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Sri Lankan War (Ethnic Conflict): A Tamil Perspective

Heroic Stories, LTTE, Prabaharan, Terrorism, War Crimes, Human Rights, Failed Solutions and More

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These articles were published before, during and after the 2006-2009 war that resulted in the decisive defeat of Tamil fighters (LTTE).

Heroic Stories

Velupillai Prabhakaran

Tamil and Tamil Eelam

War Crimes

Human Rights

Solutions Proposed in the Past (2000 - 2007)

Miscellaneous


Heroic Stories

19970902 Eyes Of Kuttimani (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 1997 (9 KB) (te)

The tragic story of one Tamil Eelam patriot during the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots (anti-Tamil program or anti-Tamil massacres) in Sri Lanka.

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Velupillai Prabhaharan

20100301 Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Jokes about LTTE Leader Prabhakaran's Death (by T. Arumugam), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2010 (9 KB) (te)

A retort to Sri Lankan President Rajapakse’s distasteful joke about LTTE leader Pirabhaharan's death.

20020502 Prabaharan's Eyeglasses (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2002 (6 KB) (te)

A real-life story from Sri Lanka and another far off land.

20010303 Where is Praying for Prabaharan a Crime? (by Jaganathan Muralidharan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2001 (6 KB) (te)

A surprising answer.

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Tamil and Tamil Eelam

19990301 Ilankai, Eelam and Yazhpanam (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 1999 (7 KB) (t, te)

Origin of the names Ilankai, Eelam, Yazhpanam and Sri Lanka.

20031201 Origin of the Names Eelam and Sinhala (by Suesa), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2003 (5 KB) (s, t, te)

Etymology of the words Eelam and Sinhala.

19991102 Boycott the TamilNet-2000 Conference in Sri Lanka (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 1999 (18 KB) (t, te)

A powerful article advocating against the Sri Lankan venue. Published in 1999 when the Tamil Net Conference was scheduled in Sri Lanka. Later the conference organizers decided to hold it elsewhere.

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War Crimes

These articles were written within months after the alleged war crimes were committed. A United Nations Panel concluded in 2011 that allegations of war crimes against both sides (Sri Lankan military and LTTE) were credible.

20090801 Try the Sri Lankan Trio for War Crimes in Western Courts (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2009 (7 KB) (te)

Try Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka for war crimes in 2009. (This article was published just a few months after the 2006-2009 war.)

20090903 International Community, Terrorism, War Crimes and Human Rights in Sri Lanka: The Story of Guard Dogs and Mad Dogs (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2009 (7 KB) (te)

A short story reflecting the situation in Sri Lanka immediately after the defeat of Tamil fighters (LTTE) in 2009.

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Human Rights Violations / Sufferings of Tamil Civilians

These articles were written during various stages of the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict (date of publication of each article is noted after author's name). Those who are interested in the history of the conflict may find them useful. Others may scroll down to the next topic.

19980801 Satin Curtain over Sri Lanka (Press Censorship in Sri Lanka) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 1998 (23 KB) (te)

Sri Lankan government exercises tight control on the flow of information out of Tamil areas, in order to hide atrocities. Details and what foreign governments can do.

19971202 Save the Tamil Children of Sri Lanka (by Joyce Muthuraj), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 1997 (17 KB) (te)

A discussion of human rights violations against Tamil children of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar's crocodile tears for them.

20090201 Fate of Sri Lankan Tamil Minority: Choice of Boiling Pot and Burning Stove (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2009 (7 KB) (te)

Late 2008 - Early 2009: As the Sri Lankan army had captured almost all of LTTE held territories, Tamil civilians are faced with war zone bombardments in LTTE territory or long-term detention in army run camps.

20090301 Sri Lanka: Tamil Civilians between the Jaws of Death (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2009 (9 KB) (te)

Late 2008 - Early 2009: War is raging in Sri Lanka. As LTTE held area is getting smaller and smaller, Tamil civilians there are suffering immeasurably.

19980101 Human Rights Classes for the Sri Lankan Army (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 1998 (18 KB) (te)

Will Sri Lankan President Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's decision to offer human rights classes for army officers end or at least reduce human rights violations by army, security forces and police? Three example human rights violations of rape-murder and masscre of Tamil civilians are discussed. Author proposes an effective way that may reduce such incidences.

19980501 Declare the Sri Lankan Army and Police as Terrorist Organizations (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 1998 (34 KB) (te)

Title is self-explanatory.

19991103 Colorado Murder and Sri Lankan Murders (by Vimala Balamurugan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 1999 (11 KB) (te)

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20000201 Sri Lanka: Cover-up of Chemmani Mass Graves (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2000 (12 KB) (te)

Sri Lankan Government's human rights violations and cover up of Chemmani mass graves in Jaffna.

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Solutions Proposed in the the Past (2000 - 2007)

Much has happened since these articles were published. The 2006-2009 war ended with the defeat of Tamil fighters (LTTE). Those interested in the history of the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict may find these articles useful. Others may scroll down to the next topic.

20071201 Senator Biden Solution for Sri Lanka (by V. Subramanian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2007 (6 KB) (te)

American Senator Biden proposed a solution to the Iraqi minority in 2007. Can a similar autonomous region, federal system solution work in Sri Lanka?

20000202 Is this One Way to End the Ethnic War in Sri Lanka? (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2000 (18 KB) (te)

A solution short of independent Tamil Eelam. Author proposed this solution in the year 2000 but with the defeat of LTTE in 2009, Sri Lankan Government would not even consider it. Yet those interested in a fair solution to the ethnic conflict may want to read it.

20060901 India's "Federal Constitution" is not a Suitable Model for Sri Lanka (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2006 (14 KB) (te)

Given the dominant unitary character of the Indian constitution and the dissatisfaction of many state governments about the concentration of power at the central government, the Indian constitution is not even a suitable starting point for Sri Lanka. Written in 2006.

20000902 Sri Lankan Devolution Package Speaks Loud and Clear that Sinhalese are the Masters of the Island (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2000 (15 KB) (te)

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's devolution package of August 2000.

20001102 Can Anyone Trust the Sri Lankan Government? (by A. Sivapatham), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2000 (8 KB) (te)

An example of Sinhala politicians changing their positions on the Sinhala-Tamil ethnic problem to suit their political ambitions (August 2000).

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Miscellaneous

A few articles that do not fall under any of the categories listed above.

19971003 President Chandrika Kumaratunga: Words and Deeds (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 1997 (20 KB) (te)

The article exposes the two faces of SriLankan President Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike. Human rights violations against the Tamil minority, including rape, murder, torture and massacres by army and police, during her rule are discussed.

20020401 Sri Lanka: False Propaganda about LTTE and the Peace Process (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2002 (12 KB) (te)

Title is self-explanatory.

20020703 A Question about the Sri Lankan Ceasefire (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2002 (5 KB) (te)

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20120402 Did Sri Lanka Defeat Terrorists or a Conventional Military Force in 2009? (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2012 (6 KB) (te)

A very brief look at the final phase of Eelam War IV from a different perspective.

 

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