ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SRI LANKA- Tamil National Question

Tamil National Question Gail Omvedt LAST year a major wave of guerilla struggle broke out in Sri Lanka, followed by widespread rioting. It was just ten years after the youthful JVP insurrection shattered forever the peaceful image of an island which had achieved its independence without any major mass struggles at all Now once again a youth-led armed struggle is brewing, only the struggle now centres not for an immediate social revolution but for the national liberation of the Tamil minority. As economic crisis, social clashes and political repression intensify, over 30 years of discrimination and riots by the majority Sinhalese Buddhists against the Tamil Hindus have resulted in a growing movement for a separate Tamil nation of 'Eelam' in the northern part of the island.

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