The Tamil struggle for the attainment and exercise of the right to self-determination 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, Lecturer at Griffith College.
The aim of this think tank is to run research on the right to self-determination both internal and external aspects of self-determination, run advocacy efforts at the national and international level for the road map that they will suggest.
This programme may include peaceful routes to external self-determination and also social and economic models for internal self-determination. A not biased, not politicised, and nonpartisan formation is visualised by stakeholders.