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The bloodylife of the upcountry tamils is beautifully displayed

Posted : 03:45 AM Sep 22,2018 by ICPFJ
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The bloodylife of the upcountry tamils is beautifully displayed

The ‘Indian Tamils’, also called Estate Tamils or Upcountry Tamils


Even the vertebrate of the vertebrae will release at least the slightest resistance when a knife is torn by the stump, but the Upcountry Tamils are suffering from so far.

The British government sent the Hill Country Tamils as the stooge of the Indian nation, sending them without any resentment The Indian nationality and the birth of the country were not able to breathe, but the immigrants would take refuge in Sri Lanka.

The ‘Indian Tamils’, also called Estate Tamils or Upcountry Tamils, are the descendants of the indentured workers brought by the British to Ceylon from the erstwhile Madras Presidency (present day state of Tamil Nadu) between 1820s and 1930s to work on the central hill plantations of tea, coffee and rubber, frequently under inhuman conditions. By contrast, the Sri Lankan Tamils, also referred to as Eelam Tamils, are said to be the descendants of Tamils of the old Jaffna Kingdom and east coast chieftaincies called Vannamials.

The extent of their similarity is generally their shared language, and to some extent, their religion — most of Tamil speaking people are Hindus.

Historically speaking

Divisive and discriminatory ethno-chauvinism has characterised Sri Lankan politics from its inception as a newly independent state, as a result of the same ‘divide and conquer’ policy of the British colonisers that the whole Indian subcontinent is painfully familiar with. In case of Sri Lanka, ethnic tensions between the “Buddhist” Sinhalese and the “Hindu” Tamil people were fed and exploited. The Tamil minority had been disproportionately favoured by the British, which continually fuelled the ire of the majority Sinhalese, who assumed command after independence and successively implemented anti-Tamil policies. When Ceylon became independent in 1948, these Indian-origin Tamils formed slightly over half of Sri Lanka’s Tamil population.

Under the charge of Sinhalese controlled national government, the Indian-origin Tamils were classified as “non-Sri Lankans” in 1948 and stripped of Sri Lankan citizenship, followed by retraction of voting rights in the country where most of the families had spent a number of generations. Once the voting rights were taken away, the already destitute community lost political representation and were economically ignored by the Sinhalese state’s development initiatives. Living on plantations in nearly slave like conditions, they were among the hardest hit from state neglect and derision of Tamils.

 

             Sirimavo-Shastri Pact for a “stateless” people

The next blow came in 1964 in the form of the pact signed between Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Lal Bahadur Shastri, then Sri Lankan and Indian Prime Ministers respectively, to settle the issue of the nearly 9,75,000 upcountry Tamils in Sri Lanka (considered a “stateless people” by India and “Indian nationals” by Sri Lanka) by repatriating about 5,25,000 back to India and granting Sri Lankan citizenship to 3,00,000. The remaining ones were to be “equally divided” at a later stage. This poorly implemented pact for quite unpopular among the community itself whose own wishes were never a part of the consideration. By 1981 it is estimated that only about 2,80,000 were repatriated to India and about 1,60,000 were granted Sri Lankan citizenship. India had been slow to provide citizenship at its end and refused to take any more persons after the 15-year period after the pact expired in 1982. The remaining people remained without citizenship in Sri Lanka.

 

 Only the hard work for this, they started working with capital, and enriched forests. The country was thriving. Still, all the way back to the stops.

 The hill country made fertile soil and fertilized the soil and became fertilized to the tea plant in the same soil.

 The backbone of Sri Lanka's economy. Men and women were not able to enjoy countless miseries every day. Even the embryo will carry only for months.

 But when the maiden's grandfather came into the tea garden, the uplifting girls would carry the tea basket to the head until the first signs of the old age were approaching.

However, poverty became property, some did not get out of trouble. Other people have died, and the worst and tragic history still remains.

 Employees who were brought as stooges by the poverty of the poverty did not come from South India alone. Though economically waxed, arts are not famished for them.

In many parts of the hill, the roots of the songs were rooted in singing and shouting. Mayiladam, Chilayatam, Kolamattam, and Kamangutu are still present in some of the estates, which also have the livelihood of the livelihood.

Teen honey collects her knowledge that she is exploited. Likewise the people of the Hill are living, the whites exploited the labor of the hill, but did not find their livelihood.

It is questionable and worrying that even though India and the British have allocated so many blessings to Sri Lanka, It is also questionable that the British rulers who came to Sri Lanka after the independence of the British rulers took place in the subject of the Upcountry.

For example, the Queen Elizabeth of the British traveled to Sri Lanka in 1954 and was condemned to condemned the capital of the hill country, and received great reception for the Upcountry Maharani. Subsequently, his descendants were present on behalf of Queen Elizabeth during the 2014 Commonwealth Heads of Conference in Sri Lanka.

 The hill region also visited. But even then, they were shown by the Sri Lankan politicians that they were living with the prosperity of the hill that brought them under British rule.

Even today, the plantation workers are still like intellectuals, and that is why some hypocrites are no longer inclined to upset the Hill Country in any given occasio

Rohan menon 

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