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Issues in Post-War Indo-Sri Lanka Relations- A Sri Lankan Perspective -T. Waradas

Issues in Post-War Indo-Sri Lanka Relations- A Sri Lankan Perspective -T. Waradas

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Abstract of paper to be presented at the Young Researchers' Forum 2012
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The Young Researchers’ Forum 2012
& 21
January, 2012Western Province Aesthetic Resort, ColomboSession: Development and Progress Date: 20
January, 2012Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
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Issues in Post-war Indo-Sri Lanka Relations: A Sri Lankan Perspective
Thiyagaraja Waradasthiyagarajawaradas@yahoo.com 
Date of Research
: July 2011- January 2012
The Specific Issue
The study examines the efforts taken by different stakeholders to solve the issuebetween Sri Lankan Northern Fishermen and Indian Fishermen. These issues emergeddue to the threat posed by Indian trawler net fishers poaching in to Sri Lankan waterssoon after the end of the war between Government of Sri Lanka and the LiberationTigers of Tamil Ealam.
The Core Argument
There are three approaches in practice to solve the issue. Firstly, state level interventioninitiated by India and Sri Lanka called the Joint Working Committee. Secondly,fishermen to fishermen dialogue initiated by Sri Lankan fishermen and they signed anagreement with their counterparts in South India with the support of civil society.Thirdly and the most recent approach is to establish an Interactive Joint WorkingPlatform (IJWP), which accommodate both two levels in one platform.All these approaches suggest autonomous and isolated manner of intervention. Theseseparate isolated attempts inherently reduce the strength of its capacity in solvingissues which are rooted in different levels which seeks multilevel interventions. Thefirst two approaches are less sensitive to the political and economic factors of theconflict. State level intervention is not linked with the grass root level needs of thepeople. Moreover, all of them are lacking a strong implementation mechanism.It is crucial to take in to account the following factors in any attempt to find a solution.
It includes regional and extra regional relations of these countries and their regime’s
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relationship with their citizens, economically, regional capitalism with neighboringsmall powers. An environmental aspect is also important to ensure the future of fishingand marine resources.
Importance and Relevance of the Research
About 2000 Indian trawler boats engage in fishing within 210 kilometers coastal line inPalk Bay. Due to this Sri Lanka is losing 5 billion Sri Lankan rupees of annual incomefrom its marine resources. This is not only an economic and political issue, but also itdestroys the entire marine wealth of the country by using banned trawler nets. Itthreatens the future livelihood of 30,000 fisher families in Northern Province of SriLanka.Indian Trawler fishermen damage equipment of Sri Lankan fishermen and preventthem from fishing. Vulnerability created by this situation is directly related to post-warpeace building and reconstruction of war torn region. The Indian trawler fishermenissue has became an urgent and crucial issue that needs to be addressed by bothrespective governments. Therefore, this paper would focus on Indian Trawlerfishermen issue and Indo- Sri Lankan relations in a post- war era.
Innovativeness or Freshness of the Idea, Solutions and the Approach
The issue requires a multi-track program. It includes a link between subalterns and thestate, strong implementation mechanisms and political solution of both countries. Thismay draw a road map to find a gradual solution, which is based on the real economic,political and environmental needs of the people of both countries. Thus ensuring thegrievances of the Northern Fishermen are being heard and build more trust indemocratic way of peaceful conflict resolution. In other words this is neither top bottomapproach nor bottom- up approach. It suggests a multi-track approach which includes acollective team play of all kinds of stakeholders.

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