The thinking behind the creation of this flag set the tone for what was to unfold in post-colonial Sri Lanka. Instead of ensuring the rights and reassuring the fears of minorities, the Tamils (represented here by the saffron stripe) and the Muslims (represented by the green stripe) were only afforded a consolatory place on the national flag, while the brandished sword of the Sinhala lion faced them.While modern day Sri Lanka continues to feverishly preach their ‘oneness’ throughout the world, the institutionalised discrimination of Tamils from the 1950’s through to the current day is symbolised by the Sinhala dominated seven person committee that created this flag.
It said “We are not one, you are different from us and you are smaller than us.”
-Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Tamilness

The thinking behind the creation of this flag set the tone for what was to unfold in post-colonial Sri Lanka. Instead of ensuring the rights and reassuring the fears of minorities, the Tamils (represented here by the saffron stripe) and the Muslims (represented by the green stripe) were only afforded a consolatory place on the national flag, while the brandished sword of the Sinhala lion faced them.
While modern day Sri Lanka continues to feverishly preach their ‘oneness’ throughout the world, the institutionalised discrimination of Tamils from the 1950’s through to the current day is symbolised by the Sinhala dominated seven person committee that created this flag.

It said “We are not one, you are different from us and you are smaller than us.”

-Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Tamilness

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