I'm referring to the law that gave the Sinhala language prominence. It was called the Sinhala Only Act. At one point Sinhala was the only national language in Sri Lanka. (However, both Tamil and Sinhala are recognized now).
By the way, its generally considered a right to be able to speak your own language in your native land and have it recognized as such.
cdesilva-2, its ignorant people like you that allow these kinds of conflicts to ruin nations. As I said something that was outside your political leanings, you instantly accused me of links to the LTTE. This is false. I really do pity you and people with your mentality.
there was much discrimination against the minorities because post-independence leaders could get popular support by pointing the finger. Tamils in the past were perhaps slightly better off on average in the past, with the best schools and high attendance at university. The Tigers rose to power in the background of this discrimination, ruthlessly killing off other Tamil separatist groups to consolidate their power. They were defeated by the army (and former Eastern division Tigers turned govt supporters) in 2009, with the deaths of many civilians.