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Why are relations between politically mobilised ethnic identities and the nation-state sometimes peaceful and at other times fraught and violent? Madurika Rasaratnam's book sets out a novel answer to this key puzzle in world politics through a detailed comparative study of the starkly divergent trajectories of the 'Tamil question' in India and Sri Lanka from the colonial era to the present day. Whilst Tamil and national identities have peaceably harmonised in India, in Sri Lanka these have come into escalating and violent contradiction, leading to three decades of armed conflict and simmering antagonism since the war's brutal end in 2009. Tracing these differing outcomes to distinct and contingent patterns of political contestation and mobilisation in the two states, Rasaratnam shows how, whilst emerging from comparable conditions and similar historical experiences, these have produced very different interactions between evolving Tamil and national identities, constituting in India a nation-state inclusive of the Tamils, and in Sri Lanka a hierarchical Sinhala-Buddhist national and state order hostile to Tamils' political claims. Locating these dynamics within changing international contexts, she also shows how these once largely separate patterns of national-Tamil politics, and Tamil diaspora mobilisation, are increasingly interwoven in the post-war internationalisation of Sri Lanka's ethnic crisis.

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Madurika Rasaratnam is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London.

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"This historical-comparative analysis of Tamil ethnonationalist identity in India and Sri Lanka helps us understand how political institutions shape behavior and the complex relationships among political mobilization, political institutions, and political accommodation and violence." -- CHOICE


"Tamils and the Nation is a historically informed, analytically rich, and politically engaged account of how Sri Lanka failed to accommodate its Tamil minority. Given the analogous processes that played out in both Sri Lanka and India, Madurika Rasaratnam's comparative study of the two post-colonial states in relation to Tamil ethnicity offers salutary lessons." -- A.R. Venkatachalapathy, Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies


"Tamil ethnic identity in Sri Lanka and South India have evolved in dramatically different ways over the decades. This is the first book to fully examine the divergent histories, cultures, and conflicts that have affected the development of Tamil national identity in India and Sri Lanka. An important contribution, and required reading." -- Amarnath Amarasingam, author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada


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