Genocidal Sri Lanka’s ‘Basha Mandiraya’ (Languages Ministry), marking International Mother Language Day, has called for an essay competition at school level “to sensitise public opinion towards the mother tongue.” The organisers, saying that another aim of this competition is “promoting mutual respect based on the love for one’s mother tongue,” want the participating school children to address their essays to ‘Basha Mandiraya’, said an advertisement in the SL government-run Sunday Observer. The SL ministry should first learn to respect the right of the school children to address the name of the ministry in their mother tongue, commented Tamil education circles in Colombo. Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara is Sri Lanka’s Minister of ‘National Languages and Social Integration’.
The Sinhala State’s ministry has chosen two topics for this year’s essay competition: “My language – Our country” or “Protect the Language – Develop Country”.
Candidates can submit essays in English, Sinhala or Tamil, the Sunday Observer advertisement said.