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Tamil question remains an ‘unhealed wound’ in Sri Lanka - The Indian Express

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa-led government has already shown that it “will wear its majoritarianism on its sleeve,” warned The Indian Express in its editorial looking at the outcome of the island’s parliamentary polls, adding that the Tamil national question “remains an unhealed wound”.

"Displays of muscular Sinhala Buddhism in the wake of last year’s Easter killings carried out by a group of Islamist radicals may have overshadowed the long-standing Tamil question, but it remains an unhealed wound,” said the editorial.

“Earlier this year, Sri Lanka withdrew from Resolution 30/1 of the UN Human Rights Council, under which it had committed to fix accountability for war crimes and provide justice and reparations to the Tamil minority,” it noted. 

“Mahinda paid no heed to India’s entreaties after the civil war ended to devolve more powers to Tamil areas. The brothers Rajapaksa are even less likely to pay attention now.”

See the full text of the editorial here.


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