Armed Conflict leading to Diaspora: A study with respect to Indian and Sri Lankan Tamilians

Author Name

Victor Nayak and Devesh Gupta

Author Address

School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater Noida.


Indian Tamilians, Sri Lankan Tamilians, Diaspora, Conflict, Estate Tamilians


In cases of conflict of various kinds such as religious, ethnic or even political people tend to migrate from their state to another state. Armed conflict another variant that tantamount to ripple between Government and its subjects lead to diaspora in various forms. This situation can be seen in case of Sri Lankan and Indian Tamilians where they suffered at the hands of the colonial rule and later at the hands of the Government of Sri Lanka and India. After gaining independence Sri Lanka in their policy stripped off the citizenship rights of the “Estate Tamilians” and thereby a long struggle ensued creating a sporadic armed conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Estate Tamilians which also flared up the diaspora to a greater extent in the later times. In recent past the matter has been resolved to a larger extent with a probable expectation of an end to the concerned armed conflict, can act as a cardinal lesson for other nations of South Asia to pacify the present and prohibit the future diaspora from such cause.

The paper tries to analyze the concept of diaspora as a result of armed conflict in the backdrop of Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka and their timely discourses. The paper will further highlight the social, political development to minimize the myriadic diaspora among Tamilians. 


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