Jump to navigation. The beginnings of a holistic strategy that aimed at using ICT to impact all sectors of Sri Lanka can be traced to the opening up of the economy to market forces in With the private sector given a lead role in development and a nascent software industry starting to emerge, a National Computer Policy was developed in by the Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority of Sri Lanka. There were no major policy changes from to although several draft policies that focused on the development of the software industry, based on the Indian model, were produced. Progress was slow during this time as the country plunged into political turmoil.
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As paralysis gripped the political system and grievances spilled out onto the streets, the turmoil renewed fears over the fragile peace that has held since the end of civil war in Many commentators, including Asanga Welikala and R. The identities of Tamil youths, and former rebel territories in the North and East were securitised as ever-present threat requiring constant vigilance Satkunanathan , with little concern for the abiding sense of alienation which prevailed in the region among minority groups.
So, we are thinking…it will create another war in the Northern Province. Without devising a strategy capable of bringing communities together around a shared vision of the future, the opportunity was missed to build a fair and equitable post-war political consensus. This business-for-peace agenda, first set in motion under Rajapaksa, has continued with little concern for the adverse socio-ecological consequences, and under philanthropic pretences, a resurgent Asian capitalism is now pursued with renewed vigour Widger Indeed, the move to install Rajapaksa was met with alarm by minority communities and civil society groups.
Optimists claim that progress has been made in healing the wounds inflicted on Sinhala-Tamil-Muslim relations, in part due to the investment channelled into roads for the Northern Province. In reality, our research suggests that, rather than facilitating rehabilitation and recovery, these new infrastructures mirror pre-existing political fault lines and entrench the privileged position of the military in Sri Lankan society.
In the absence of an honest conversation about the human rights violations and crimes inflicted on civilians during the war, such shifts do little to avail persistent Tamil and Muslim sentiments of political marginalisation, aggravating social fractures and re-constituting the hegemony of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism.
De Mel, N. London: Sage Publications. Hyndman, J. Satkunanathan, A. Venugopal, R. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Widger, T. V Kajotha is a freelance researcher and translator based in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Loritta Chan is a PhD student at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh where she is looking at education for waster picker children in an urbanizing India. Kanchana N. Image Credit: Kanchana N. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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