Simply: hurray. Jim kept up with the controversy pretty well on his blog, so if you want to see the twists and turns it took, I advise reading him. Actually, I advise reading him generally. He writes about topics dear to me, including the moral complexity of nationhood/violence/ terrorism (The Wild Colonial Boy) and the machinations of academia (Publish and Perish; The Lecturer’s Tale). We also have virtually identical taste in films and television, so I enjoy his cultural criticism. Quite often he recommends something that I enjoy enormously.
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I chatted with Sree Sreenivasan, one of the founders of SAJA, for SAJA Radio this morning. We talked about my plans as SAJA VP, my forthcoming novel, my journalism career and its connection to my literary life, and how the media covers Sri Lanka. Listen here. You can also listen to chats with the new secretary, Anusha Srivastava, or the new president, Sandeep Junnarkar.
I’m moderating an event at the Asia Society next week. We’ll be talking about the current situation in Sri Lanka, sixty years after the departure of the British.
Check it out and—and buy tickets! Asia Society events often sell out—here.
I am the new vice president of SAJA, and also the chair of its annual convention!
I thought that I should not let the formal end of the ceasefire agreement in Sri Lanka pass unmentioned. The CFA, which has been only a formality for the past couple of years anyway, concluded about a week ago. Thus, the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government return to open war. Not to mention all the other unnamed factions running around out there.
Every day, I get a Google alert for Sri Lanka, and another for Jaffna. For the past several days, the alerts have contained news of some 30 dead. It’s a low enough number to miss international headlines, but a high enough number that if it continues at this rate… it will add significantly to the thousands already listed as war casualties.
That BBC link also says, “Japan is a major donor to Sri Lanka and has hinted it might reconsider its aid package, warning of the dire humanitarian consequences of an intensified war.” I hope that other countries will follow Japan’s example of reconsidering aid, in light of the situation.
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