The past is not dead | Daily FT

“The past is not dead. It’s not even past” – William Faulkner, Requiem for a NunThe Government recently announced a decision to import 6,000 metric tons of Basmati rice from Pakistan under the provisions of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. Responding to a question from the press, Mass Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella offered his explanation: “Our paddy farmers were not getting a high price for their crops. The idea is to import Basmati rice for those who seek it which in turn will reduce the competition for local rice variants.” Almost immediately, a quipst…

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