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Relative Merits: Personal Memoir of the Bandaranaike Family of Sri Lanka


Relative Merits: Personal Memoir of the Bandaranaike Family of Sri Lanka

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    Yasmine Gooneratne(Author)
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Relative Merits A Personal View of the Bandaranaike Family of Sri LankaAround the beginning of the present century, social and political life in the Low Country of Sri Lanka was dominated by a large, wealthy and influential clan whose members bore such surnames as Dias Bandaranaike, Obeyesekere, de Saram, llangakoon, de Livera, Pieris, Sirivardane and D'Alwis. For a few centuries already they had been close to the colonial rulers, adopting their names, customs and religion: first the Portuguese and the Dutch, then the British. Under the last-named, Anglican churchmanship and the attitudes and tastes of the English upper classes were embraced, and the sons of the clan were sent to Britain's ancient universities and Inns of Court, to become in due course leaders in Ceylon's administrative (and sporting) circles.The best-known members of the clan are undoubtedly Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister in 1956-9 - who departed sharply from family tradition by adopting Buddhism and wearing Asian clothes - and his wife Sirimavo, woo became the world's first woman Prime Minister when she succeeded him in office after his assassination. This book presents the famous pair in relation to two or three generations of the clan whose fame never spread outside Sri Lanka. The author (herself born a Dias Bandaranaike) has brought her parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins and their faithful retainers uncannily to life, so that we become not only familiar with their views, habits and eccentricities, but intensely interested in the outcome of this young couple's courtship, this young man's ambitions, and that family quarrel. The author remembers the old régime in its declining years, but is young enough to have enjoyed a freedom unknown to most of her older female relatives.

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  • PDF | 270 pages
  • Yasmine Gooneratne(Author)
  • C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (31 Dec. 1986)
  • English
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