Endorsement – By Henry S. Subasinghe

Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis - Towards a Resolution

By R. B. Herath


Publishers: Tafford Publishing, Victoria, Canada - ISBN 1-55369-793-6


This book is a frank reflection on the history and politics of Sri Lanka that has produced its current tragic ethnic crisis and separatist war. It is an easy-to-read, concise and up-to-date book that has answers to the burning questions of those committed to finding a lasting solution to the crisis. It exposes many hidden factors that influence the crisis, and ends with a detailed description of a model of secular, democratic governance for Sri Lanka, as a means to end the crisis.


This book is also a timely publication when the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have entered into a cease-fire agreement and are preparing for their next round of peace talks. All previous cease-fires and peace talks have failed, as the warring parties could not agree on a solution to the crisis. The government of Sri Lanka appears to have run out of solutions in the form of a new governing system to place before the LTTE for them to consider as an alternative to their demand for a separate state of Eelam. The model of governance R. B. Herath proposes in this book clearly stands out as a clear alternative. The reader will find that the model, once implemented, would not only end the ethnic crisis, but would also transfer Sri Lanka to one of the best democracies in the world, benefiting all Sri Lankans: Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, and others, alike.


R. B. Herath has done years of research on the crisis before writing this book. He is an expatriate Sri Lankan with lived experience in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. He has authored and published three books on Sri Lanka before. In 1979, he co-founded and led a democratic political party in Sri Lanka by the name of Podujana Party, with a vision of “One Lanka – One Nation, One Nation – One Family.”


This is a book that should be read by all Sri Lankans, living in Sri Lanka and abroad, and, indeed, others around the globe who seek greater insight into ethnic crises in general. I hope that this book will be translated into both the Sri Lankan vernacular languages: Sinhalese and Tamil.


Henry Subasinghe
A leader of the Sri Lankan expatriate community in North America
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Kalutara, Sri Lanka

20 June 2002

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