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Unruly Rememberings

Vindhya Buthpitiya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is either chance or upshot that the Sri Lankan State’s National Identity Card Project came at the heels on the nation’s first (unsuccessful) armed revolt instrumented by the Marxist-Leninist inspired Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (People’s Liberation Front) led by Rohana Wijeweera against the government helmed by Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Uncannily the 5th of April 1971 marked not only the beginning of the 1971 JVP insurrection that was violently quelled by the state over the ensuing months, but an expansion to the 1968 Registration of Persons Act to cover the issuance and use of National Identity Cards (NICs) to legal residents over the age of 18. In the year that followed, the island would further assert its independence as a modern state, shedding its dominion status and colonial name of Ceylon in favour of ‘Sri Lanka’.

 

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