How did majoritarinism strain the relations between Sinhala and communities in Sri Lanka?
Dispute between Sinhala and Tamil communities in Sri Lanka:
- The leaders of the Sinhala community sought to secure dominance over government by virtue of their majority.
- In 1956, an Act was passed to recognise Sinhala as the only official language, thus disregarding Tamil.
- The governments followed preferential policies that favoured Sinhala applicants for university positions and government jobs.
- A new constitution stipulated that the state shall protect and foster Buddhism.
- These developments instigated a feeling of alienation among the Sri Lankan Tamils.
Srilankan government adopted majoritarian measure to establish Sinhala Supremacy.in 1956, an Act was passed to recognise Sinhala as the only official language thus diregarding Tamil. A new constitution stipulated that the state shall protect and foster Buddhism. Srilankan Tamils felt that none of the major political parties by the Buddhist sinhala leaders were sensitive to their language and culture. The relations between the Sinhala Nd Tamil communities strained overtime and soon it turned into a civil war. HOPE THIS HELPS :)