The mosaic that comprises Sri Lanka’s multiracial society* has since independence presented two pressing problems. The Sinhalese Buddhist majority (Low Country and Kandyan) have had specific economic grievances against the leading ethnic minority, the Ceylon and Indian Tamils, and the principal religious grouping the Roman Catholics in particular, as well as the Protestants (comprising Sinhalese, Tamils and Burghers). By 1978, the Sinhalese Buddhists had had the balance more than redressed on their behalf by successive governments in the post-1956 phase. This has especially been so in the employment, educational and commercial sectors.
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