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If the past was the happy country of our memory the LTTE would not have come into being

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…for a myth does not analyse or solve problems. It represents them as already analysed and solved…” -Edward Said (Orientalism)

In the collective memory of the Sinhala South, the past was a happy country, a place where all Lankans lived in amity and harmony. Vellupillai Pirapaharan spoilt it all by igniting a war out of nothing.

S.W.R.D Bandaranaike At a mass rally during the General election campaign – 1956-pic courtesy of: S.W.R.D Bandaranaike Museum

Three years after the victorious ending of the Eelam War, Sri Lanka is busy returning to that mythical past. The lessons a people learn from history depends on the history they remember and believe in.
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