Dinesh Gunawardena has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s newest prime minister, but that’s not the only reason local media are obsessed with him. The fact that his father, Don Philip Rupasinghe Gunawardena, was a key part of the anti-imperialist and anti-colonial campaign, made the media talk about him.
Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka by President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday along with 17 other cabinet members. Gunawardena, a member of parliament from Sri Lanka’s Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP), was sworn in in the capital Colombo in the presence of other senior lawmakers. Here’s everything you need to know about Gunawardena Sr.
Early Life of Don Philip Rupasinghe Gunawardena
Philip Gunawardena was born on January 11, 1901, the fourth of 8 children in the famous Boralugoda family of Don Jacolis Rupasinghe Gunawardena and Doña Lijanora Gunesekera. The leader was educated at Awissawella and then went on to Prince of Wales College (Moratuwa) and Ananda College (Colombo) before continuing on to the University of Colombo. Without completing his college education in Sri Lanka, he went to the United States to study economics at the University of Illinois.
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The late Senior Gunawardena met with freedom fighters Jomo Kenyatta and Jawaharlal Nehru. He also worked with Krishna Menon and Nehru for the Indian League while in London. In 1942 he fled to India and took part in the Indian independence struggle but was arrested and imprisoned. He was returned to Sri Lanka in 1943 and sentenced to six months in prison, the Sri Lanka Guardian reported.
Early political career
He founded the first left political party, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) in 1935 with many of his colleagues, which was the cornerstone of the rebel movement against imperialism and colonialism. Philip had seen many political whirlwinds from each of the country’s leading political leaders. Dinesh Gunawardena’s role in Sri Lankan politics will be crucial as the country’s economy is currently facing its worst economic crisis since independence.
Sri Lanka is facing an acute crisis
The country is bracing for a sharp decline due to a lack of basic raw materials for production, an 80 percent currency devaluation from March 2022, combined with a lack of foreign exchange reserves and the country’s failure to meet its international debt obligations. is struggling to do so, after the election of a new President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to get the country’s people back on track – which