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Botswana Regrettably Lifts Its 5-Year Moratorium On Elephant Hunting.

by Anura Guruge

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This is a crying shame BUT was to be expected.

Landlocked and very sparsely populated Botswana is NOT poor by African standards. It makes good money from mining and tourism and has a growing economy. But, elephant hunting is LUCRATIVE money and will, ironically, boost tourism — i.e., and influx of RICH hunters with money to throw around.

Shame. A crying shame.

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by Anura Guruge

Since When Did 1970 Qualify As ‘ANCIENT’ In Sri Lanka … Or For That Matter Anywhere Else?

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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I saw this on Facebook a few minutes ago.

I am NOT sure whether I was MORE amused, bemused or just plain livid.

Yes, Sri Lankans (like our neighbors the Indians) can be very funny — unintentionally. [In my case, as some of you know, it all has to do with my face, features and build. People just laugh when they see me.]



I know quite a few women that will be up in arms about that.

BUT, the irony of ironies.

Ceylon? Sri Lanka?

The country PRIDES itself on having a written historical record going back to 3,000 B.C.

There are extant, well preserved stone ruins dating back to at least 160 B.C.

And some CLOWN has the damn audacity to call 1970 ANCIENT.

Ah, dear, dear, dear.

Here is a genuine, c. 150 BC ruin from Anuradhapura. [Note that it is MY city! Check the first 5 letters.] These are pillars of what used to be a Buddhist monastery. See the finely carved ‘sentinel’ stone at the front. Given that my adoptive father was BIG into culture/history/Buddhism and actually had a part-time job (and he had many in addition to his main job in the Ministry of Education), I, in my youth, spent many an hour wandering through these pillars. It was, as I would refer when older, stone-by-stone tourism with my adoptive father. My kids, who complain that I drag them around boring places (such as cathedrals), have no idea how lucky they are.


Check out the OLD (but not ancient) photos I am preserving
here for posterity.