National flag :
The symbol of Independence
The national flag or Sinha Kodiya continues to
flutter in homes, shops, schools, temples, churches and other
institutions to mark the Independence of our paradise isle,
especially after the dawn of peace after three decades of turmoil,
conflict and confusion. The national flag was flown high on Friday
in every nook and corner of Sri Lanka as a symbol of true freedom.
Socio-political changes in post-independence era
Some years back I wrote a column for the Daily
News about Lakmahal, the house in which I have lived for half a
century and more. It was about people though, as much as about
place, and it described some aspects of my motherís family,
significant as two of her brothers had been involved in social and
political changes of the post-independence period. It ended with the
events of July 1983 in which both played seminal roles.
A petition in a shoe decides freedom
High on the list of Sri Lankaís national demands
at the outset of the twentieth century was regaining custody of
freedom and independence from British imperialism. The consequential
struggle for independence (Swarajya Satana) showed the workings of
national leaders such as F.R. Senanayake and E.W. Perera who somehow
knocked the British administrators off-balance and forced the
British Crown to put its decisions under the microscope.