Where it all Began
The Introduction seeks to put the issues raised in this book in perspective for the reader to appreciate their complexity. Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict began with differences over language rights of the minority Tamils, and then snowballed with increasing virulence till it turned into a full-blown war. In the process, it raised issues of Identity, Ethnicity, Culture, Equality and basic rights. This chapter also traces how (and why) several peace initiatives came a cropper. The failure of successive governments to accommodate the moderate Tamil opinion led to the rise of the Tamil militant groups— LTTE being the most fearsome of them. Once the initiative was allowed to pass into the hands of the militant groups, a succession of Eelam wars inevitably followed.
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