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The Liberation Tigers in Crisis<sup>*</sup>

G. H. Peiris

in Twilight of the Tigers

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699456
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699456.003.0007
The Liberation Tigers in Crisis*

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Those engaged in efforts to establish a Tamil-dominated sovereign nation state in Sri Lanka at some point of time in the future believe that its geopolitical survival and economic viability would depend crucially on its territory encompassing not only the predominantly Tamil northern plains of Sri Lanka, but in addition at least the island's resource-rich eastern lowlands. This chapter examines the ‘Karuna revolt’ led by Vinayanamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Colonel Karuna alias Karuna Amman, the military wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the eastern province districts of Batticaloa and Ampara. It discusses the impact of the revolt on electoral politics of Sri Lanka in the context of the impending parliamentary elections (scheduled for 2 April); the durability of the on-going ceasefire and the prospects for a resumption of peace negotiations between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE; and the future of the LTTE.

Keywords: Sri Lanka; ceasefire; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; peace negotiations; Karuna revolt; Karuna Amman; electoral politics; ethnic relations; territorial demands

Chapter.  11259 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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