Mahatma Gandhi visited Ceylon in 1927, he
was struck by the country's natural beauty. Gandhi noted it was“unsurpassed on the face of the earth”.
Gandhi described Ceylon as a "resplendent pendant"
on the Indian necklace.
Gandhi presented a spinning wheel to his friend, C.E.
Corea shortly before leaving Chilaw, during his visit to the island.
Years later the great Mahatma met a delegation
from Ceylon. They were very disappointed because Gandhi hardly spoke and appealed to him to say something.He replied: "I
speak when I can improve upon silence..."
A Brief History of Mohandas K. Gandhi by Richard Attenborough
Mohandas K. Gandhi
was born in 1869 to Hindu parents in Gujerat in Western India. He entered an arranged marriage with Kasturbai Makanji when
both were 13 years old. His family later sent him to London to study law, and in 1891 he was admitted to the Inner Temple,
and called to the bar. In Southern Africa he worked ceaselessly to improve the rights of the immigrant Indians. It was there
that he developed his creed of passive resistance against injustice, satyagraha, meaning truth force, and was frequently
jailed as a result of the protests that he led. Before he returned to India with his wife and children in 1915, he had radically
changed the lives of Indians living in Southern Africa.
Back in India, it was not long before he was taking the lead in the long struggle for independence from Britain. He never
wavered in his unshakable belief in nonviolent protest and religious tolerance. When Muslim and Hindu compatriots committed
acts of violence, whether against the British who ruled India, or against each other, he fasted until the fighting ceased.
Independence, when it came in 1947, was not a military victory, but a triumph of human will. To Gandhi's despair, however,
the country was partitioned into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. The last two months of his life were spent trying to end
the appalling violence which ensued, leading him to fast to the brink of death, an act which finally quelled the riots. In
January 1948, at the age of 79, he was killed by an assassin as he walked through a crowed garden in New Delhi to take evening