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Sri Lankans were, are and will be Turtles in the Ocean not Frogs in the well

From ancient history to present day
Since ancient times, Sri Lankans have engaged in international trade. Our rulers were open to international traders and visitors, such as Fa-Hsien. In addition, Ptolomy, a Greek, depicted Sri Lanka in a world map many centuries ago which indicates that Sri Lanka was on the trade routes of that time. Gems, spices, elephants, ceramics and pottery items were among the products that were exchanged. Though colonial rule and subsequent developments brought about a different economic structure and trading pattern, Sri Lankans continued to capture opportunities arising from the colonial economic exploitation process. That is how the emergence of a local entrepreneurial class took shape. This development is well and vividly presented in Dr. Kumari Jayawardena’s “Nobodies to Somebodies.”


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