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Caste in Sri lanka and Intervention by the Left
Author Kumari Jayawardena
ISBN 9789553807007
Publisher Sanjiva Books
Pages 46
Size 14.2 x 20.9cm
Weight 120
Our Price Rs. 500.00
The yellow flower of the suriya tree,depicted on the cover,was adopted by early leftists in Sri Lanka to raise money for pressing local needs,which they left should have priority over poppy day collections introduced by the colonial power.Opposition to the caste system was spearheaded by the left movement,and the funds were used to educate a girl from the Rodi caste.This group was not merely the lowest in the Sinhala hierarchy,but was also regarded as something totally apart,to be shunned by the society.The leftists' intervention was frontal attack on the mindset that the Rodi were affected by some inborn characteristic that was immutable,making them forever 'outcasts'. The child,Kamala Ratnaveli, who lived in the home of Dr S. A. and Doreen Wickramasinghe, was sent to English-Medium schools, and later qualified as a nurse and went to Britain.She worked in British hospitals,and stayed on, marrying a West Indian.In Later life she revisited Sri Lanka with Her daughter Melanie who developed a close attachment tp her mother's homeland. This Monograph by Kumari Jayawadena who knew Kamala,places her life in the context of the struggle against caste prejudice.

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