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  • My Unknown People Presentation By: Aravinth Ravithas Hour: A3
  •      Tamil Sri Lankans are natives of the island country Sri Lanka. They speak the language Tamil, and for the most part, are believers in the Hindu faith (DiManno). They live on the island country Sri Lanka with another ethnic group, the Singhalese, which is the majority group. Due to several years of conflict and genocide, the Tamils have fled their home nation and have taken ‘refugee’ status in other countries (Litigation). About 729,076 Tamil Sri Lankans fled the country to nations such as Canada, United Kingdom, and India.
  • As a retaliation to free the Tamil people from the Singhalese-controlled regime in the country, the Tamil Tigers [LTTE] was formed (Sri Lanka Profile).  The Tamil Sri Lankan Diaspora existed due to the over 30 years of struggle.  During this struggle, several innocent Tamil lives were tortured and taken away by the government’s army through atrocious means [e.g., castration] (Kim).  The Singhalese-controlled government waged genocide on the Tamil Sri Lankans, killing over tens of thousands of civilians [on top of the 27,639 Tamil Tigers]. 
  •       The Singhalese-controlled government, in addition to committing genocide on the Tamil Sri Lankan people, waged total war (DiManno). This total war left thousands of Tamil Sri Lankans displaced. In addition to those displaced, there are still Tamil Sri Lankans left in concentration camps that were set up during the genocide (After the Tigers…). There are several thousands of Tamils that are now crippled from the war (Litigation). Wives, husbands, parents, and children have lost family members who were the breadwinners of the family. The Tamil Tigers were also those who were breadwinners.
  •       Although the civil war between the Singhalese-controlled government and Tamil Tigers is over… …There are still Tamil Sri Lankans left displaced and those still in concentration camps (Sri Lanka Profile). On top of that, there are several Tamil Sri Lankans that cannot support themselves because of lost family members and friends. In addition, the Singhalese-controlled government is still torturing innocent Tamils [e.g., rape] (Kim). The Singhalese-controlled government won the war and its still oppressing the Tamils (After the Tigers…). With the war now over, there is still a lingering issue [aside from the continuous torture of innocent Tamil lives]…
  • Post-Sri Lankan Civil War & Genocide of Tamil Sri Lankans What action should be taken in Sri Lanka, in regards to the Tamil Sri Lankans, in this post-Sri Lankan Civil War and Genocide environment?
  •  The Tamil Sri Lankans should not be given anything, in regards to aid and relief or an independent nation. Also, Sri Lankan government officials will not be charged with war crimes, relating to the genocide and torture of innocent Tamils.  WOKs Reason 2. Imagination 1.
  •  Reason  The Singhalese government officials do not want to be charged with war crimes. In addition, the government does not want the Tamils to have an independent state [Government].  Imagination  If the Tamil Sri Lankans are not given aid or relief, then the Singhalese-controlled government can rid of the Tamils more quickly. The desired ‘Singhalese state’ can then be achieved [Government].
  •  The Tamil Sri Lankans should be given aid and relief, but not an independent nation. Also, Sri Lankan government officials will not be charged with war crimes, relating to the genocide and torture of innocent Tamils.  WOKs Intuition 2. Memory 1.
  •  Intuition  The innate human feeling to help those in need will come to play in this situation [Tamils].  If Tamils are given an independent state, then the Singhalese-controlled government would not be able to achieve its total ‘Singhalese state’ [Government].  Memory  The Tamils were persecuted by the Singhalese several times in previous history. The Tamils deserve some sort of aid, but the government officials do not need to be charged with war crimes for incidents before [Government].
  •  The Tamil Sri Lankans should be given aid and relief, and given an independent nation, recognized by the entire world. Also, Sri Lankan government officials will be charged with war crimes, relating to the genocide and torture of innocent Tamils.  WOKs 1. 2. Intuition Memory
  •  Intuition  The innate human feeling to help those in need will come to play in this situation [Tamils].  Now that a large portion of the Tamil Sri Lankan population was annihilated and tortured, foreign nations would be more likely to settle the dispute by giving the Tamils an independent nation [Tamils].  Memory  In addition to the recent genocide and torturing, the Tamils were persecuted by the Singhalese several times in previous history. The government officials deserve to be charged with war crimes [Tamils].
  • How do we know what responsible action is?
  •  The responsible action has hidden motives, thus immoral, and is done so what is “wanted” is gained.  WOKs 1. Reason 2. Imagination
  •   Reason You have hidden motives so you can achieve what you selfishly want. Ex: When you are making an offer on “Shark Tank,” you make a stipulation so that you receive a royalty payment that eats up the profit of the one running the business [ Kevin O’Leary].   Imagination You have a grand scheme that you hope to reach in the end. Ex: Doofensmirtz builds hundreds and hundreds of “-inators” so he can take over the TRI-STATE AREA!!!
  •  The responsible action is morally right, and is done so what is “necessary” is gained.  WOKs 1. Intuition 2. Emotion
  •   Intuition You have a „gut feeling‟ when something wrong is happening. Ex: After you say something ‘stupid’ to your boyfriend /girlfriend, you have this feeling that what you said was ‘stupid.’   Emotion You feel a sense of pity for those that struggle so you do what is necessary to help them. Ex: When a natural disaster hits a community, surrounding communities provide aid and relief to those affected.
  •  Perspective One  Side One  The government does not want aid or relief to be provided so it can easily exterminate the Tamil Sri Lankans to create their ‘Singhalese state.’  The government has no desire for an independent state for the Tamil Sri Lankans because creating their ‘Singhalese state’ is their goal.  Side Two  The government has a hidden motive in allowing aid and relief for the Tamil Sri Lankans, which is to act as if they were not doing anything “wrong” and cared for the Tamil Sri Lankan civilians.  The government has no desire to allow its officials be charged.
  •  Perspective Two  Side Three  One would have the ‘gut feeling’ that providing aid and relief to the Tamil Sri Lankans is necessary. This ‘gut feeling’ would come from a sense of pity for the war-torn Tamil Sri Lankans.  Establishing an independent nation for the Tamil Sri Lankans is necessary so they can be separated and independent from the oppressive Sri Lankan [Singhalese] regime.  Charging the government officials with war crimes is necessary for the morbid and unjust evils they belligerently harmed the Tamil Sri Lankans with.
  •    Example #1: Determining the punishment for someone found guilty of a crime. Example #2: Determining whether saving something you want or something you need is important [Politics]. Example #3: Determining whether or not it is right to play an injured player in order to win a game.
  • "After the Tigers, a New Tamil Struggle." BBC News. BBC, 05 Apr. 2010. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. DiManno, Rosie. "Sri Lanka's Hidden Genocide." Thestar.com. Toronto Star Newspapers, 4 Nov. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. Litigation, TAG. "Clarification of the Number of Known Cases of Torture of Tamils Returning to Sri Lanka from Abroad in the Post-war Period." Tamils Against Genocide. Tamils Against Genocide, 26 Feb. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. "Sri Lanka Profile." BBC News. BBC, 05 Nov. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Wall, Kim. "Sri Lanka: Tamil Struggle Continues." The Diplomat. The Diplomat, 02 Dec. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2013.