“Keeping India at bay” by Ahilan Kadirgamar

India’s support for devolution of power and substantive demilitarisation are all overshadowed by the Palk Bay fishing conflict between Tamil Nadu fishers and Northern Sri Lankan fishers

via: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/keeping-india-at-bay/article5620928.ece

source: www.thehindu.com

“Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka Fisherfolk fight” Shyamantha Asokan (The Economist)

Sri Lanka’s navy is now free to patrol the strait, much of which was once controlled by the separatists. It is also interested in these waters because of the island’s ongoing ethnic tensions, says Madura Rasaratnam at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Since the war ended, southern fishermen from Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese community have started ranging farther north and plying the waters. Sri Lanka’s authorities are keen to protect their livelihoods, Ms Rasaratnam says, if not those of the island’s own beleaguered Tamils.

Via http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2013/04/tamil-nadu-and-sri-lanka

Report submitted by Mannar GA to Minister Bathiudeen on background incidents in Mannar (dbsjeyaraj.com)

We would like to share the link toward dbsjeyaraj.com blog which published the English translation of the document sent by the Mannar GA to Industries Minister Rishad Bathiudeen highlighting the background to the Mannar incident (Issues relating to fishermen settled in Thottaveli and tying boats belonging to them at the pier.) that started in 2002.