Indian stamp

This is the postage stamp ceremoniously issued by India to commemorate the 200-year history of Indian-origin Tamils in Sri Lanka. BJP national president JP Nadda released the stamp, in late December, at the BJP central office, marked by speeches highlighting the community’s hardships and the Modi government’s commitment to their welfare.

The timing of the event, just months before India’s 2024 Lok Sabha elections, raised eyebrows. Nadda’s emphasis on the BJP’s and Modi’s concern for the community aligns with attempts to woo Tamil voters, a significant demographic in India.

The stamp itself, depicting tea leaves, symbolizes both the economic contributions and cultural roots of Indian-origin Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Senthil Thondaman, Governor of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, joined Nadda as a special guest, praising Modi’s support for Sri Lanka during its economic crisis and highlighting the Indian-origin Tamils as the island’s third-largest ethnic group.

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