Thamils Should Not Lose Heart, But Fight Back Peacefully To Regain Their Lost Freedom And Dignity

By: Veluppillai Thangavelu

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is holding Sri Lanka's 65th independence anniversary celebration with pomp and gaiety in Trincomalee this year. The choice of Trincomalee, a once predominantly Thamil dominated district as the venue should not be lost amid complacency.

At the time of independence in 1948 the Thamils constituted 44.51% (33,795) of the population in Trincomalee as compared to Muslims 30.58 % (23,219) and Sinhalese 15.29% (11,606) but today the demography has been drastically altered. The Thamils now (2012) constitute only 30.6% (115,549) Muslims 40.4% (152,854) and Sinhalese 27.0 % (101,991). There is no need to explain why the Thamil population declined so dramatically. In 1827 the Thamils constituted 81.80 % (15,663) of the population, the Muslims only 16.90% (3,245) and Sinhalese a mere 1.3% (250).

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