Vivek Oberoi giving a flower to a former LTTE soldier, Vavuniya
I’ve got an article on mylaw.net. comparing Sri Lanka to our neighbor India and their separation, Pakistan. I’ve often wondered how a possible Eelam would compare to Pakistan, and if a mono-ethnic state would have been as dysfunctional as a mono-religious one. So… this is extended wondering.
In 1947, India saw the bloody partition of its north as Pakistan along religious lines. Up to a million people died and Pakistan and India are continue a lukewarm war across Kashmir, erupting in periodic and horrific terrorist attacks.
By preventing the racially based separation of its north and east, Sri Lanka has, for the time, avoided this fate. Instead of a clean break after independence, Sri Lanka saw decades of conflict and 30 years of outright war. In the end, however, internal forces of Tamil separatism were crushed and a partition never occurred.
If history is any guide, this is a blessing.
Read the rest at mylaw.net (an Indian portal).