Ceylon Tea Revisits & Revival EP 8 - UPCOUNTRY TAMILS PART 1

When Ceylon Coffee plantations were destroyed by a cofee blight, their British owners started developing thousands of acres with Tea, which required a large number of manual workers. Most of these workers were recruited from South India, which was undergoing a prolonged drought resulting in famine-situation at the time. Here is the incredible story of Estate Tamils, commonly known as Upcountry Tamils. This is the start of a new segment where I would be looking at the History of Tamil workers imported, their trials, tribulations and development as a vital community of Sri Lanka's social, ecponomical and political structure.
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