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

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Down the Spiral in Sri Lanka

There is now a full-fledged civil war in Sri Lanka with no end in sight. 

The spate of air attacks by the Sri Lankan air force and the bombings in Colombo and its environs (clearly the work of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE) is one more sign of the spiral of violence that Sri Lanka has once again descended into.

S P Tamilchelvan, the leader of the political wing of the Tamil insurgent organisation, was killed in an air attack by the Sri Lankan air force in Killinocchi in northern Sri Lanka. This was seen as retaliation to the earlier LTTE suicide squad and air attack on the Anuradhapura airbase that resulted in a considerable loss of face for the government. Ever since the coming to power of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) led by Mahinda Rajapakse with the support of the left nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Buddhist monk party, Jathika Hela Urumaya, both fiercely committed to an “unitary” solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka, the government has taken a hawkish position against the insurgents. The military campaign against the LTTE has intensified with every passing day with several attacks on targets in Tamil strongholds as well as gradual weakening of the LTTE’s support structure in the diaspora because of the international crackdown against any form of terrorist activity.

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