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Ajit Menon

Ajit Menon

Ajit Menon is Associate Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. He is a political economist interested in the political ecology of natural resource conflicts and environmental policy-making.

Between the devil and the not-so-deep blue sea

Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen are embroiled in an enduring dispute over the use of fishing grounds in the Palk Bay. The dispute is not only a matter of big India versus small Sri Lanka, or big boats versus small boats. Rather, Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen are less successful in asserting their interests vis-à-vis the central state than their Indian counterparts. This imbalance of political agency is grounded in enduring ethnic tension between the Tamils and Sri Lankan government.

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