Sri Lanka’s first 10 years: The economy

The first Cabinet of Ministers, 1948

The period from 1947 to 1956 in Sri Lanka’s history is, more often than not, presented as an Eden before its Fall. Part of the reason for this was the way in which independence was, and was not, secured. If there was no equivalent here for the mass scale pogroms which greeted India when it secured freedom, it’s because freedom was largely granted, and not won, in Sri Lanka. Independence was a top-to-bottom affair…