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Biased, Unflattering & Inaccurate Article About “Sri Lanka” In The November 2016 “National Geographic”.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. I took a picture of it. Not sure you can find it online unless you have a valid 'NatG' subscription.

Click to ENLARGE. I took a picture of it. Not sure you can find it online unless you have a valid ‘NatG’ subscription.

cv-1116_006-275x400This article was in the November 2016 issue of “National Geographic” (which focuses on travel to Mars). It is on page 108 (and you can read the title in the image above).

I started reading it with much anticipation. However, I did NOT have to get far ….

Intentionally, or otherwise, a very STRONG Tamil-bias comes across.

That is very infuriating, especially from a magazine of the stature and credentials of “National Geographic”.

Those that know me know that I am very much into a multi-ethnic, multi-religious Sri Lanka — as it was in my time. So this slanted coverage just upsets me.

Some factual errors too. You can read that article and come away thinking that there are NO Christians in Sri Lanka — especially in Colombo.

IF you are interested and have skin in the game get a copy, somehow, and read. Then there should be some official comments directed to the magazine.

I found a copy, from “National Geographic” themselves, online!



Click this image to access ‘NatG’ original.

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by Anura Guruge

Man Eating Leopards — Yes, There Are, Mainly In India, But Sometimes In Sri Lanka.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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From a Sri Lankan paper. Click image to access original — from 2011.

My early morning post about the leopard in India — and my claim that it could turn into a maneater got me thinking. As I did say, I kind of knew that leopards are not, naturally, aggressive towards humans.

And that appears to be the case. But, there are also cases of man-eating, which is a shame.

I LIKE all BIG cats but have a soft spot for leopards. Leopards are the ONLY BIG cats found in Sri Lanka. That seems incongruous when you realize that the Sri Lankan National Flag FEATURES a lion — rampant. WTF? Has to do with the origin of the majority race — the Sinhalese. (And yes, I am, as far as I know, Sinhalese.) The Sinhalese came to Ceylon (the old name) from what is now Afghanistan/Iran etc. ‘Sinha‘, as with the Sikh ‘Singh’, means LION. So we are a race name after the LION that live in a country that only has leopards. And that is why I always though ‘Tamil Tigers‘ was a really stupid name. We have no tigers — but that is par for the course for Tamils. They get easily confused. C’est la vie.

Just thought I will share this with you while it was on my mind. SMILE.

BBC & My Man ‘Desmond Tutu’ SLAM Sri Lanka Ahead Of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 Meeting.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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I don’t really know why I feel the need to defend Sri Lanka given that my links to that country are now tenuous at best — especially since I now realize I am adopted and have no real idea as to who my parents were other than my biological father ‘was a gambler’ (which I take as typical Sri Lankan talk to mean that he was a ‘playboy’ — which I think is real neat and goes to prove that it is indeed very true that ‘the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree’. I have not lived in Ceylon/Sri Lanka since August 1967, and I relinquished my citizenship in 1983. So, whether they believe it or not in Israel, I have not held a Sri Lankan passport since then.

So that said, I find the BBC allegations a bit hard to swallow. Yes, I appreciate that most Sri Lankan men are ‘reprobates’ when it comes to ‘lusting after women’. A genetic trait. I also think that the first real crush I had, when I was but 8, was for a tamil girl who lived nearby — at least 6 years older than me, lily white(!) and a national musician; but then again, all my male cousins had a crush on her too and my adoptive parents treated her as another one of their adoptive kids. So, I appreciate that there can be exceptions.

But, I find it hard to believe that most Sinhalese men would rape tamil women unless they were ordered to do so — and even then would only do so under tremendous coercion! It is also a terrible crime. Many of these Sinhalese men will also be Buddhists. So, putting all of this together I am skeptical about the allegations. I AM SURE that there has been isolated incidents — Sri Lankan men, like Clinton, often having trouble keeping their lust in check. But, widespread …. I am skeptical, though I have no evidence either way. Just my perception of things.

As to my man, Desmond, slamming Sri Lanka. What can I say. Desmond really should think about going out in a blaze of glory and the top of his game rather than getting involved in issues that he is not an expert and as such can say things that he will later regret. That is my take.