Sri Lanka long has been described as a paradise by travellers.
While the Sinhalese are a majority on their island, they are, as historian Kingsley M.de Silva has noted, a majority with a minority complex.
During 1988, when my wife and I lived in Sri Lanka for an extended period,its murder rate was one of the world's highest.
Until the 1930s, a heavy belt of forests north of ancient capital, Anuradhapura, formed a natural barrier between the Sinhalese and Tamil peoples.
SWRD Bandaranaike altered Sri Lanka's political landscape forever by beginning vocally advocate an overtly populist,pro-Sinhalese and pro-Buddhist political agenda.
Sri Lanka's problems were caused by too much democracy.
For years, Sri Lanka was viewed as a model developing nations. It gained independence peacefully and sustained one of the feew authentically competitive democratic systems in the Global south.
The history of post-independence Sri Lanka, from a Sri Lankan Tamil perspective, is a history of lost privileges, intensifying discrimination, failure of democratic institutions to protect their rights and finally,coercion by an overwhelmingly Sinhalese security establishment.
Many younger elite Sri Lankans,especially young Tamils, have capitalised on foreign university credentials and their parents' dwindling wealth to escape from the daily stress and tragedy of life on the island.
Sri Lanka's problems were caused by declining even-handedness and transparency of its democratic processes and institutions.