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NCJ Number: 140888 Find in a Library
Title: India and Sri Lanka: A Fatal Convergence
Journal: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism  Volume:15  Issue:4  Dated:(October- December 1992)  Pages:267-281
Author(s): S Krishna
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 15
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of India's decision to intervene militarily in the Sri Lankan civil war concludes that this and other conflicts in the Indian subcontinent seem to be the inevitable by-products of the effort to imagine and construct nation-states.
Abstract: India's decision was preceded by two historically significant developments: (1) the emergence of a strong Sinhala ethnic identity in Sri Lanka, often accompanied by the explicit marginalization and suppression of the Tamil minority in that country; and (2) an emerging foreign policy of regional hegemony in New Delhi. Together these two developments have moved toward a fatal convergence across the Palk Straits. One of its most dramatic aspects is the phenomenon of political assassinations, not only of many factional leaders and regional politicians but also of the leader of the moderate Tamils, the head of another Tamil group, the Sri Lankan Defense Minister, and the former Indian Prime Minister. Tragically, no easy solutions appear to exist to such conflicts, because the processes of chauvinistic exclusion, rewriting of history, political patronage, geopolitical compulsions are accelerating. The very basics of identity in plural contexts require re- imagining is this impasse between national integration and ethnic identity is to be resolved. Notes (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Civil disorders; Civil violence causes
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Cultural influences; India; Political influences; Sri Lanka
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