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Ravindra Ranasinha Ravindra Ranasinha: Ravindra Ranasinha is a dramatist, journalist, sociologist, educationist and a social worker from Sri Lanka. He writes profusely on the Fascist developments in his country. He focuses on the devastating Fascist attacks against the multi-religious and multi-ethnic social structure in Sri Lanka. His several essays clearly indicate how the media is responsible for shaping the mindset of the people in the current Sri Lankan political scenario.

Ravindra's thinking is highly influenced by the Frankfurt School, and especially by the writings of Walter Benjamin. His special interest on Neo-Marxism is reflected through his Sinhala translations of Walter Benjamin's lectures 'Author as Producer' and 'Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'.

Ravindra Ranasinha, as a veteran in the field of drama has done in-depth research towards drama's therapeutic strength to heal the psychologically and emotionally wounded people. His research study enabled him to introduce dramatherapy to Sri Lanka as a viable creative healing process. His book 'Dramatherapy in Sri Lanka' elaborates this amazing strength of drama to promote psychological, emotional and social well-being.

Ravindra has recently published a book on the lacunas in the Sri Lankan educational system — which he marks with a Grade F. In this new book, 'How Schools Abuse and Fail Children: Dramatherapy to Heal Emotionally Traumatized School Children in Sri Lanka', every aspect from physical to sexual and emotional abuse, to romantic adolescent crushes and suicides, mental health, home violence and broken families is dealt with comprehensively. This book is well compiled with arduous research and fortified with several case studies that clearly sound out the dangerous psychological perspectives of such enforced trauma.

Ravindra lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka and works as a social activist for 'Friends of Tibet' and Design & People. He is also an Advisor to 'Centre for Social and Political Art' (CSPA), India.

Contact Address: Ravindra Ranasinha, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94.719839507 Fax: +91.11.47615142


LLRC, Tamils and Comedy of Errors LLRC, Tamils and Comedy of Errors: In this article Ravindra Ranasinha analyses the distorted history of Commissions like Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that were appointed by different governments of Sri Lanka to investigate into human rights violations and the lack of credibility of the findings of such Commissions.

Silent Majority: The Sri Lankan Catastrophe Silent Majority: The Sri Lankan Catastrophe: In this paper, Ravindra Ranasinha of Design & People explores how the present regime in Sri Lanka utilises its ideological labels and the regime's machinery to gag Sri Lankan citizens and the sorrowful transformation undergone by the populace, turning them into silent spectators, by their own choice.

Nation Building of Rajapaksa: Rhetoric of a Power-Project Nation Building of Rajapaksa: Rhetoric of a Power-Project: In this note, Ravindra Ranasinha tries to sum up the total impact of Rajapakse regime's power-project as an 'image building' effort which is proven through so-called 'developmental' plans. The efforts to attract the eye of Westerners has become an primary function of the regime to ensure that funding becomes possible for their construction plan.

The Forward March of Mahinda by Ravindra Ranasinha The Forward March of Mahinda: Sri Lankan journalist and educationist Ravindra Ranasinha writes about what is really going on in Sri Lanka after the LTTE rebels were wiped out from the island with the power of the gun and how the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajpakse is battling numerous legal charges leveled against his regime by the Tamil Diaspora.

Mapping Creative Resistance of Tamils in Sri Lanka - by Ravindra Ranasinha Sri Lanka: A State Minus Information: Ravindra Ranasinha investigates how the citizen is barred of right to information and the dictatorial practices of those who are in governance stifling the free flow of information through ruthless action against the media. The deterioration of democracy in Sri Lanka brings out the fact that State has determined to exist only with its own ideology.

Mapping Creative Resistance of Tamils in Sri Lanka - by Ravindra Ranasinha Mapping Creative Resistance of Tamils in Sri Lanka: Ravindra Ranasinha maps how journalism, creative writing, drama and painting survived among Tamils during the civil war and further elaborates the vitality of the creative resistance of Tamil artist as a source of inspiration for the population to endure hardships. He explores on how the Tamil identity was created through arts.

The Invisible Hands Of Sri Lanka - by Ravindra Ranasinha The Invisible Hands Of Sri Lanka: Ravindra Ranasinha discusses the growth of totalitarianism in Sri Lanka through propaganda machines which has kept the population silent and infringed the right to information and the contribution of China in the acceleration of war and the Chinese strategic intervention in making Sri Lanka another Georgia.

Politicising Citizen Thinking in Sri Lanka - by Ravindra Ranasinha Politicising Citizen Thinking in Sri Lanka: Ravindra Ranasinha examines how the thinking patterns of a country functions in the political maneuvering of citizen's thinking. This investigation could be considered as an introduction to a deep study on the prevailing 'silence' in Sri Lanka. This new thinking will open doors for anyone who wishes to explore cultural politics of the world.

The Plural Society in Modern Sri Lanka - by Ravindra Ranasinha The Plural Society in Modern Sri Lanka: Veteran Sri Lankan theatre activist Ravindra Ranasinha focuses on the pluralism that is evident in the Sri Lankan society proves of an untapped resource with immense potentiality. If properly understood by the politicians, this multiculturalism could be made a focal point in bringing peace and harmony to the much damaged country due to a prolonged ethnic conflict.

Multi-Culturalism or Mono-Culture: A Quest in Sri Lanka - by Ravindra Ranasinha Multi-Culturalism or Mono-Culture: A Quest in Sri Lanka: Ravindra Ranasinha looks at the plurality of the Sri Lankan society and shares the view that conflict in the island would end up with crushing of the LTTE, thus expecting the rise of a dominant mono-culture of the Sinhala community. And on May 19, 2009, Sri Lankan government declared the end of the civil war with the killing of the LTTE Supremo.


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