Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

U Ba U

On the Way to the 1955 Bandung Conference

The April 1955 Bandung meetings were a testament to Burma's then dynamic international diplomacy. They were also a testament to Mingaladon airport's position as an international aviation hub - everyone had to stop in Rangoon anyway to travel to Indonesia. The photo was taken at Government House, from left to right: North Vietnamese Foreign Minister, later Prime Minister Pham Van Dong; Afghan Foreign Minister HH Sardar Muhammad Naim; Chinese Premier Chou En-lai; President Dr Ba U; Indian Prime Minister Nehru;...

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Ethiopia Emperor in Rangoon

The Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia at Government House in Rangoon. 

Emperor Haile Selassie I (ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ), "the Conquering Lion of Judah", the descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, "Elect of God", who reigned from 1930-1974 and who was of course revered by many Rastafarians as the Messiah.

Haile Selassie is perhaps best known around the world for leading Ethiopia's resistance to the Italian invasion of 1935-6 and his impassioned appeal to the League of Nations. 

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President U Ba U in His Series 62 Cadillac Convertible

President U Ba U waves from his Series 62 Cadillac Convertible whilst driving down Dalhousie Street, Rangoon in January 1956. U Ba U was born in Bassein in 1887 and educated at (Rangoon) Government High School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was a lawyer and judge and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at independence in 1948. He served one term as President (1952-1957). He died in 1963.

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