This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War
Sri Lanka's long lasting civil war came to a denouement in 2009, but recent violence between religious communities threatens to undo the country's fragile peace. With much attention fixated on the tactical objectives of war, the human reality of the conflict escapes the limelight. What are the implications of the civil war on marginalized communities outside of major metropolitan areas? How have the geography and landscape of the country changed after decades of intense conflict? Join us in a reading and talk around award winning author Samanth Subramanian's new book This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War, an intense and extraordinary account of contemporary Sri Lanka emerging from war, followed by a conversation with journalist Suhasini Haider.
Samanth Subramanian is a New Delhi–based journalist. He has written for the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Caravan, and Mint. His first book, Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast, won the 2010 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in India and was shortlisted for the 2013 André Simon Award in the United Kingdom
Suhasini Haidar is the Diplomatic Editor of The Hindu. She has covered foreign affairs for more than 20 years as a correspondent for CNN International's South Asia Bureau and then as Foreign Editor for the CNN-IBN TV Network.