Estate labour

The article, “In Sri Lanka, a bitter brew” (‘Ground Zero’ page, October 5), shows that as far as the ‘Malayaha’ community in Sri Lanka is concerned, the ground reality remains the same even after Sri Lankan citizenship has been granted to them. It brought back bitter memories for me, of my school days (1964-1970) in a tea estate under the Glenalpin Group, in Badulla, Sri Lanka. I consider myself fortunate when my parents were repatriated to India under the Indo-Ceylon Pact of 1964 and moved to the Nilgiris. There were no decent jobs then for hill country Tamil students even if they managed to become academically accomplished. The tea industry in Sri Lanka may be the country’s economic backbone, but the plight of the labour force is distressing.

V. Dharmalingam,

Gudalur, The Nilgiris

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