Sri Lanka's new government refuses to read the national anthem in Tamil

Sri Lanka's new government refuses to read the national anthem in Tamil

Sri Lanka's new government refuses to read the national anthem in Sri Lanka's second national language, Tamil, during the country's Independence Day celebrations.

According to foreign news agency AP, Sri Lanka's previous government read the national anthem in two main languages ​​of the country during official events to promote ethnic harmony in the country after the civil war.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took over as president last year.

The country's Buddhist practitioners voted against them in large numbers while minority Tamils ​​voted against them.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been the country's top defence official during the civil war, who played a key role in defeating the rebel Tamil Tigers.

Many Tamil civilians were killed or missing in this civil war.

The 72-year-old celebrated independence from Britain with a military parade and air shows in Colombo.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his speech said that he is the president of all communities.

"My vision is to serve as the leader of every citizen of the country, rather than the political leader of a particular community," he said.

"As President, I represent the whole country without any race, religion, party affiliation and other distinctions," he said.

It should be noted that even in the previous government of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the national anthem has been opposed to reading in Tamil.

Tamil politicians requested the president to maintain a tradition of reading the translation in accordance with the national anthem constitution so that it would give the Tamil community a sense of belonging to the state after decades of tension.

Remember that the Tamil Tiger rebels fought for 26 years to achieve an independent state, saying that they have been systematically undermined since independence in the majority Buddhist Sinhalese country.

The Sri Lankan army defeated the rebels in 2009, in which Gotabaya Rajapaksa played a key role as a defence bureaucrat in the government of his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The United Nations cautioned that the civil war killed about one million people in Sri Lanka.

During this period both the Sri Lankan government and the rebels were accused of serious human rights abuses.

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