ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Challenge of Power-Sharing in Sri Lanka

in terms of scholarly practice.
The following chapter also has the author moving back and forth across this divide. Here he provides a valuable historical perspective to the theory of non-party political formations, put forward by Rajni Kothari, D L Sheth, Harsh Sethi, and others. He remarks on the diversity of action groups in the colonial period Gandhian swaraj ashrams, groups for women's uplift, left wing organisation among lower castes and tribals pointing out that these formed an integral pan of the party political process. By contrast, the leadership of action groups in the present most often comes not from party workers, of left, centre or right, but from alienated middle class intellectuals who. in a previous age. would have gravitated more easily to the Congress or the communists.

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