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Ethno-Political Conflict in Sri Lanka

Author : Imtiyaz, A.R.M. and Stavis, B.

Acc. No: 1024-S

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This study examines ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. The major thesis is that politicization of ethnic distinctions by major political parties has fueled an ethnic violence and conflict in Sri Lanka. The study employs an interactive approach to understand violence of both parties. Each party's violence against the other increases the sense of distrust between them. Political elites then use ethnic emotions in their quest for power, reinforcing ethnic tensions. This paper also discusses some fundamental historical factors that play a role in understanding Sri Lanka's ethnic violence. It finally suggests solutions to the protracted ethno-political conflict -- partition or power-sharing. Source: ETHNO-POLITICAL CONFLICT IN SRI LANKA