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How a maritime border created a conflict in the Indian Ocean.
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Fishing is the economic lifeline for villages in northern Sri Lanka. But after a decades long civil war, fishermen returned to find their fish stocks depleted – and they pointed the finger squarely at neighboring India. 

As Indian fishermen developed methods to increase hauls, and crossed a maritime border that was more permeable during the war, they depleted the fish stock for both sides. 

Now, the Sri Lankan Navy is retaliating with force, only making the relationship between the two communities that rely on these waters worse. 

This Vox Borders episode will look at how the drawing of a maritime border and lack of access to fish caused a conflict between two communities that used to live in harmony.

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Johnny Harris
Hey everyone, I hope you liked this third episode of Borders India. Two more to go! BTW the idea for this video came from the locals in India. I asked for story ideas and many of you told me to look into this issue. So thank you to everyone who suggested it! I would have never stumbled upon this otherwise.
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aman dubey
Indian looks like British.. 100 back
Arun sankar
Hi sir why have you not talked-about kacha teevu a indian island given srilanka
Subin Philip
I think as an Indian the government should help fishermen to get better boats and rely on our territory
E Randco
So India overfished their water and ripped up their sea beds and now they want to steal what’s not theirs. The UN should be protect SriLanka. India should have to pay restitution for the illegal poaching to the fishing families. And charged to restore the sea bed and restock the area. They knew they were poaching.
one world
This shows how goverment and media negligence creates chaos between two peaceful nations. I stand with the fishermen community and hope that they are given proper education and facilities. Indian media never shows this things. This is bad. Love to Sri lankan brothers fron India.
Peace Prevails
Illegal intrusion isn't acceptable. Love from India.
Santoz Raina
The kauvari
Tamil Nadu - Karnataka!
In India
Take video bro
Very nice documentary. Indian media and the central government has always been only caring about its borders in the north and the people of the north while the prosperous, hard working South is just a cash ( tax) cow of income for them.
snakespear snakespear
Indian gov is too busy dealing with cows and ignore the people 🤦🏻‍♂️
Arun Mozhi Devan.P Deva
Most of the comments are saying that I am Indian we are sorry for crossing the same. But you guys haven't know the history and the media also says as Tamil fishermen, not the Indian fishermen so how comes the equality? Katchatheevu a small island used by both country fishermen happily before the interference of any political parties. But in 1974 the Indian government without asking opinion from Tamil Nadu people they have given this island to Srilanka. After that, the conflict started there is no place to anchor the boat in the middle of the sea than this single island. Where the fishermen will go and take someplace to rest?. Now both of the countries politicians are playing with this dispute not trying to solve any problems (same as like Jammu and Kashmir problem). If you want to know the real problem (irrespective of the country) you have to be there with the people, live with them and then only you can understand. Commenting that we're this countrymate we sorry for their madness doesn't make any sense. Be educated and matured enough to post the comments and share your views.
Jaiiy Ouhz
Indians are an unreasonable bunch.
Paulo Alexandre
He took a week to recover from a slap? Who was he slapped by, his mamma?
Roger That
That dude posing at 10:17
TFR -truth facts reality
sea life was never belonged to anyone
Jae Lynn
How about stop fishing on both sides for a decade, and let the fisheries recover! You can eat other things.
Jae Lynn
Makes me happy that I don't eat seafood. I'm also not contributing to conflicts around the world b/c I don't buy much of anything! The GOP have destroyed the US, stealing and not paying taxes, destroying the middle class Gen X-ers. And they wonder why we didn't have that many kids.
Jae Lynn
The world is way overpopulated, expect things to get much worse!
Manikandeshwar Sasidhar
So explain to me why a Mexican who illegally crosses the border into US shudnt be shot
tousif laiho
Indian government never does anything with whole heart. Only thing they care about is black money.
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