The Young Researchers’ Forum 2012
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.