Monday, May 18, 2009

A starting point for everything you always wanted to know about the Sri Lankan Civil War (7/23/83 - 5/17/09)

The 7/23/83 to 5/17/09 (just a day ago) time period covers open fighting between the LTTE - Tamil separatists and the Sri Lankan Government. For an outline of events, go to this Wikipedia page. I am sure a lot of the missing & if any, inaccurate, information will be discovered & corrected in the years to come.

Had to take a break from my blogging break to pass this link along.

From the page:

"The root of modern conflict goes back to British colonial rule when the country was known as Ceylon. A nationalist political movement from Sinhalese communities arose in the country in the early 20th century with the aim of obtaining political independence, which was eventually granted by the British after peaceful negotiations in 1948. Disagreements between the Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic communities flared up when drawing up the country's first post-independence constitution.

Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike's declaration of the "Sinhala Only Act" language policy was the spark that led to conflict. The civil war is a direct result of the escalation of the confrontational politics that followed. Communal uprisings in the 1950s, 1977, and the formation of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) with its Vaddukkodei (Vattukottai)) resolution of 1976 were key events. These led to a hardening of attitudes on both sides.

The TULF supported the armed actions of young militants who were dubbed "our boys." These "boys" were the product of the post-war population explosion. Many partially educated, unemployed Sinhala and Tamil youth fell for simplistic racist and violent revolutionary solutions to their problems."

Read the rest here.

- Sujewa



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