Political cartoon from the book Rendering Unto Caesar.
The government is opening a hotline (1956) to deal with language issues within state institutions. Which is good. The only thing is the number. 1956 was the year that Sri Lanka passes the Sinhala-Only Act, which many people connect to the eventual civil war in the country. The act said that Sinhala would be the only national language, something which has since been rolled back in the Constitution, but the effect of a largely Sinhala speaking government service had already happened. It was really a sore spot for a lot of people.
It’s not like the hotline is 1983 (the year of the worst riots), but 1956 is still a bit of an odd number to choose.