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Tamils and the Nation: India and Sri Lanka Compared

Madurika Rasaratnam


Why are relations between politically mobilized ethnic identities and the nation-state sometimes peaceful and at other times fraught and violent? This book sets out a novel answer to this key puzzle in world politics through a detailed comparative study of the starkly divergent trajectories of the “Tamil question” in India and Sri Lanka from the colonial era to the present day. Whilst Tamil and national identities have peaceably harmonized in India, in Sri Lanka these have come into escalating and violent contradiction, leading to three decades of armed conflict and simmering antagonism since ... More

Keywords: Ethnicity, Nationalism, Nation-state, India, Sri Lanka, Tamil, Sinhala Buddhist, Civil war, Ethnic conflict, National identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190498320
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madurika Rasaratnam, author
University of London