Troubles. of the Tamils
The article ‘Time to Move On’ makes a case against the U.S. and the U.K. for pressurizing Sri Lanka to investigate the war crimes committed by its armed forces. In support of her stance, the writer quotes human rights abuses committed by the two world powers and the warnings given by the UN to the Tamil Tigers in the end months of the civil war. But the matter is not as simple as the writer thinks. Subjugation of the Tamils is a problem as old as the country itself.
The Tamil population suffered discrimination at the hands of the Sinhala majority for a very long time. Governments after governments took steps that made it difficult for the Tamil youth to acquire higher education and get good jobs. They resorted to militancy only after all other means had failed to give them their due rights. In the decades-long civil war, it was the Tamils who suffered the most. Thousands were killed while one-third of Sri Lankan Tamils were forced to leave their country. After the end of the civil war, their condition has not changed much. There is a need for a thorough inquiry into the crimes committed by the Lankan Army regardless of who raises the demand.