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Please contact our Resource Centre on library@cepa.lk or 0112 676 955, or visit http://www.povertyportal.lk/index.php/en/component/library/?Itemid=135 for more information.
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Published by Duke University Press 
, London, 2008.This book is a research based on cultural phenomena and a historicalstudy of Hindu castes, matrilineal family structure, well known religioustraditions and ethnic conflict. It is the first ethnographic study in the Eastcoast of Sri Lanka which suffered greatly after the tsunami in 2004.
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 argues that Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamil Hindus and Muslims have theright to share this land equally as each ethnic group is a significant share of the Sri Lankanpopulation.
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By K. Sivasubramaniam. Published by Kumaran Book House 
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Poor economics by
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