Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear
Activists / Artists / Open Magazine

Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear

It was 33 years ago, but Chandraguptha Thenuwara still remembers the group of men stopping the bus and clambering on. They had a seemingly bizarre demand, going from passenger to passenger, insisting that he or she say the Sinhalese words for pen and bucket – pǣna, bāldiya. Tamil tongues twisted different around these syllables, making … Continue reading

Rohini Mohan and Sharika Thiranagama: The Seasons of Trouble + In My Mother’s House
Academics / Anthropologists / Journalists / Open Magazine / Writers

Rohini Mohan and Sharika Thiranagama: The Seasons of Trouble + In My Mother’s House

I was only eight years old when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, but I remember the shock on my father’s face as he told me the news. The other night, my friends and I found ourselves swapping stories about the assassination and other moments that loomed large in the minds of Sri Lankans who lived through … Continue reading