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It’s an Elephant-Plantation Conflict. Really!


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‘The elephant-people conflict is complex, and its history dates back to English colonialism. Most elephants lived in the montane forests, with only a minority living in the lowlands. English hunting and coffee planting drove the elephants from the hill-country. Meanwhile English genocide culled the Sinhala people of the rice-growing granaries, and historic paddy lands were seized and turned into game reserves, like Yala or Vilpattu. Any solution has to take this history into account.’

Wow! Such elephantine recall is never found in the endless media debates. Especially when England is hectoring us in Geneva on ‘living well’. What accounts then, for this green pandemic, a wild efflorescence of printed distress wailing the country’s wilderness being cut down for agriculture (see ee Agriculture).

     Such ecological concerns were rarely heard when England imposed plantations. When massive destruction was wrought by the World-Bank-funded Mahaveli Scheme, which promised we’d export electricity to India. When the terrorist war was fueled post-’77 by the Yankee Dicky regime supported by USA, India, England, Japan, Canada, who are now so oi-oi-oi about unjust wars and peaces.

     Corporate environmentalism is another blunt sword aimed against industrializing the country. Food importers are against extending agriculture, and raising its productivity. Much ‘environmental’ funding (IUCN, WWF) comes from corporate oil and tobacco sources!

     What we face is an elephant-plantation conflict. Send the elephants back upcountry? Actually, it is a Human-Plantation Conflict. For this import-export plantation business still rules the economy.

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