How much of Sri Lanka’s celebrated wildlife will we have left 25 years hence? Today, a herd of wild elephants coming to drink at a tank is a common sight in Yala, Minneriya and many such places in the island. However, if the dangerous trend of encroaching on the natural habitat of these animals continues, the next few decades could see some of Sri Lanka’s most majestic animal species becoming extinct.
I first met Lalith Athulathmudali at the Joint Operational Headquarters (JOH). At the time I was recalled from retirement and was Chairman, Airport and Aviation Sri Lanka. President J.R. Jayewardene made it clear to me that he had the right to recall me from the regular reserve, which he did and I was appointed Commander JOC.
Buddhist monks and Buddhists in the villages are trying to uphold the traditions and principles enunciated by the Buddha, though unfortunately in urban areas these traditions are disappearing with the fast changing economic situation.
The offering of ‘Katina Cheevaraya’ after the period of 'Vas', before Il Poya is one such tradition and I had the opportunity to make my way to Hantane Raja Maha Vihara in the village of Uduwela where the monks depend purely on the contributions and alms of the villagers.