Victim of an Uncivilized Act - Jaffna Public Library
My Childhood Memory
Jaffna Public Library is situated in the town of Jaffna the Capital of Nothern Province of Sri Lanka. This was the place which introduced to me non-textbook knowledge from variety of fields. In late 70s it was one of my favourite place. One early morning in 1980 this building was burnt down with its very valuable books and manuscripts. After more than two decades, this building had been rebuilt based on the same design as the previous building. The original building was designed by an Indian Architect from Chennai (then Madras). After long time I visited this place in 2004. The building had been rebuilt, but we cannot get all those valuable books (about 100,000) back.
- History of Jaffna Public Library
It was on the night of June 1, 1981 that the Jaffna Public Library with its priceless collection of books and some rare manuscripts was turned to ashes. Half a century of toil and dedication by several individuals and institutions that built up the r
- Destruction Of Jaffna Public Library
The Movement for Inter-racial Justice and Equality sent a delegation to Jaffna to investigate the June occurrences. The delegation’s report, in referring to the arson of the Public Library, stated, ‘If the Delegation were asked which act of destructi
- Destroying a Symbol: Checkered History of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Public Library
In Sri Lanka, the destruction of the Jaffna Public Library, the Tamil minority’s primary cultural institution, led to full-scale civil war. The shattered library served and still serves as a symbol of violation and ethnic violence.
- Burning Books - By Kevin Sites, Mon Jun 12
Like much of northern Sri Lanka, the world-renowned Jaffna Library was destroyed by ethnic conflict. Though it has been rebuilt, what was inside was lost forever.
- India's Support for Resurgence of Jaffna Pubblic Library
Carrying on with its support to Jaffna public library, the most known cultural landmark in northern Sri Lanka, India on 14th of June 2007 handed over a consignment of books worth eight lakh Sri Lankan Rupees. India's gift contained more than 3300 boo
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