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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.

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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.

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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.

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