Sinhalisation is a term that has number of meanings in Sri Lanka. Etymologically it is derived from Sinhala.


From a sociological point of view it could mean the assimilation of ethno cultural minorities in Sri Lanka such as the Sri Lankan Tamils, Colombo Chetties and indigenous Veddas into the majority Sinhalese identity. [1]

It is specially noted with respect to Sinhalese speaking Catholics of the coastal areas of the island nation.[2]

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From a political point of view it could mean the Sinhala language favouring policies PS[›]of the post colonial governments of Sri Lanka that is considered to be a major cause [4] of the current Sri Lankan civil war. It is termed as culturo-ideological exclusivism by some which is a sense in which one's cultural values and norms are absolutised in such a manner that a particular way of life is enshrined as superior to all others and must therefore be adopted by others (e.g. the Tamil reaction to the perceived "Sinhalisation" processes of the Sri Lankan state)[5]

It was said to be triggering cause of the abortive coup by disgruntled Catholic army officers in 1962. [6]

Currently some observers note that Sri Lankan political parties such as JHU and JVP adhere to a policy of political Sinhalisation process. [7]

The Term usage in India

Media in India use the word "Sinhalisation" for mentioning the process which the Sri Lankan government funded and sponsored settlement of Sinhala people in the Tamil dominant regions to make the places as multi ethic. Some reports claims that the Sinhalese and Sinhala military families are settled on the houses which are build by the money given by the Indian government for the welfare of the Tamil people.


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See also


External links

  • Sinhalization of the Vanni Mainland
  • Colombo Telegraph
  • Sinhalisation of a costal village in Puttalam district
  • Sinhalisation of the Vedda community
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