MARGA Institute presents itself

MARGA has refurbished its web site at…. OR And several useful reviews of events and literature are now available for downloading as pdf via drop box pathways. Listed below are incisive documents on the last stages of Eelam War IV and its turbulent aftermath. One must go teach title and click on the links.


                                       TRUTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Position paper on UNHCR and Sri Lankadownload
  • Highlights of Marga Seminar on Accountabilitydownload

 mARGA -TRIBUTE TO GAMANI COREA   Seminar intribute to Gamani Corea                 


Marga Publications include the research work of the Institute, the Marga journal and the Translation Programme. These could be purchased from the Marga bookshop (Publication Division) or at  leading  bookstores  in  and  around the City of Colombo.

Translation programme

The translation programme which led to Marga publications was complementary to the main focus of the Institute’s work. It met a felt need in the field of higher learning in Sri Lanka.

The programme was preceded by a survey of the Sinhala reading public which helped to identify the gaps particularly in the field of social sciences. The objective was to translate approximately 100 books into the Sinhala language and by so doing provide the Sinhala educated intelligentsia with a substantial body of writing in the social sciences. These writings were selected from the works of eminent experts and thinkers in the relevant disciplines and represented different schools of thought. The authors included Myrdal, Baur, Sweezey, Baran, Wriggins, Rostow, Prebisch, Heilbroner, Kindleberger, Worsely, Almond and Coleman among many others. The programme also included a few well-known modern creative works such as Camus’s “Plague”, Silone’s “Fontemara”, Solzenitsyn’s “One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch”, Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, Lederer’s  “The Ugly American”. A few of the Marga publications have been translated into Tamil.

The Institute’s objective has been to provide reading material in both Sinhala and Tamil, in keeping with its vision of a multi-ethnic society.

World Bank Publications

In July 2010 the Marga Institute was appointed by The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development as a “Distributor” of selected Bank information products and services. Any World Bank Publication could be ordered through the Marga Institute at 50% discount on the US$ price.

Publications of the Marga Institute as at June 2011

  • Overview of the Local Government System: Towards Participatory Democracy in Sri Lankan Society – price Rs.200.00
  • Potency, Power and People in Groups, by Dr. Michael Roberts – price Rs.800.00
  •  Sinhala Translation of The Law Governing Public Administration in Sri Lanka, by Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya – price Rs.1250.00


Introducing Democracy: 80 Questions & Answers, by David Beetham & Kevin Boyle – price Rs.500.00

Marga Publications Available for Sale 

     History of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka .. a booklet series produced between 2001 and 2004

  1. Tamil and Muslim identities in the east – Dennis B. McGilvray (No.24 of 30)
  2. Globalisation and conflict –Rohan Bastin (No.23 of 30)
  3. Militants, Militarism and the crisis of (Tamil) nationalism S. Sumathi ( No.22 of 30)
  4. Stage Managing the Decor: Gender, ethnicity and conflict-Radhika Coomaraswamy (No.11 of 30)
  5. The Sri Lankan ethnic crisis – A Tamil perspective –Karthigesu Sivathamby (No.25 of 30)
  6. The Sri Lankan theatre in the past two decades-Ranjini Obeyesekere (No.26 of 30)
  7. International dimension of the Sri Lankan Conflict: threat and response- Dr. Rohan Gunaratna  (No.27 of 30)
  8. The role of the Sangha in the reconciliation process- C.R. de Silva and T. Bartholomeusz (No.16 of 19)
  9. Beyond the talks : Towards transformative peace in Sri Lanka – Jayadeva Uyangoda (No. 13 of 30)
  10. Primordialist strands in contemporary Sinhala nationalism in Sri Lanka: Urumaya as Ur –Michael Roberts (No.20 of 30)
  11. The sixth genre: Memory, history and the Tamil Diaspora imagination – R.Cheran (No.7 0f 19)
  12. Identity on the Borderline : Multicultural History in a moment of danger- Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake (No. 12 of 19)
  13. The role of the Churches in the Ethnic Conflict –Neville Jayaweera(No.17 of 19)

Marga Journal

The Marga Journal pre-dates the Institute by approximately one year. The founders of the Institute first came together to publish the Marga Quarterly Journal.

The Marga Journal is brought out twice a year by the Institute. Each issue is devoted to a specific subject. Omnibus volumes carry the edited versions of the main presentations at Marga Seminars as well as commissioned articles. There are approximately 10,000 backcopies and 100 journals covering a wide range of development issues over a period of 35 years. Many of the articles are authored by scholars and professionals invloved in the process of planning and policy making and provide valuable insights into the evolution of development processes and policies in Sri Lanka. Several issues of the Journals are now available in electronic form. To obtain electronic copies of selected articles or for more information on the contents of the past journals please contact the Librarian.

The Institute operates an Exchange Programme with other Research Institutes and Universities. The Institute has reorganized the publication of the Marga Journal and the first two volumes of the new series which are titled:- “Peace and Reconciliation” and “Burden of Disease and Equity” are available now. The forthcoming issue is “Youth Risk Behavior and Health in Conflict Situation.”

Recent Publications

  • A History of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka Recollection Reinterpretation and Reconciliation (25  monographs)
  • A System Under Siege? An inquiry into the Judicial System of Sri Lanka. A Social Image of the Judicial System of Sri Lanka
  • Marga Journal – Burden of Disease and Equity (April 2006)

Forthcoming Publications

  • The Right to Development – A Sri Lanka Perspective
  • Paths to Development – The story of the Marga Institute
  • The Right to Education, Food and Nutrition, Health in Sri Lanka
  • Economics of Pension and Social Security in South Asia – Sri Lanka Country Study
  • Care for the Aged:- Institutional Provisions and Social Security

For further information please contact

Mr. Saman Amarasinghe, Publications  Officer Marga Institute, No. 941/1, Jayanthi Mawatha, Kotte Road, Ethul Kotte. Tel : 0094 011 2888790,0094 011 2888791 Fax: 0094 011 2888794 E-mail: 

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Marga/CHA to Sandra Beidas: ‘Remove war crime charges, revisit IHL ……….www.sundaytimes.lk500 × 650Search by image

AGODFREY 22 reading of selected poems from Deshamanya Godfrey Gunatilleke’s book ‘Time’s Confluence and other poems’ was held at the Marga Institute auditorium …

* Padraig Colman, who has his own web site at, speaks at a Marga Seminar

padraig colman

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