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‘D. A. Rajapaksa left exemplary legacy of public service’

The four sons of late Parliamentarian D.A. Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP were at the BMICH yesterday evening to hear his 42 Commemorative oration delivered by Prof Karunaratna Hangawatte, of the University of Nevada, USA.

Ministers, members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the clergy and other distinguished invitees were present at the event. Prof Hangawatte’s lecture was on Building Social Capital on the Foundation of National Unity for a Resurgent Sri Lanka.

In the oration he said D.A. Rajapaksa has left an exemplary legacy of public service and a set of values rooted in the Sri Lankan heritage. Sri Lankan heritage is rooted in Buddhism and is influenced by the philosophical doctrines and practices of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, particularly characterized by the values of compassion unity and caring for others.

This year’s commemoration is very significant because the year 2009 marks an important milestone in the history of Sri Lanka. Driven by the legacy of the late D.A. Rajapaksa, his progeny had led the way to finally free the nation from the grip of violent and vicious terror that had plagued Sri Lanka for several decades. It was no secret that the national and international community stand in gratitude and salutes the President for his unwavering leadership, our defence leaders and personnel for their enormous sacrifices, the public servants and the civic community for bearing the burden of untold suffering,” Prof Hangawatta said.

 

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