|Photo: Pratham Books|
Publishing in English in Sri Lanka is a relatively new phenomenon. For much of the past and even today, most publishers were printers who became occasional publishers and then booksellers. Dominant names such as Lake House and M D Gunasena produced both Sinhala- and English-language books, and had their own printing presses and sales outlets. The 1956 Language Act made Sinhala the country’s official language, effectively sounding the death knell of English as a spoken, written and read language. The subsequent steady decline in readership naturally made it unprofitable for the few existing publishing houses to invest in producing novels, memoirs or poetry in English, and their focus gradually shifted towards dictionaries, educational material and school textbooks.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
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