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B/N 885 - Sirimavo Bandaranaike Birth Centenary

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Catalogue No. CSL 2152
Stamp Designer: Ms. Wathmi de Zoysa
Sheet Composition: 20 stamps per sheet

The philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a stamp to the value of Rs.15.00 in commemoration of the Centenary Celebrations of the Birth of late Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike, a former Prime Minister

Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike


Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the world's first woman Prime Minister. After the demise of her husband, late Mr.S.W.A.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1959, MadamSirimavo Bandaranaike took over the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party which was founded by her husband. She gave leadership to SLFP and the masses who rallied round the party. She became the country's Prime Minister thrice fullfilling the aspirations of the people and thus accomplished her duty by the party and the people.:

country and acted in such a way as to safeguard the identity and the dignity of the country. She followed the policy of non-alignment in the conduct of foreign affairs and succeeded in securing the international co-operation

Madam Bandaranaike played the role of a peace maker in the Indo-China dispute and also resolved the Kachchathivu problem as well as settled the maritime boundary issue. She sought to resolve the problems of the state-less persons by concluding the Sirima - Shasthiri Pact. She also took steps to nationalize local and foreign assets of companies regardless of any political thereat posed. Two cases in point are nationalization of Petroleum companies and foreign - owned states.

When the country was confronted with a food crisis of a global dimension, she proceeded to adopt measures in the larger interest of the people by imposing certain restrictions even though reluctantly . She thus won international acclaim for the way the crisis was successfully tackled. She activated the production drive in the country prioritizing food production and rendered a yeomen service to the countrymen economically, socially and culturally.

Mrs. Bandaranaike proceeded to resolve problems of the community in a sprit of peace and harmony. She also nationalized assisted schools in the country in order to ensure justice and equity for all. Late Madam Bandaranaike had a long term perspective of the country and a tremendous faith in the rural peasantry. The parental influence she has had in her early childhood and empathy with the fellow countrymen would have immensely contributed to evolving her humanistic approach in her later life.

She closely followed in the footsteps of her late beloved husband whose inspiring moto was " the foremost duty of man is to serve his fellowmen" . She thus accomplished a colossal mission setting an example which is worthy of emulation by all.

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