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South Asia s Kaisers

South Asia's Kaisers GPD THF Tamil-Sinhalese violence is simmering down. The shops are open once again. A paradise (if there was one) is how Air Lanka describes Sri Lanka in an ad Which is seen in every other glossy magazine. The ad shows a small island surrounded by cool, blue sea. The picture evokes eternal peace and tranquility. The Buddhist ideal of peace is realised here, one tends to think. Peace is a constant refrain in Oriental philosophy. The picture tells you that the Ideal is reality in Sri Lanka. Come to this "paradise. See for yourself the idyllic beauty of the island, serene calm of this land! This, however, has not been the case. The minorities are being subjected to brutal violence all over Asia. So it is now Sri Lanka's turn. There are three million Tamils there. The Sinhalese wish that they were not there. So far they have acted in the belief that they do not exist. The lead was given way back in 1958 when Ban dara- naike decided that there is no such language as Tamil. His image, like Nehru's was of a statesman above communal thought. This helped put through a patently chauvinistic policy. The tension has been mounting since. It was bound to burst out into open violence.

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