Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Family Of The President Of Lanka

Mahinda's Familly

Don Alwin Rajapaksa was perhaps the most outstanding democratic politician produced by the Ruhuna region. He vehemently advocated the cause of the Ruhuna peasants throughout his career, while maintaining a quiet demeanour and a steady resolve. The country lost this able and amiable personality on November 7, 1967.

He was born on 5th November 1905 in a hamlet called Madamulana and had his early education at Mandaduva School in Weerakatiya. His father Don David Rajapaksa who held the post of Vidanaracchi in Ihala Valikada Korale, Giruvapattuva in the Hambantota District, sent him for secondary education to Richmond College, Galle. Having completed his school education successfully, he helped his father to manage the family property which consisted of paddy fields and coconut plantations.

He also helped his elder brother D. M. Rajapaksa, who was the State Councillor for Hambantota in attending to affairs of the electorate. Thus he got sufficient experience in the field of politics, but was reluctant to contest the Hambantota seat at the by-election of 1945 on the death of his brother.

Nevertheless, the politically influential people in the area insisted that he should contest the by-election and were finally successful in dragging him into active politics. He won the seat at the by-election and was included in the Committee on Agriculture and Land in the State Council. This gave him a good opportunity to tackle the problem of landlessness of the peasantry of Giruvapattuva. DA adopted a 99-year lease scheme to transfer crown land to landless peasants in five acre plots. For the middle income earners, the land extending from 10 to 50 acres was alienated in the same manner. These measures in fact gave a boost to the paddy and coconut cultivations in Giruva Pattuva.

When the first parliamentary general elections were held in 1947 under the new constitution, the former Hambantota electorate was divided into two, namely, Beliatta and Tissamaharama electorate. Most of Western Giruva Pattuva was included in the Beliatta electorate. D. A. Rajapaksa contested in Beliatta on the UNP ticket and triumphed at the elections.

When S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike was disgruntled over the policies of the United National Party and left it to form the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in 1951, D. A. Rajapaksa who was a close associate of Bandaranaike followed suit. It was the Rajapaksas who gave the maximum strength and support in Ruhuna to Bandaranaike at the general elections of 1952 winning the Beliatta electorate for the SLFP. Later on, in the historic general elections of 1956, which changed the course of our history, D. A. Rajapaksa and the family and their supporters were a source of strength to the MEP coalition. DA was elected MP for Beliatta and in 1959 he was appointed the Minister of Agriculture and Lands.

In fact D. A. Rajapaksa's ups and downs in the political arena are identical to the vicissitudes of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the time. At the general election of 1960, when the SLFP was defeated and the UNP formed a government, DA too lost his seat at Beliatta. But when the UNP government was dissolved and the parliamentary elections were held for the second time in July of the same year, DA once again emerged victorious at Beliatta and was a great inspiration to the government led by Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

He was appointed Deputy Chairman of Committees in Parliament and subsequently Deputy Speaker. When the SLFP lost to the Dudley Senanayake-led UNP in the 1965 elections, DA also lost his parliamentary seat.

Rajapaksas were never bent on making money out of politics. On the contrary, they had sacrificed their material wealth for the sake of politics. At the defeat in the 1965 general elections, DA not only lost his political power but was also devoid of material wealth. During this period all his children, Chamal, Mahinda, Basil, Gothabhaya and Dudley were studying in Colombo and he found it difficult to meet their expenses. He sold his vehicle, leased his coconut lands and went through enormous hardships to sustain the family. When he fell seriously ill in November 1967, there wasn't a vehicle nearby to take him to hospital. When transport was arranged belatedly his heart condition had worsened. After admission to hospital this great servant of the people expired. The people of Giruva Pattuva and Ruhuna lost a great leader.

D. A. Rajapaksa was undoubtedly a politician par excellence and a noble human being. He showed genuine goodwill towards the ordinary masses, moved with them and even joined the workers in his paddy fields in ploughing and harvesting paddy. That explains why the memory of his pleasant, unassuming personality has not faded even thirty five years after his demise.
D. A. Rajapaksa, through his exemplary political career and through wise counselling by his beloved wife Palatuwe Dandina Dissanayake, has guided his children over pitfalls and over rough terrain which politicians encounter in pursuing their objectives. It is up to Chamal, Mahinda and Basil, who also have taken to politics, to live up to his expectations and maintain the dignity and decorum which their father had cultivated even while being a politician.

David Rajapaksha Vidanarachchi

He held the post of Vidanarachchi in Ihala Valikada Korale, Giruvapattuva in the Hambantota District.

D.M. Rajapaksa

State councilor for Hambantota District

Alvin Rajapaksa (1905-1967)

He was one of the founder members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and was also a Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

Maninda Rajapaksa (1945)

He was appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in 2001.


