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Mahatma Gandhi and the Corea Family of Chilaw in Sri Lanka

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi - with a fistful of salt liquified the British Empire
Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi visits the Corea Family in Chilaw
Dominicus Corea - Edirille Bandara (King of Kotte)
'Gandhi - A guest at Sigiriya' Daily News article
Links to other Corea Family Websites

Mahatma Gandhi is widely acclaimed as the Father of India

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 prayers.

' As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.
                                                                  Mahatma Gandhi