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Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike Quotes


Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike was married to the prime minister of Ceylon; Solomon Bandaranaike who was assassinated while in office in 1959, this led to a series of events where she became the incidental prime minister of Ceylon. During her 1960 election campaign she won the hearts of the electorate with her emotional speeches despite the opposition branding her the Weeping Widow and not politician material let alone prime ministerial. After winning the 1960 election for her party the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike became the first democratically elected female prime minister in the world had ever known. She went on to be elected 3 times as prime minister in a political career spanning 40 years until her death in 2000. As a stateswoman of high regard finding quotes by her was not a challenge so here are my top six Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike quotes, I hope you enjoy them.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
  • Born: 17th April 1916, Ratnapura, British Colony of Ceylon
  • Died: 10th October 2000, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Occupation: Politician and prime minister
  • Famous for: Becoming the worlds first female prime minister in 1960
  • Terms as prime minister: 21st July 1960 - 25th March 1965, 29th May 1970 - 23rd July 1977, 14th November 1994 - 9th August 2000
  • Political party: Sri Lanka Freedom Party

"History is full of examples of the disastrous consequences that came upon such nations that changed their constitutions by giving one man too much power"

Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike

"The Tamil people must accept the fact that the Sinhala majority will no longer permit themselves to be cheated of their rights"

Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike

"It was far from my mind to achieve any personal glory for myself when I assumed the leadership of the party at the request of its leaders"

Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike

"As a woman and mother, I call upon the nations of the world to desist from violence in their dealings with each other"

Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike

"I came to know at first hand the agony and the ecstasy of the farmer"

Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike

"I would say that joining the Samiti was a landmark in my career"

Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike

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