Sri Lanka:British celebrities, MPs endorse Mercy Mission to Vanni
Britain bears the crucial duty to ensure that Tamils can live freely in their own independent state in Sri Lanka. After all, a British administrative decision has removed the Tamils independent State in Sri Lanka in 1833.
During the British colonial power in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon), which came to Sri Lanka in 1796, British found Sri Lanka with two independent states: (1) one Sinhalese independent State in the South, and a (2) one Tamil independent State consisting North and East. British combined these two states into one state for administrative convenience in 1833. This combined Sri Lanka made 72% Sinhalese and 18% Tamils. Consequently the Tamils are made into minority second class citizens in Sri Lanka.
Due to high aspiration to education, Tamils held many high posts during the British colonial system; however which always had been seen with jealously from the Sinhalese majority. Hence when the British left Sri Lanka in 1948, the Sinhalese majority immediately started exercising oppression towards the Tamils ‘minority’, which is a word that should have never been in Tamils history if it were not for the British. Thus Britain bears the primary responsibility to restore justice and independent state for Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Portuguese held the Sri Lankan Island since 1505 to 1658. Dutch held the Sri Lankan Island since 1658 to 1796. However Portuguese and Dutch ruled the Tamil and Sinhalese kingdoms separately.
British celebrities, MPs endorse Mercy Mission to Vanni [TamilNet, Thursday, 02 April 2009, 05:34 GMT]
A global appeal event for the "Mercy Mission," a ship carrying relief and medical supplies to Vanni, was held Tuesday at the Royal Horseguards, UK, attended by several British Members of Parliament, celebrities to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka to the public, organizers of the event said. The event was sponsored by "Act Now" and several Tamil charities. A petition addressed to the President of Sri Lanka was signed by the attending MPs and other celebrities, and the organizers said that the petition will be circulated to political leaders and other celebrities in US, Europe, Canada and Australia before the petition is sent to Colombo.
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