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Language Split

Language Split

Language Split [Illustration by Anup Singh] November 18: The English language is believed to have caused one of Sri Lanka’s leading political parties to split. How? Well, the party’s leader, being a member of the upper class, spoke in English during press conferences, a language his local language-speaking cadre or party members could not fathom.

A Girl Soldier Speaks Out

A Girl Soldier Speaks Out

September 8: At seven Arumuyam Malar could handle a gun better than a pencil. At eight she could handle the wireless radio and knew how to use hand grenades and semi-automatic rifles. As an ‘Eelam tigress’, or a child guerrilla of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, she was told that she had to fight till the end for her Tamil homeland or Eelam — and commit suicide by taking a cyanide pill upon capture.

Orphanage for Elephants

Orphanage for Elephants

July 15: Five baby elephants were very sad. They were being returned to the forest. In fact, they broke into tears. But why were they sad to return home? Orphanage for Elephants [Illustration by Sandeep Johri] Because they had fallen in love with the orphanage they were staying in before they were returned to the forest.

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