In Conversation with Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda [On Social-Change]

In this conversation, Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda talks about some of the key social changes that have taken place over the years. His focus is particularly on issues pertaining to caste, political parties and the politically-engaged Sangha community. Prof. Uyangoda also speaks about the role of astrology in politics. A little over two-decades ago, in a piece titled ‘Voodoo in Politics’, Prof. Uyangoda had written what sixty years of universal franchise may have produced in Sri Lanka’s political culture was sorcery. Would he say the same about astrology, too?

 

Selected bibliography:

- Jayadeva Uyangoda and Neloufer de Mel (eds.), Reframing Democracy: Perspectives on the Cultures of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Sri Lanka (SSA, 2012)

- Jayadeva Uyangoda (ed.), Religion in Context: Buddhism and Socio-Political Change in Sri Lanka (SSA, 2007)

- Jayadeva Uyangoda (eds.), Matters of Violence: Reflections on Social and Political Violence in Sri Lanka (SSA, 2008)