Sri Lanka: The Untold Story

The following are links to a series of articles published by Asia Times On Line.

Authored by K.T. Rajasingham, it is essentially a synopsis on the post colonial history of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The first chapter explains the ancient history of the island as a thread to the current conflict. The ensuing chapters are descriptive of the colonial and post-colonial history.

Interesting reading...


Chapter 1: The first teardrops

Chapter 2: Beginning of British Rule

Chapter 3: Muslim riots and communal rumblings

Chapter 4: The Ceylon National Congress and its intrigues

Chapter 5: Political polarization on communal lines

Chapter 6: Donoughmore - Tamils no more

Chapter 7: State Councils - elections and boycotts

Chapter 8: Pan Sinhalese board of ministers - A Sinhalese ploy

Chapter 9: British Concordance and concoctions

Chapter 10: Lord Soulbury and his soulless report

Chapter 11: On the threshold of freedom

Chapter 12: Tryst with independence

Chapter 13: A nightmarish British legacy

Chapter 14: Post colonial realignment of political forces

Chapter 15: Turbulence in any language

Chapter 16: ‘Honorable wounds of war’

Chapter 17: Assassination of Bandaranaike

Chapter 18: Srimavo - weeping arrogance

Chapter 19: Anguish and pain

Chapter 20: Tamil leadership lacks perspicuity

Chapter 21: A further lack of perspicuity

Chapter 22: ‘Only God Can Save the Tamils’

Chapter 23: Srimavo's constitutional promiscuity

Chapter 24: Tamil militancy - a manifestation

Chapter 25: War or peace?

Chapter 26: When conflict turns to terror

Chapter 27:  Horsewhip Amirthalingham

Chapter 28: Prelude to eruption

Chapter 29: Prisoners massacred

Chapter 30: Whirlpool of violence

Chapter 31: Indira Gandhi - a casualty of terror

Chapter 32: Limbo between war and peace

Chapter 33: India shows its hand

Chapter 34: Accord and its ramifications

Chapter 35: Accord turns to discord

Chapter 36: Indians rule the roost

Chapter 37: Talking peace

Chapter 38: Badgering for Indian withdrawal

Chapter 39: Amirthalingham eliminated

Chapter 40: Rohana Wijeweera's killing - still a mystery

Chapter 41: Confusion as Indians withdraw

Chapter 42: Unilateral declaration of Eelam

Chapter 43: Aftermath of the Indian withdrawal

Chapter 44: Eelam war - again

Chapter 45: War continues with brutality

Chapter 46: Rajiv Gandhi's assassination

Subsequent chapters are most easily accessed by entering the author's name, K. T. Rajasingham, in the Asia Times' search engine.

Chapter 47: Questions over Gandhi's killing

Chapter 48: Gandhi's murder: Widespread fallout

Chapter 49: No confidence in the President

Chapter 50: Death of a military hero

Chapter 51: Commission fails to contact the LTTE

Chapter 52: President blamed for assassinations

Chapter 53: The Kilaly massacre

Chapter 54: More peace talks

Chapter 55: Assassination of Athulathmudali

Chapter 56: The execution of Mahattaya

Chapter 57: Kittu, the LTTE legend

Chapter 58: Premadasa indicted

Chapter 59: Queries over Premadasa's slaying