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Tamil women working in tea plantation in Elya region. The Tamils of Ceylon are of two categories - the Eelam Tamils of the coastal NorthEast Province, and the Upcountry Tamils of the central highlands of Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. The Eelam Tamils have lived on the island for milennia. The Upcountry Tamils were brought by the British at the beginning of the 19th century from South India to work on the British plantations. The first batch of Tamil labourers came around 1823 from Tamil Nadu, then called the Madras Presidency. In two more decades, the Indian Tamils will complete two centuries of habitation in Sri Lanka.. They have toiled on the Tea, rubber and coconut plantations to make Ceylon prosperous under grueling, and inhuman conditions. When Ceylon was unilaterally granted independence by the British in 1948, there were about one million Eelam Tamils and a little more that one million Upcountry Tamils, out of a total population of about eight million. The Eelam Tamils were in general well off, but the Upcountry Tamils lived in poverty and squalor.

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Tamil women working in tea plantation in Elya region. The Tamils of Ceylon are of two categories - the Eelam Tamils of the coastal NorthEast Province, and the Upcountry Tamils of the central highlands of Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. The Eelam Tamils have lived on the island for milennia. The Upcountry Tamils were brought by the British at the beginning of the 19th century from South India to work on the British plantations. The first batch of Tamil labourers came around 1823 from Tamil Nadu, then called the Madras Presidency. In two more decades, the Indian Tamils will complete two centuries of habitation in Sri Lanka.. They have toiled on the Tea, rubber and coconut plantations to make Ceylon prosperous under grueling, and inhuman conditions. When Ceylon was unilaterally granted independence by the British in 1948, there were about one million Eelam Tamils and a little more that one million Upcountry Tamils, out of a total population of about eight million. The Eelam Tamils were in general well off, but the Upcountry Tamils lived in poverty and squalor.