Politics of archaeology: The case of Sri Lanka

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This interesting article from The Times underscores the politics of archaeology in Sri Lanka and the conflict between the ethnic Tamil minority and Sinhalese majority in the country. One complaint from the ethnic Tamil minority is the emphasis on finding and discovering Buddhist sites associated with the Sinhalese to bolster the claim of a Sinhalese homeland, as well as the marginalisation of minority archaeologists and Hindu sites to weaken claims against a Tamil homeland.

Archaeology sparks new conflict between Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese

The Times, 06 April 2010
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Public Lecture: Early Indian Influence in Southeast Asia

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Early Indian Influence in Southeast Asia: References on Southeast Asia in ancient Tamil literature

Date/Time: Saturday Apr 26, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Level 5 – Possibility in National Library
Language: Tamil

Dr S.P. Thinnappan, from South Asian Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS,will talk on the early references about Southeast Asia made in ancient Tamil literature, such as Silappathikaaram and Pattinapaalai.