of houses. Our viewpoint is through the back of the London Tamil Sangam of which Lashani is the head teacher. Continue reading