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Notes towards an ordinary person’s guide to the Sri Lankan conflict-part i

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While the fighting in Sri Lanka between Government and the LTTE has come to an end, it’s clear that the conflict broadly put, between “Sinhala” and “Tamil” nationalists have not ended. Claims and counter claims are traded each day, sometimes in Sri Lanka and often outside.

How is an interested lay person to understand common arguments about the Sri Lankan conflict? How do you shift the kernels of truth from the bushels of chaff that is thrown about? In May 2009, I did a series of interviews with Kannan Arunasalam, who then represented or worked for PACT – peace and conflict time line – which hosted a web site devoted to some of these questions.

Over the past few days, I began to reread the transcripts of the interviews which are in three parts (one, two, three) with a view to updating, revising, and publishing them as little booklet. There are a number of areas not covered; and I am working them out. I would like help though – from regular readers of my blog: If you have a question you think is relevant and not covered in these interviews, do please leave me a comment here; it may well help make the final product more comprehensive.

 

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