Historical Who is Who


1899 - 1959
Sri Lanka


From birth background in Anglican colonial (reflected in his given names Solomon West Ridgeway Dias) Ceylon, during his undergraduate studies in Oxford, he was directly exposed to the philosophical and political debates associated with Indian nationalism. These informed his association with the Ceylon National Congress and subsequent pursuit of independence. In spite of his own acceptance of Buddhist views and direct opposition to Tamil interests, he was assassinated by a Buddhist monk.

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