Veteran Sri Lankan journalist Qadri Ismail waives goodbye

Veteran Sri Lankan journalist and author of the new Galle Fort Cookery book, Professor Qadri Ismail passed away at the age of 60 in the US.

He was the son of the late Proctor Shakir Ismail and Fazeera Ismail.

Mr. Ismail was an associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, USA, and was a journalist in Sri Lanka. He is well known for his independent reporting, he also covered the ethnic war in Sri Lanka before he moves to the states.

Mr. Ismail’s areas of expertise were cultural studies, postcolonial literature, literary theory, gender/sexuality, historiography, democracy, human rights, the enlightenment, the British 19th century, and cricket.

 “ Very saddened to hear about the passing of Prof. Qadri Ismail.  His work on nationalism and literature has always inspired me. I also admire Qadri Ismail for his forthright critique of Tamil nationalism. He courageously exposed the majoritarianism and intolerance that resides at the heart of Tamil nationalism in an academic context where Left-leaning academics sometimes hesitate to call into question the exclusions that notions like self-determination and ethnic homelands produce. Such a great loss. I am sure his work will continue to make us reflect critically upon concepts, frameworks, and paradigms that have been upheld in a fallacious manner as avenues for liberation,” the late Mr. Ismail’s friend Mahendran Thiruvarngan said after hearing about his friend’s passing.