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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

The changes we saw for worse since 1975


When I left my motherland on an assignment to the gulf in mid-1975 we had our version of the iron lady and the first woman prime minister of the world Sirimavo Bandaranaike was heading the government with a powerful cabinet of 22 ministers.

They were highly qualified and proficient with the subjects they were assigned.

Some of the cream of personalities who served then in the cabinet are Dr N.M.Perera -finance, Pieter Keuneman housing & construction, Leslie Goonewardena communication & transport, Colvin R de Silva plantation industries & constitution, Felix Dias Bandaranaike home affairs & justice, Dr. Badi Uddin Mohamed education, Maithripala Senanayake power & highway, Chelliah Kumarasuriyar post & telecommunication.

Sirimavo had better control of her government than any men followed her as prime minister or president of our country.

She also commanded high respect from all the non-aligned countries then. We recall one non-aligned conference held in Colombo during her time and which was chaired by her.

The most important thing is the peaceful coexistence we saw in the country while she was in power.

Racial differences were never used as an issue during elections and candidates were chosen purely on merit.

Corruption was never heard of. Sadly, I saw a change for worse every year I visited my beloved homeland after her exit from the leadership.

I need not elaborate on the current situation in the country which is the worst ever for everyone to see.

As the quote goes: ‘’We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us.’’

Isn’t it time we put things in reverse gear at least for the sake of the young generation?

- Asian Tribune -

The changes we saw for worse since 1975
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