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Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai is Economical With the Truth

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai is Economical With the Truth

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Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner is economical with the truthTo return or not to return? 21 October 2012,http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/to-return-or-not-to-return/article4017359.ece 1.
Tamil has attained the status of official
language on a par with Sinhala’’:
 It is on paper only
not in practice:''The facilities for communicating with the central government in obtaining its services in Tamil areminimal. This situation amounts to a violation of constitutional rights of the Tamil speaking citizensof the country. Apart from the indignities they are made to suffer, they are put into innumerableinconveniences in transacting business with the government. The provincial administrationincluding that of the North East miserably fail in serving citizens inhabiting those areas who are notproficient in the language of the administration of the respective province in their own language
which has Official Language status’'
- Reflections on Issues of Language in Sri Lanka: Power, Exclusionand Inclusion, Prof Sasanka Perera, http://groundviews.org/2011/10/24/reflections-on-issues-of-language-in-sri-lanka-power-exclusion-and-inclusion/ 2.
“The military presence in North has been drastically reduced’’:
 Any visitor to the area is stunned by the sheer size of militarisation:
More than three years after winning the war against the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Army retains anoverwhelming presence in the North and East of the island, deploying 16 out of its 19 divisions in theTamil-dominated regions. The information, from an internal Sri Lankan military document showingthe deployment in a series of maps for a PowerPoint presentation, is for the month of June 2012,but there have been no significant changes since then
- Sri Lankan Army still has vast presence inNorth & East, 19 September 2012, http://www.thehindu.com/news/article3915391.ece 
3. ‘’
While the Eastern Province is being rebuilt through a mega-development
programme, ‘KilakkinUdhayam’ another programme ‘Vadakkin Vasantham’ bringing in devel
opment to the Northern
‘’The political strategy behind these two development projects was not concealed from the outset,
given that the government authorities have interpreted them as a part of their larger projects of integrating ethnic minorities into the state and development. Against the background of the end of 
thirty years of ethnic civil war, the current regime is compelled to win over minority people’s
or passive consent towards the state. In this sense, development is not only about people’seconomic well being but also about political consolidation of state power’’
- Uthuru Wasanthaya AndNegenahira Navodaya: Analyzing The Development Discourse, Sumith Chaaminda, 24 March 2012,http://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/uthuru-wasanthaya-and-negenahira-navodaya-analyzing-the-development-discourse/ 4.
The Deputy High Commission also screened a film on rehabilitation and reconstruction going onin the country with the help of the army, seeking to reassure the refugees that situation had becomenormal for them to return. The film included a scene in which army personnel offer worship at awell-
decorated temple’’

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