Madam Shiranthi Rajapakse:
First Lady of Sri Lanka
PROFILE: The First Lady was a close associate and friend of mine
since the late seventies and I have known her intimately for several
years. I wish to write a few words about her.
HAPPY MODEL FAMILY: President Mahinda Rajapakse, Madam Shiranthi
Rajapakse and their three sons - Namal, Yoshitha and Rohitha.
She is the gift of the Lord Almighty received by her dear parents -
late Commander E. P. Wickramasinghe and Mrs. Violet Wickramasinghe.
Nisantha Wickramasinghe and Srimal Wickramasinghe are her brothers.
She is blessed with an overwhelming grace of kindness, friendliness
and is of a charitable nature. She is also a graceful person and devoted
wife and a duty bound mother. All this goes to describe the sparkling
gem detected in 1983 by Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo.
She enters the annals of history as the fourth First Lady of Sri
Lanka as a dedicated wife of the Fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka.
She had her secondary education at Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya
and was brought up in an environment of peace and well-disciplined
atmosphere - within the school and at her home.
She excelled at school both in fields of education and sports
activities and was considered a brilliant all-rounder. While in school
she played netball, hockey and tennis where she represented her school
with records of leadership in many achievements. This brought honour to
her Alma Mater in a competitive world of sports.
Miss Sri Lanka
She entered the limelight when she was crowned 'Miss Sri Lanka 1978'
and reigned as the most beautiful women of Sri Lanka. She also had the
distinction of being placed amongst the choice of the finalists at the
Miss Universe contest held in Athens. She was also qualified for the
Miss World contest that year and brought fame to the island.
She continued her education leading into the field of child
psychology and preschool education. For this, she holds a diploma from a
In 1983, she married the debonair young Mahinda who had by then
completed successfully as an Attorney-at-Law with specialisation in
FIRST LADY: Madam Shiranthi Rajapakse
At the time Shiranthi got married, Mahinda was a very prominent
lawyer and also the youngest Member of Parliament from the Sri Lanka
Freedom Party (SLFP).
This took place in 1983, a fusion of one glamorous lady to a glorious
man as her husband, which resulted on the birth of three boys - Namal,
Yoshitha and Rohitha.
The birth of these three children adorned the glorious family with
lots of love and foretold a fortunate future for the young family.
Namal at present, having completed his GCE Advanced Level at S.
Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia is reading for his Degree-in-Law with
special emphasis on Criminal Law. He also happens to be a star-studded
ruggerite who also with his brothers Yoshitha and Rohitha excelled at
rugby for their college.
The two younger boys are studying for their Advanced Level and
Ordinary Level respectively at STC. The children are dramatists and also
Their natures of being charitable, dependable, well disciplined and
graceful is also the characteristics of their parents and they have been
inculcated to them by their parents.
The parents spend most of their free-time with the children guiding
them at home on their day-to-day activities mainly on their studies.
Thus the parental love and sacrifice overshadowing the children has
brought in plenty of courage and determination among the children. They
are also able to face the world with competence, dignity and confidence.
The President would share his opinions to say that his success in
politics that paved the way to the Presidency was designed for him many
years back. In fact with the support, and guidance brought into his
nest, his home through his beloved wife and the three young sons.
Start of public life
The President started his public life as a young lawyer, Member of
Parliament, Minister of Labour, Minister of Fisheries, Leader of
Opposition and as Prime Minister. Shiranthi's support gave the President
courage to face the world of challenges, which was laid ahead on every
step of the long successful ladder, where he reached to Presidency.
Madam Rajapakse being a professional in the field of child psychology
and pre-school education established six pre-schools in Colombo and down
South Tangalle, Beliatta, Ranna, Walasmulla and Weeraketiya. Each years
over 600 young children are enrolled and 25 teachers are employed in
Her vision is to give the future generation a good foundation with a
high standards of discipline, knowledge, mental advancement, love to all
and the upbringing of a dutiful society for the country. Madam Rajapakse,
is the Principal of all Carlton Schools in Colombo and down South.
She engages herself giving her best to these schools. At most times
during the week, she visits these pre-schools in Colombo and the
pre-schools in the South fortnightly.
With her personal guidance, sacrifice and excellent planning, these
pre-schools are performing with the correct perspective and would lead
the way for a better future for the children studying in these schools.
She intends to continue to serve these preschools.
The poor in society
Madam Rajapakse is a personality much concerned about the upbringing
and development of the less privileged society.
She is gifted with a deep love for children and personally has a
close touch for those with less privileges. I have observed personally
one such case where she is bringing up a student from a less privileged
family, educating him in a Colombo school.
He plays rugby for the school in the under 13 team, and has been
blessed with her kindness which promises a brighter future.
This First Lady has been a tower of strength to the less privileged
society. When she observes the requirements of schoolbooks, uniforms for
those children, she extends her warmth to provide these facilities.
When such children excel in sports, and require assistance both
financially and otherwise to represent Sri Lanka and abroad, she had
extended her hand to support them. She also extends her hand on personal
levels too. That is the poor sick people undergoing surgeries and also
to the poor people in times of bereavements.
She takes up her time in Hospital Committees and it is her objective
to see that all Government hospitals have the needed facilities, also
ensuring hygienic standards and cleanliness.
This interest caused her to observe many shortcomings in the
maternity ward of the Beliatta Hospital and she was able to obtain
financial assistance from the Czechoslovakian Government to provide the
required equipment for the maternity ward at Beliatta Hospital.
Now the Hospital has clean wards along with all other facilities to
provide an excellent service for women warded in the hospital for
childbirth and gynaecology related problems. She intends to develop
other hospitals, which have many shortcomings.
The people of this country wish Madam Rajapakse well along with the
President who was elected to the highest position in the country, due to
the love and devotion extended to him by the people of Sri Lanka.
His 'Mahinda Chinthana' will certainly achieve success, development
and a country graced and fulfilled with peace. May he be blessed to
serve many fruitful years along his future journey and may his wishes be
strengthened by the support of his devoted wife.
May we offer Choicest Blessings of the people. May the Triple Gem and
God Almighty shower blessings on President Mahinda Rajapakse, the First
Lady Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapakse and their three children.