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By Edward C. Sachau

In 1017 CE, on the behest of Sultan Mahmud of Persia, Alberuni, often referred to as Al-Biruni, travelled to India to profit in regards to the Hindus and to debate with them questions of faith, technological know-how and literature and what shaped the very foundation in their civilization. He remained in India for 13 years, his exploration and examine of the rustic gave strategy to a scholarly paintings that, in its profound knowing of virtually all features of Indian lifestyles, remained unrivaled for 8 hundred years.

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The major political consideration of the British was to avert the resurgence of Kandyan nationalism (following the harshly suppressed 1818 rebellion) and the major economic consideration was to open up the Kandyan highlands for capitalist development. The Colebrooke–Cameron Reforms of 1832–1833 laid the framework for dividing the island into five administrative provinces – North, South, East, West, and Central. In violation of the terms of the Kandyan Convention of 1815 which required the British to uphold Kandyan institutions, the separate administration of the Kandyan Provinces was abolished.

It is necessary, however, to recognize that the political questions that have aggravated Sinhala–Tamil relations have been addressed by the Sri Lankan state over the last few decades. Sri Lankan citizenship has been extended to all Tamils of recent Indian origin. Policies that had limited Tamil as well urban Sinhala entry into the university science faculties have long been abandoned. Tamil is a national language in Sri Lanka, a status it does not enjoy in any other country including India which has over 60 million Tamil speaking people.

A democratic approach to conflict resolution requires a framework in which the claims and concerns of all groups can be heard. 91 The narrow focus on identity has led to a failure to see the common oppression of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. 92 To grasp the complexity of the separatist conflict in Sri Lanka it is necessary to move beyond psychologically based interpretations confined to ideology and consciousness and narrow views which see it as either a terrorist or an ethnic problem. It is necessary to examine the complex intersection of cultural and political-economic forces, such as the local and regional ethnoclass segments and international hegemonic interests which have aided terrorism and the ethnic and separatist conflict in Sri Lanka.

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