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Isolation of the Tamils
In the 1960s the import of Tamil language literature and films were banned.
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2009 17:55 GMT

The Tamils saw the move to sever cultural contacts as an attempt to isolate them [GALLO/GETTY]
The Sri Lankan government claimed that its 1960s ban on the import of Tamil language films, books, magazines, journals, etc. from Tamil Nadu, India was to save foreign exchange.

However, the Tamils saw this as an attempt to sever their age-old cultural contacts with Indian Tamils and did not buy the government line.

They took it as another governments attempt to isolate them. 

The proscription of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham, a party that championed Tamil rights in India and Sri Lanka, and the Tamil Youth League were also seen in the same light.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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