The forgotten lives of migrants in in the skin of a lion a novel by michael ondaatje

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The forgotten lives of migrants in in the skin of a lion a novel by michael ondaatje

In that respect historians and in some measure other social scientists inherited a colonial approach which insisted on the specificity of Ceylon. On the other hand, historians of the Indian subcontinent have hardly paid any attention to the island, implicitly recognizing its separatedness, or possibly considering it as an minor appendix unworthy of study.

It is significant that when the Economic and Political Weekly Febr 17,pp. Before revisiting and revising for the conference some of the arguments developed in that paper, I thought it useful to briefly review a few well known general histories of both countries, and to explore the reasons behind these enduring representations.

The standard History of India originally published under the British raj by V. Smith Oxford,regularly reprinted and revised afterwards, is quite explicit on the matter: Smith actually uses Ceylon historical data to discuss the chronology of ancient India one of his major concernsand for the rest treats the island as a foreign country visited by Mahinda, Fa Xian, Indian, Greco-Roman, and later Portuguese traders, and occasionnally invaded by South Indian armies; there is not a single mention of Ceylon after the 16th century, not even of its annexation first by the East India Company, then by the British Crown.

Majumdar An advanced history of India, with subsequent revised editions. In the other allusions to the island starting with the Ramayana mythSri Lanka is always represented as a far off country. And it disappears after the 17th century.

In volume 2 of the same history by Percival Spear, Ceylon is practically absent: The long standing Indian representation of Sri Lanka as a very distant country has certainly been fostered by the Ramayana myths, by the negative image of the sea-to-cross in the brahminical views even in the Mahavamsa myths travel by air was preferred…and by the northern origins of all these cultural traditions, including Buddhism.

The forgotten lives of migrants in in the skin of a lion a novel by michael ondaatje

Other well known interconnected factors must have been at work, such as the fact that cultural links with North India vanished after Buddhism disappeared from Bengal, and that the empires centered in the Ganges valley, the Panjab or northern Deccan never extended to Sri Lanka.

It was generally left to outsiders from the West, Al Biruni XIth century being among the first and most brilliant: The Southern part of the peninsula was seen as the locus of culture rather than history. When the British established their raj first in Bengal and afterwards in the rest of India, they upheld that tradition for intellectual as well as practical reasons: On the other side, utilitarians such as James Mill were mainly interested in studying the predecessors of the British with a view to legitimise the new raj as the triumph of civilisation over barbarism.

They complained of the lack of historical material for their reconstruction, attributing it to the mythical mentality of the Indians which they condemned as primitive.

They adopted a periodisation which overstressed the advent of Islam and the British take over, and a geo-strategical approach which focussed on the North-west frontier and secondarily on the Indian Ocean, leaving the South of India and South East Asia as dark corners to be studied by locals and in the case of Ceylon, to be administered by the Colonial Office.

Contrary to Indian Brahmins, Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka were always as keen to preserve written records as their Chinese, Tibetan, Siamese and Burmese brothers, for a variety of reasons among which uncertainty about the survival of the Sangha is commonly stressed.

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There was a wealth of documents, contrasting with the dearth of evidence as regards India which historians had to cope with. The western production of knowledge about Buddhism and its history therefore adopted a multicentric view which may have reinforced the distinctiveness between India and Sri Lanka.

When Indian historians such as R. But as yet the outlook with a few exceptions remains indo-centric and turned inwards, as if an interest in comparative history could be interpreted as an interference with the affairs of an independent state.

If we now turn to the historians of Sri Lanka, the picture is apparently quite different: They tend to historicise it by admitting close contacts in earlier periods and denying them in later times. An exception to that tendency is found in the works of G.

Mendis had a fair knowledge of Indian historiography and Indian historians, as well as a deep interest in the first fifty years of British rule in the island.

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He nicely delineates the slow and progressive de-linkage of Sri Lanka from India: According to him it is paradoxically when both Sri Lanka and India were under the British rule that the gulf widened between them, notably as the result of the so-called Colebrooke-Cameron reforms After Mendis, the emphasis is put on growing specificity rather than on enduring similarity.

Paranavitanapartly reprinted indevotes extensive developments to the religious and political history of India, but in juxtaposition to rather than in combination with the history of the island: Majumdar and Nilakanta Sastri are not familiar with Sri Lanka.

In that work and in its shorter version C. In the index the 46 entries on Goa contrast with 17 entries on Tanjore, a single entry on Madurai, the absence of Vijayanagar and only 2 entries on the Mughal Empire. In his own History of Sri LankaK.Marley is ill, “the mattress has sucked two pounds of water from your skin”.

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