Mangala bids adieu (Video)

Final rites of former minister – Mangala Samaraweera, who lost his life to Covid-19, was held in Colombo today (24) itself.

The cremation was held at 6.00pm at the Borella cemetery, according to Covid-19 regulations.

Mangala was a dreamer and as he pointed out in 2019 when he reached the milestone marking 30 years in politics. “Thirty years ago this month, when I first entered Parliament, my head was full of dreams; dreams for my beloved country, dreams for our people and also dreams for myself,” he said.

“Thirty years later, I still remain a dreamer. Many of the dreams I dreamt for my country still are unfulfilled but I feel that I may have been able to make a little difference along the way thanks to some of the very special people whom I had the privilege of associating,” he had added.

Speaking of dreams, he once lovingly referred to one of his beloved mother’s musical favourites  – Julie Garland’sOver the Rainbow‘.

“Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dream of
Dreams really do come true”

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops that’s where
You’ll find me”

Rest in Peace Mangala. Hope your dreams do come true… somewhere over the rainbow ?

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