The Tamil struggle for the attainment and exercise of the self-development was hampered and impeded by a variety of factors, such as internal power struggles, casteism, and elitism. The departing colonialists provided the practical means for the Sinhalese to obtain ownership of the whole of Sri Lanka. The Tamil leadership fragmented over time and failed to forge a unitary alliance of the frustrated masses – instead, the disenfranchised youth engaged in a proliferated landscape of militias, while the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) emerged as the most forceful one.
ICO supports the establishment of a think tank run by independent Tamil academics. The idea is proposed by Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan,Teaching Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham.