Tag Archives: February 4

Ahead Of February 4, 2017 Sri Lanka ‘Independence Day’ Some Drawings From 1950s Ceylon.

by Anura Guruge


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This drawings are Copyright protected.







Yes, these are MY drawings, in crayon, when I was about 6 or 7.

For those that are familiar with Ceylon/Sri Lanka the scenes should be recognizable! The beach, with the ships and a kite flyer is Galle Face, in Colombo.

The top picture is of Sri Lankan devil dancers.

A car on the 2nd floor of the house was NOT some aberration. That was actually the case. The house, the house that I lived in, was built on the side of a hill. So there was a level below the car porch, if you viewed the house from the back!

The hunter is a genuine Vedda — the original indigenous folks of the island. I had been out to see them.


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by Anura Guruge


February 3, 2017: A Sad Day, 69th Anniversary Of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. “Raj Ghat” in New Delhi: The memorial in – Memorial marking the cremation spot of Mahatma Gandhi


I only discovered a few years ago, quite accidentally, that February 3, 1948 had been the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

The following day, February 4, 1948 was Independence Day for Ceylon. I was looking for newspaper clippings from February 4, 1948 when I came across a picture of the funeral pyre from February 3.

I was quite taken aback.

His funeral pyre hardly had time to cool before Ceylon was celebrating its Independence. How ironic. We got our Independence on his back. India’s and Ceylon’s independence, 6 months apart, was essentially a joint deal, though it is never portrayed as such.

So, now, ahead of Independence Day I make a point of observing the anniversary of the GREAT MAN’s funeral.


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by Anura Guruge


Ahead Of February 4, 2017 Sri Lanka ‘Independence Day’ Some Old Images Of Ceylon …

by Anura Guruge


These are Public Domain pictures
from the U.S. “Library of Congress”.

[So don’t even THINK about putting copyright notices on them.]

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by Anura Guruge


Since When Was There ‘Occupied Territory’ In Sri Lanka — As Claimed By “National Geographic”.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. “Occupied territory” highlighted. How to access original access shown below.


cv-1116_006-275x400This statement about “occupied territory” appears in the very biased and unflattering article about Sri Lanka in the November 2016 issue of “National Geographic” (which focuses on travel to Mars). It is on page 108 of the printed magazine. See below to access it online.

I am confused.

Since when did Sri Lanka have “occupied territory”?

Does France have “occupied territory”?

Does Italy have “occupied territory”?

So why does Sri Lanka have “occupied territory”?

It was one UNIFIED country when it gained Independence on February 4, 1948.

That land mass, as of February 4, 1948, has not changed.

So where is this “occupied territory”?

 


I found a copy, from “National Geographic” themselves, online!

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Click this image to access ‘NatG’ original.


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by Anura Guruge


Sri Lanka Independence Day 2016 — No Google Doodle As Yet.

by Anura Guruge


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It was 12:05 am in Sri Lanka on Thursday, February 4, 2016 — Independence Day.

But NO Google Doodle for 2016 as YET. But this can change.

So I will keep on checking.

 


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by Anura Guruge


Ahead Of February 4 Sri Lanka Independence Day Let Me Share Some Real Old Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


These are Public Domain pictures.

[So don’t even THINK about putting copyright notices on them.]

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I can, from my time in Ceylon 1953 to 1967, relate to ALL these pictures. I remember Colombo jetty when it was like that I have gone out on launches from that jetty many times to visit ships in the harbour. The Town Hall hasn’t changed any and Galle Face, at least the front, is just as I remember from my time. Peradeniya is much the same. So these are COOL. Not postcards per se. Cigarette Cards — which they used to include in packets. I have found about 240 of these.


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by Anura Guruge


Only Californian Sri Lankans Would Have The Chutzpah To Celebrate Sri Lanka Independence Day On February 6.

by Anura Guruge


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I say it about birthdays and holidays. You can celebrate your birthday any day you want but your birthday is your birthday. It is not a variable feast. Ditto any celebratory DAY. Sri Lanka Independence DAY is February 4. You can celebrate Sri Lanka Independence on the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th or 28th. But Independence Day is February 4th. 

Maybe Google, being California-based, will do a Google Doodle for the 6th rather than the 4th.


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>> Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948.
>> 2015 Independence Day Google Doodle.
>> Ceylon Independence Act.

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by Anura Guruge


Ceylon/Sri Lanka Independence Day — Events Leading Up To 1948 Handover Of Power.

by Anura Guruge


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February 4, 2016 will be the 68th anniversary of Ceylon/Sri Lanka Independence — the great day having occurred in 1948.

If we are lucky Google will do a Doodle, for Sri Lanka Independence Day (which Google called ‘National Day‘), as they did in 2015 & 2013 (and MY request).

Around this time I start combing the Web looking for historic new stories or movie clips related to Independence. This is my first contribution this year.


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>> 2015 Independence Day Google Doodle.
>> Ceylon Independence Act.

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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lanka Google Doodle [After February 4, 2013]: Here It Is.

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by
Anura Guruge


CeylonGoogleDoodleThe related posts:
>> Google Does Doodle For Sri Lanka — Feb. 3, 2013.
>> Google Doodle: Sri Lanka Independence Day —
>>Jan. 26, 2013.


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Sri Lanka Google Doodle: How To Get It After February 4, 2013.

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by
Anura Guruge


CeylonGoogleDoodleThe related posts:
>> Google Does Doodle For Sri Lanka — Feb. 3, 2013.
>> Google Doodle: Sri Lanka Independence Day —
>>Jan. 26, 2013.


Here is the link you want to get to the doodle: it takes you to Google’s Doodle homepage.


All Google Doodles, by definition, have a 24-hour shelf life.

Since it is no longer February 4, 2013 in Sri Lanka the doodle is history. Do not worry. It is not lost. It will appear here shortly.

I will post it from there later on today.

Of course it won’t appear on the search page.


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