Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral Took Place The Day Before Ceylon Independence Day, February 4, 1948!
by Anura Guruge
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I did NOT know this!
To be honest, though I, of course, knew of the tragic assassination (and I have watched the movie at least thrice) I would not have been able to tell you exactly WHEN that pivotal event happened. It was January 30, 1948. I knew it was shortly after Indian independence in August 1947.
Today, for the heck of it, I was browsing through Google’s very disappointing (in that it is slapshot and inadequate) Newspaper Archive looking for stories of Ceylon’s independence when I saw the headlines and picture (below) in an Indian Newspaper from Madras. I was shocked. I had no idea.
Wow. I wonder how many Sri Lankans know this. The irony. Ceylon gets Independence 4 days after the Mahatma is assassinated. Wow.
I will in future never think of Ceylon Independence
WITHOUT connecting it with the Mahatma’s untimely passing.
Yes, I admire him greatly and think of his sayings, often, especially about respecting the labors of others.