By Valli Kanapathipillai
Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka’ examines the lack of citizenship and statelessness of Indian Tamil property employees in Sri Lanka. The lack of citizenship this neighborhood suffered over 60 years in the past maintains to dominate and disrupt their lives, contributing to terrible operating stipulations, impoverishment and common marginalisation. through analysing the context of the formal contract among the Indian and Sri Lankan govt that ended in the lack of citizenship Kanapathipillai unearths the commercial, electoral and ideological matters that stimulated the choice, and introduces gendered notions of citizenship and the organization of the employees into the dialogue of the phenomenon.
‘Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka’ methods the problem from a Sri Lankan viewpoint, thereby bringing a special new voice to scholarship in this topic, which has formerly focussed at the inter-governmental and international coverage implications of the contract. by means of breaking the 'view from above' process, and hearing the 'voices from lower than' of the Indian Tamil employees who've suffered because of the contract, Kanapathipillai effectively reframes the parameters of scholarship in this topic.
‘Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka’ analyses the context of the contract among the Sri Lankan and Indian executive that ended in the lack of citizenship of Indian Tamil property staff in Sri Lanka. Kanapathipillai broadens the point of interest of scholarship during this sector by means of reading the commercial, political and ideological concerns that had a touching on coverage decisions.
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Extra info for Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka: The Case of the Tamil Estate Workers
Representation in a unitary state structure first occurred in 1833 with the establishment of a Legislative Council composed of British and Ceylonese members. The Ceylonese were represented according to their racial and ethnic categorization. Thus, racial or communal representation as established by the colonial authorities was the precursor of the entrenchment of ethnicity in politics. The adoption of communal representation also meant that these members became ethnically identified and divided.
In such an approach, the creation of knowledge is a continual process of engagement and reflection. In keeping with this qualification, the endeavour is to bring in a “view from below” approach, and thereby attempt to break with the mould that has dominated writing on the phenomenon of repatriation so far. 6 As Nada Mounzer (2003, 4) observed, a scientist is guided not only by a set of questions and a theoretical framework, but also by the contextual situation in the native society where one is conducting research.
This was a period of immense immigration. In 1939, however the Indian government banned the movement of workers from India, thus bringing an end to this steady stream of migration. As observed by Kurian (1989, 179) and Bandarage (1983, 219), this led to structural changes in the composition of the estate labor force. It became a more permanent one, which was consolidated with the migration of women and the establishment of families. 9 As observed, like in most plantation economies that employed migrant labor, in Sri Lanka the conditions under which laborers were recruited and employed left much to be desired.
Citizenship and Statelessness in Sri Lanka: The Case of the Tamil Estate Workers by Valli Kanapathipillai