Language Impact on Nation Building

Understanding of different views and exchange of ideas are the heart of Nation Building
Language has huge role to play
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart" by Nelson Mandela



Government launched Trilingual Policy
It is very good move in the correct direction

A Trilingiual Sri Lanka
Towards Trilingualism
Min.Vasudeva Nanayakkara on the Implementation of the Language Policy

"But long way to go in trem of implementation"

“Do you want two languages and one nation, or one language and two nations?” by Dr. Colvin R. de Silva


National Identity Card (some citizen of the country cannot understand what is written)

In Jaffna (largerly Tamils live in this area)

In Mullaitivu (largerly Tamils live in this area and they were the centre of the attention during the final stages of the war)

  • "Inside Sri Lanka's war-torn North-Eastern Corner" from BBC
  • "Island Language Issue" from Island
  • "Learning from Japan to build a culture of peace in Sri Lanka" from Island