Defeating the result and the cause of war - Role of the mass movement
Sanjanah | December 7, 2008 at 09:31 amby
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Although under-presented, manipulated and used, masses of Sri Lanka had always acted and would act an important role in solving the social aspect of this conflict. To be direct, a political solution implemented overlooking the masses or without adequate participation of the masses, will not be sustained. This article will be looking at the concept of the ‘civil society’ in Sri Lanka and their attempts to generate a peace constituency in the recent past (during and post peace process 2002-2005). In doing so, it will question the capacity of the civil society in building peace with its limited assets, particularly in terms of persons. It argues that peace building attempts of the civil society as well as those of the politicians should be extended to incorporate the political society represented by the masses if peace attempts to be successful.
An interesting article that looks at civil society writ large in Sri Lanka and the mobilisation of the 'public' for peace / peacebuilding. Read the article in full here.