Out of the 55 Secretaries, the senior-most civil servants of Sri Lanka’s ministries, appointed this week, one was a Tamil, another a Muslim; the rest were Sinhalese.
Recruitment of young Tamils or Muslims into the civil service has been negligible over the past several years; this year there were none.
This is what Tamils mean by 'the Sinhala state'.
The full list of newly appointed Secretaries - and what qualified the lone Tamil for the job - is available here.
On a related note, it’s worth recalling how – and when – Sri Lanka’s armed forces became mono-ethnic.
“in 1962, a policy of recruiting only from the Sinhalese Buddhist community was instituted. This was the beginning of an ethnically pure army.”
Prof. Stanley Tambiah of Harvard University published a book length comment, ‘Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy’, just two years after Sri Lanka’s conflict began. In it he noted,
“[Today, in 1986] the armed forces are filled with Sinhalese and the Tamils are excluded from serving in them. … There has been virtually no recruitment of Tamils into the armed forces, and very little into the police force, for nearly thirty years.”