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From 50 Years Ago: An Illustrious Asian.

Weekly Note from Volume XI, No 40, October 3, 1959.

It is not unoften that those who have sought to rule by law have perished by the sword or the gun. Shri Solomon Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon, is the latest victim of this perverse logic in the affairs of men. Whatever posterity may say of his role as a statesman in a critical period of the history of Ceylon, ‘Sword’ Bandaranaike was no man of violence. Was he then cast in the mould of a martyr? There was perhaps a streak of the ascetic in him, but he was also a suave and sophisticated man of the world. No one might have labelled him a ‘mahatma’, least of all he; yet it was a measure of his high-mindedness that even as the assassin was reaching for his murderous weapon, the Prime Minister was bowing be-fore the saffron robe the intruder was wearing. It will take some time and much investigation before the motive for the murder can be established. But as Ceylon mourns her greatest statesman of the post-Independence era, Asia and the rest of the world also mourn a friend of peace and a crusader seeking the brotherhood of man. Shri Bandaranaike came to politics through the Bar and the Municipal Council of Colom-bo. The accomplished speaker of Oxford soon found himself using his eloquence for the freedom of his country. He was a founder member of the United National Party which took over power from Britain. Shri Bandara-naike entered Parliament in 1931 and was its member until his tragic death.

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