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Indian Tamils Get Lanka Rights, but Equality Remains Elusive

Last week, more than 170,000 Tamils of Indian origin in Sri Lanka got citizenship after a 40-year wait, but analysts say greater efforts are needed for the upliftment of the underprivileged community. The 1.5 million-strong community has been battling for identity for the last 40 years. On October 7, 2003, Parliament passed an amendment to the Citizenship Act, which was endorsed on November 14. These Tamils are descendants of laborers brought by the British from the southern Indian states to work in the island’s plantations, from the 1820s onwards. Though 170,000 more are in the process of registration, analysts believe the backward community has a long way to go before it can climb up Sri Lanka’s totem pole of human development. Full Story

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