Tamils of Indian origin in Sri Lanka outnumber North and East Tamils

July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s governing party parliamentarian Prabha Ganeshan says that the population of Tamils of Indian origin in central hills is higher than the North and East Tamils.

Ganeshan says that Tamils of Indian origin could therefore not be sidelined in the process to find a political solution to the ethnic issue.

Ganeshan last week wrote to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to recognize the needs of the Tamils of Indian origin and to ensure that a political solution to the ethnic issue involves them as well.

He said that he had received a letter from the Indian government acknowledging the receipt of his letter, but was yet to receive a response to his request.

“Whenever there is a discussion on a political solution to the ethnic issue, the discussion is focused on the Tamils from the North and East, but attention is not paid to Tamils of Indian origin,” he said.

According to Ganeshan, Tamils of Indian origin need to be included in the process to find a political solution to the ethnic issue.

“The Indian political leaders need to recognize the Tamils of Indian origin. During their visits to the country, they meet with the political leaders of the Tamils from the North and East and not any political leaders representing the Tamils of Indian origin,” Ganeshan said.

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