Tamils in Sri Lanka

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Af­ter a decade long civil war, Tamils are now mak­ing an ef­fort to con­form to con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety in Sri Lanka. How­ever, the over­all sce­nario re­gard­ing the ad­just­ment of Tamils into the main­stream is not that en­cour­ag­ing, as many peo­ple from Tamil com­mu­ni­ties have shared their griev­ances re­gard­ing the lack of equal op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able com­pared to the other com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in the same land. Now, when the new gov­ern­ment has taken place in Sri Lanka, it must act to bring the Tamils back to the sys­tem by of­fer­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, healthcare and other so­cioe­co­nomic sec­tors. It is vi­tal to make the es­tranged Tamils feel they are as es­sen­tial a part of Sri Lanka and stand equal to those re­ferred to as the sons of the soil. This process may take time, but it is the only way the present Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment can win their lost con­fi­dence.

Ra­jini Thiya­gara­jah,

Gampola, Sri Lankal

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