Sri LankaSri Lan·ka
- Sri Lan′kan
- Country in South Asia. Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka" has been the official name since 1972; prior to that it was Ceylon.
Place names are a source of controversy in Sri Lankan politics, in connection with the Sri Lankan Civil War, and some find “Sri Lanka" to be too Sinhalese. A Tamil name is Eelam, and some Tamil political parties retain “Ceylon" in their name, such as the All Ceylon Tamil Congress and the Ceylon Workers' Congress.