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Colonization of the Tamil Nation by Sri Lanka

Colonization of the Tamil Nation by Sri Lanka

Colonization of the Tamil Nation by Sri Lanka

“Today you are brought here and given a plot of land. You have been uprooted from your village. You are like a piece of driftwood in the ocean; but remember that one day the whole country will look up to you. The final battle for the Sinhala people will be fought on the plains of Padaviya. You are men and women who will carry this island’s destiny on your shoulders. Those who are attempting to divide this country will have to reckon with you. The country may forget you for a few years, but one day very soon they will look up to you as the last bastion of the Sinhala.”

Then Ceylon's first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake (1947 – 1952) addressing Sinhala colonists being settled in the Tamil inhabited east in the early days of Ceylon’s independence. From 1936 to 1946 he was the Minister of Agriculture & Lands as well.