At The Parliment On 2009.05.19



Mahinda Rajapaksa: A man of the Masses
Mahinda Rajapaksa became Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in April 2004. An attorney-at-law, he was first elected to Parliament from the Beliatta seat in 1970, being the youngest member in the house, aged just 24 years. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa had represented the same seat from 1947 to 1965.

Although many of the past leaders of Sri Lanka’s major political parties have been born outside Colombo, hardly any of them truly had roots in rural Sri Lanka. Mahinda is one of this select few. Born in Weeraketiya, Mahinda schooled in Richmond College, Galle, later moving to Nalanda College and Thurstan College, Colombo, only in order to attend secondary school. Throughout his parliamentary career, except for the period from 1994-2001 when he was a minister, he continued his law practice in Tangalle. despite being the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka , Mahinda’s home is in Sri Lanka’s deep-south, a region to whose emancipation he has dedicated his life.

From the very outset of his career, Mahinda has adopted a centre-left political stance, identifying himself with labour rights and becoming a champion of human rights. His interest in world affairs is manifested from the close interest he has taken in finding a peaceful solution to the Middle East problem within the framework of a sovereign Palestinian state. He is also the President of the Sri Lankan Committee for Solidarity with Palestine for past 25 years.

Throughout his career, Mahinda has given leadership to the cause of uplifting youth, striving to achieve a higher quality of education and training (especially in rural areas) as well as working to reduce youth unemployment. Deeply aware of the violent rebellions of 1971 and 1987, which led to the death of thousands of young people especially in the South, Mahinda has worked tirelessly to prevent yet another such tragedy by striving to strengthen the process of representative democracy and working to reduce social and economic barriers. His remarkable record of human rights activities was honored by the Vishva Bharathi University of Culcutta in India with Professor of Emiratus.

Mahinda proved to be a remarkably successful Minister of Labour, despite suffering a major setback in being unable to bring his brainchild, the Worker’s Charter, into law. The charter sought to establish trade union rights, a Wages Commission, social security, a National Trade Union Training Institute and facilities the adjudication of industrial disputes. He also created the Vocational Training Authority to recognize the rising need of unemployed youth. He was equally dynamic Minister of Fisheries, initiating several important programmes such as housing programme for fishermen to improve the lives and livelihood of fisher-folk, and also strengthen the industrial base of the fisheries industry. Inland fisheries too, benefited from these reforms, with the national harvest almost doubling between 1994 and 2001. Infact he initiated the first ever University for Oceanography known as Sagara Vishwavidyalaya. Establishing a Coastal Guard Unit, a much needed security system for an Island nation was one of his remarkable steps taken as the Minister of Fisheries. In addition to the Portfolio of Fisheries, he also held the Portfolio of the Ports and Shipping for a short period of three months. Within this period he started and gazetted the much needed construction of Hambantota Harbour.

In opposition, Mahinda has been both respected and feared. He stood fearlessly against the autocratic regime of Ranasinghe Premadasa ( 1989-93), bravely opposing totalitarianism and working to restore democracy. His jana gosha, pada yatra, peaceful protest campaigns held the then government to ridicule and precipitated the reforms that followed the ascent of D. B. Wijethunga to the presidency. Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed to the post of the opposition Leader in March 2002.

Loyalty to principle and party has been the hallmark of Mahinda’s political philosophy. Loyalty was, after all, what his father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was especially remembered. When the SLFP’s founder, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, crossed over from the UNP to the SLFP in 1951, he was amazed to find that all his promised allies had abandoned him, but for D.A.R., who crossed with him.

A devout Buddhist and an ascetic at heart, worldly wealth has never beckoned to Mahinda. He was honored by the most venerable Malwatte Chapter by offering him an honorary title of “Sri Rohana Janaranjana” in the year 2000 which is a very rare occasion for a citizen of Sri Lanka. Even when he was a cabinet minister, he shunned security and lived the simplest of lives with the family and his sons continuing to attend a suburban missionary school. He was never tainted with the stigma or corruption, and is widely recognized for his integrity. Despite his strong “Southern Buddhist” identity, Mahinda has carefully steered away from bigotry and chauvinism. He has put his support firmly behind the on-going peace process, while warning of a need to look beyond addressing mere grievances, to realizing the full aspirations of the people, whether of the South or the North-East. Indeed, he has been one of the few post-Independence politicians who have found it possible to cast petty politics aside when dealing with national issues, such as the rights of minorities.

It has been written of Mahinda Rajapaksa, “If there walks on this earth today a man whose heart beats as one with the workers of the world, that man is this man.” Mahinda is a leader with his finger firmly on the pulse of the people. He is a rebel with a cause and he has the vision to bring prosperity, peace and equity to all the people of Sri Lanka.


Intranational Schools In Colombo And Near By

Western Province

Adventist International School
458/4, Main Street, Negambo

Again Management Service Pvt Ltd
No: 38, Galle Face, Colombo 03.

