International McCarthyism

The Case of Rhoda Miller De Silva



The Case of Rhoda Miller De Silva

In 1954 Rhoda Miller de Silva was labeled as a subversive and deported from Sri Lanka (Ceylon). A journalist born in New York state who had already published books on post-war Poland and the Rosenberg case, Rhoda, with the assistance of friends in New York would successfully challenge the Unites States-inspired deportation and return to Sri Lanka. There she became noted for her hard-hitting weekly column in the Ceylon Daily News on current affairs. This book contains forty of these articles, as well as excerpts from several of her books. It also contains an examination of her ‘life and times,’ a story that weaves in and out of the US during the New Deal and Cold War, the Russia of her Jewish immigrant parents (and those of her first cousin, writer and activist Howard Fast), and Sri Lanka in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

Judy Waters Pasqualge received a bachelor’s degree from the School for International Training, Vermont, and a master’s in political science from the University of Hawaii, under an East-West Center grant. She has worked as a copy editor, grants writer, legislative coordinator, organizer, researcher and writer. She currently lives in Colombo.