The Guardian takes down quiz question after Sri Lanka government objects to the use of “Eelam”

ECONOMYNEXT – The on-line edition of the Guardian newspaper has taken down a question it asked about islands around the world after the Sri Lankan government objected.

Colombo’s envoy to London High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena wrote to the editors of the newspaper after seeing a question in a travel quiz which read ‘Eelam is an indigenous name for which popular holiday island?’

When a reader selects the correct answer which was Sri Lanka, a further description ‘the full name of the island’s recent military insurgency was LTTE – Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam’ appeared.

Sirisena in her letter said that the word Eelam was used by the LTTE to propagate their ideology of a separate state in Sri Lanka and that it has never been used as an indigenous term for the country. (Colombo May 16, 2020)

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