NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "The Easter Attacks: Understanding Sri Lanka's return to violence" by Ms. Aparupa Bhattacherjee, 4.00 PM

Friday, July 12, 2019



Topic:              “The Easter Attacks: Understanding Sri Lanka's return to violence”


Speaker:          Aparupa Bhattacherjee

                        Ph.D. Scholar, NIAS



Chairperson:     Rajaram Nagappa

                        Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Program, NIAS



Date:               17th July 2019


Time:               4.00 PM


Venue:             Conference Hall-II, NIAS




Abstract: Many believed that after the end of Eelam War in 2009, the conflict had come to an end in Sri Lanka.  The recent attacks in Sri Lanka on the Easter Sunday has refuted this belief. The ethnoreligious faultline that existed before the end of Eelam War seems to have expanded. The existing faultlines have further widened after the Easter attacks, now evident by the recent riots in Sri Lanka. These rifts are among the several other factors that have culminated to the rise of violence and the terror attack post-2009. The Easter attack's perpetrators' backgrounds imply a rise of a new dimension of the conflict. The discussion will look at different causes, implications, along with the social and political fallout of this terror attacks.


About the speaker: Ms. Aparupa Bhattacharjee is currently pursuing her PhD at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Her current research is focused on religion in contemporary nation-building in South and Southeast Asia. Previously, she has worked primarily on Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia, in particular, politics, conflicts and peace processes relating to Myanmar, with a special attention on the Rohingya conflict.


Conference Hall II