20 October, 2020

Sri Lanka Diary

A country ravaged by 30 years of brutal war and savage terrorism is today fast becoming the tourist hub of South Asia...

Sri Lanka Diary
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A country ravaged by 30 years of brutal war and savage terrorism, one of whose highlights was the export of the first female human bomber who took out Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, is today fast becoming the tourist hub of South Asia. The transition from terrorism to tourism has been both scintillating and commonsensical. For, Sri Lanka is endowed with almost every natural resource on planet earth, except oil. Instead, it has a galaxy of majestic beaches. I remember how, in the late 1980s, all of the north-east of Sri Lanka was off limits for tourists while the IPKF battled the Tamil Tigers. Except for some intrepid Germans who ran beach resorts from Arugam Bay to Vakarai till the LTTE killed their business.

I had set up the only rest and recuperation camp for soldiers, near Batticaloa, which proved a big hit. Last month, I undertook a nostalgic pilgrimage, doing a half-circle of Sri Lanka, from Colombo-Galle-Pottuvil to...

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