Alethea International School (Pvt) Ltd.
15, Srimahabodi Road, Dehiwala
271 4849

Alexor International School
38, Maligawatta Road, Maligawatta.
533 1821

Amal International School
152, Dharmarama Road, Off Havelock Road,
Colombo 06.
259 3224

Belvoir College International
20, Dickman Road, Colombo 05.
258 5253

Buddhist Ladies College
229,Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07.
269 5347
Ceylinco Sussex Colege
28, Jambugasmulla Mawatha,
285 2804

Garnet International School
126, Kandy Road, Thihariya
033 228 9402

Gateway International School
6, Rodney Street, Colombo 08.
269 9327

Gospel Asia International School
54, Jayasooriya Mawatha, Kadana
223 7474

Highlands College
333, Highlevel Road,
282 3810

Ikra International School
282/5, Galle Road,
Colombo 03.
257 6181

International Education Development Centre
4/20, Thalakotuwa Gardens,
Colombo 05
251 2275

J.M.C. International School
166/ 32, Arthasadaka Mw,
Kolonnawa Road,
Demategoda, Colombo. 09.
268 9301

Kingston College International
84, The Lasla Veediya,
Colombo 15
252 7111

Korea College of Education
213, Sunethradevi Road,
551 8143

Lanka Montessori Child Development Academy
34A, Rihgeway Place,
Colombo 04.
259 7480

Leeds International School Pvt. Ltd
105, Ather Vee Dies Mawatha,
038 - 223 2349

Leighton Park International School
79/1, Gregory’s Road,
Colombo 07
269 6815

Louvre Institute
229, High level Road,
285 2694

Lyceum International School
3/1, Raymond Road,
282 9745

Metro International School
4A, Ranjan Road,
Off Station Road,
Colombo 06.
451 1164

Mukarrmah International School
151, Kolonnawa Road,
Colombo 09
535 2788

Negombo South International School
197/ 42, Padiripiyo Mawatha,
031 222 2477

OKI International School
43, Old Negambo Road,
293 0016

Regent International College
5, Miriswatta, Mudungoda,

Rose Education Academy
10, Ratnavali Road, Kalubowila
282 6622

Rotary International School
15/3, Samudradevi Mw,
282 0095

Royal Institute
191, Havelock Road,
Colombo 05.
250 8173

Seventh-day Adventist High School
Rilaulla Road, Kadana.
223 7090

Sipnara Institute Pvt Ltd.
84A, Borella Road,
274 4907

Stafford International School
37, Gilfred Chandrawankaya,
Colombo 07.
269 4592

Thaksala Vidyalaya Ederamulla,
229 3037

The British School in Colombo
P.O.Box.72, Kotte.
287 3566

The Viable Resources
140, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia.
273 3590

Visaka Vidyalaya
62/1, Visaka Road,
033 222 2635

Ward International School
15, Vidyalaya Road, Gampaha.
033 222 2017

Wycherly International School
232, Bauddaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 07.
258 8743

North Western Province

Ai- Javadiya Arabic School
Godakurugama, Hipampola,
037 229 3916

Jenanigs International School
Nainamadama, Wennappuwa
031 225 4187

Lexicon College
Colombo Road, Pubudu Mawatha,
037 222 0805

Royal Educational Services (Pvt) Ltd.
3, Thanayama Road, Kurunegala.
037 223 2079

Royal International School
No: 652, Kandy Road,
Meepitiya, Kegalle
035 222 3910

Wayamba Inter National School
28, Thabrew Mawatha,
Negambo Road, Kurunegala
037 222 2141

Sabaragamuwa Province

Ceylinco Sussex College
36,Old Street, Batugedara,
045 223 0314

Hilburn International
Hiburn Estate,

Southern Province

Leeds International School
321, Kumarathunga Mawatha,
Nupe, Matara
041 439 0334

Leeds International School
270, Wackwella Road, Galle
091 545 8111

Uva Province

Al- Barakaha International School
65/17, Welimada Road,
057 222 2760

Central Province

Akal International School
Matale Road, Kadugala,
081 447 3411

Al- Imran International School
638, Peradeniya Road,
081 447 0886

Gateway International School
88, Riverdale Road, Aniwatta,
081 220 0207

High level International School
Danbar Road, Hatton
051 222 2914

Lexicon College
1/84, Dammadassi Mawatha, Kandy
081 221 4097

Netherfield International School Pvt Ltd
Palliya Kotuwa, Batugoda
081 447 2438

Republican International School
14, Bakers Farm, Mahagastota,
Nuwara Eliya
052 223 4334

Richland International school
3/1, Copiwatta Road, Badulla
055 222 2717

Royal Brideten International School
183, Peradeniya Road, Kandy
081 447 0253

Royal English School
33/22, Somasundaram Road,
Mandandawala, Matale
066 446 0242

Vision International School
7/678, Peradeniya Road,
081 238 9910


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