Friday, 31st July 2015

Features

I have attempted to put down several anecdotal accounts of events and personalities in this country going back over time. My father was an employee of the Government medical service which meant he would be transferred every few years. His calling to serve followed that of both my grandfathers who too were doctors though in two countries. Malaya and Ceylon hailing from Jaffna. One of whom would recount to me waking up at 4am and milking the cows before heading for school and working on the land farming, after school. He went to Malaya by sea before the First World War. Whilst working and...
  • In retrospect: 1952 General Election
On September 2, 1951, the UNP stalwart SWRD Bandaranaike resigned from his ministerial portfolio. His next step was to form another political party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, along with few others who joined him. Presiding over the inaugural meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at Town Hall, he outlined that the real and only reason behind the resignation was that policies he had been pressing from the very beginning had not been implemented, and had been rejected contemptuously in the cabinet. After the unexpected death of the Ceylon’s first Prime Minister D S Senanayake in 1952, Dudley...
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