Sri Lanka- Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca

2.This is a map of Sri Lanka and the conflict happened all throughout the country not in a specific  spot.

3. The Sri Lanka conflict has been going on for 3 decades and is thought to be one of the longest civil wars in Asia. It began when the decolonization from Britain began in 1948. Due to the advantages  that Great Britain gave to the Tamils. During British rule the Tamils get opportunities for a higher education and better employment opportunities. Ultimately the Sinhalese people (the 82% of the population) took charge of the government and tensions started rising. In 1983 the Tamils attack and kill 13 soldiers and the tensions between the two groups explode and the conflict begun.

4. The Tamils point of view: After the British rule ended the Tamils who were receiving better treatment started being oppressed by the Sinhalese. First the Sinhalese changed the language, then resettled some people to different areas. After that they rewrote the constitution to favor their people. They further added to that by changing the universities admission policies to make it harder for the Tamils to get a higher education. The Tamil people were not used to this kind of treatment and it the Tamil youth were being discouraged by their leaders while the Sinhalese were receiving all the credit.  The Tamils were so discouraged they created the “Tamil’s Tigers” otherwise known as the (LTTE). The group was at first peaceful but due to the suppression and ignorance of the government toward the Tamils they turned into a terrorist group and in 1983 they kill 13 of the governments soldiers triggering the first anti- Tamil riot in the capitol of Sri Lanka. The Tigers wanted to be heard and in the end wanted to have a sovereign country but both groups were unwilling to compromise. The government was oppressing the Tamils and the Tamils were tired of it and wanted its views and demands to be heard out and completed.

5. The Sinhalese point of view: When the British were in charge the Tamils had many more advantages than the Sinhalese so when they got the opportunity they turned the tables around. They thought it was their right since they were the majority of the population and they wanted to have power after being oppressed for so long. They changed the whole government to make it easier for them to live and for the Tamils to suffer. When the Tamils had enough of being oppressed they formed the LTTE, a peaceful group but when the Sinhalese still ignored them they turned violent and a massive civil war erupted. The Sinhalese were to proud to compromise so after 60,000 deaths and 700,000 people internally displaced citizens the Sinhalese government finally defeated the Tamils in 2009. Even though they brought peace to their country there are still many questions about how the Tamils are still being treated unfairly.

6. I believe countries should have stepped in and forced a ceasefire and a compromise between the two groups. There should have been a supranational intervention by the UN and the conflict should not have lasted for as long as it did. Sure Norway stepped in 2002 and called in a ceasefire but it was not very effective. The conflict should either have been resolved by there being a compromise or the Tamils having a sovereign state for themselves.


3 thoughts on “Sri Lanka- Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca

  1. Ricardo, your article on conflict in Sri Lanka is very insightful. You provided extremely clear views from each side of the conflict, and I found the abuse of power within the Sinhalese government to be unjust towards the Tamil people. Yes, the Tamil were given certain advantages when Sri Lanka was under British rule, but that is no reason the Sinhalese should treat the Tamil’s with such cruelty. I agree with you in the fact that these two ethnicities should have discussed and compromised this conflict long before war erupted, in order to spare countless lives and prevent internal displacement. From what you have written, I feel that the Tamils do in fact deserve an independent sovereign state in order to escape the abuse they face from the Sinhalese government.


  2. Ricardo, this post was very well organized and easy to interoperate. The treatment of the Tamils by the Sinhalese government was unlawful and discriminating. You suggest that an earlier resolution could have helped this issue, but how exactly would you propose a compromise to be made?


  3. Great Post! Your institutions and explanations were easy to understand, while grasping the main key points of the conflict. I also agree with your suggestions that should have been used for this conflict, but I believe that the Sinhalese people and Tamil people should have either split the nation, maybe even using a boundary, rather than take many people’s lives. The Sinhalese’ actions were wrong, but that does not mean that the dispute should have gone in the Tamil’s favor. The Sinhalese were not living the same standard at living at first, but after being able to turn the tables around, I feel they could not stop themselves from going further, and putting down the Tamil.


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