Solomon Bandaranaike

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Bandaranaike, Solomon


Born Jan. 8, 1899, in Colombo; died there, Sept. 26,1959. Politician and statesman of Ceylon (since 1972, the Republic of Sri Lanka).

In 1925, Bandaranaike joined the Ceylon National Congress and soon became one of its leaders. He held various offices in the British colonial administration. Between 1947 and 1951 he was minister of health. In 1951 Bandaranaike formed the Ceylon Freedom Party, which united the Sinhalese national bourgeoisie. In 1956 he became head of the government (1956–59), which took measures to strengthen political independence and develop the national economy. In 1959, Bandaranaike was assassinated by henchmen of reactionaries, who had organized a plot against him.

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'S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike (Prime Minister) was assassinated because of his attempts at conciliation with the minorities.
Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was assassinated because of his attempts at conciliation with the minorities.
1959 Sri Lankan Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is assassinated.
Former Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike too was criticised using the same language and he was assassinated three and a half years into his term, the President noted.
He said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) now follows Chandrika Bandaranaike principles instead of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike principles.
Sweden, May 6 -- I don't think that anybody can deny the fact that how late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and his wife late Sirimavo Bandaranaike helped to build a very strong relation with all the Arab countries.
(7.) Speeches and Writings: S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Ceylon: The Government Press, 1963, 161.
The SLFP ruled from 1956-65, with a short hiatus in 1960, first under S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and then, after his assassination in 1959, under his widow, Sirimavo, the world's first female chief executive in modern times.
In 1956, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) systematically mobilized a much more homogeneous Sinhala voter than the liberal leaning United National Party (UNP) had ever attempted.
In the early 1950s, however, the charismatic leader S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike altered Sri Lanka's political landscape forever by vocally advocating an overtly populist, pro-Sinhalese political agenda.
The decision to have the statue erected next to that of her husband S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was taken by Central Committee of the Freedom Party chaired by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Bandaranaike's daughter.
Her father, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, was elected in the 1950s on a platform that incorporated the proletariat into the political power structure, privileging the Sinhalas and helping to spawn Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism; her mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, succeeded S.W.R.D.