This is not how wars are fought in other countries. We have seen how Iraq was bombed. We have seen how Afghanistan is bombed. It must be made clear that before accusing others, you must have the strength to know what you do yourselfRajapaksa urges LTTE rebels to surrender Apr 30, 2009
The video footage clearly shows that the people are defying the rebels and are escaping. They are running for safety35,000 civilians flee Sri Lanka rebel zone Apr 20, 2009
We should pay the gratitude of the whole nation to those heroic soldiers who achieved that victorySri Lanka pushes on after key rebel defeat Jan 03, 2009
Our government would only be ready to talk to this illegal armed group when it is ready to commit itself to decommissioning of its illicit weapons and dismantling of its military capability, and return to the democratic foldRajapaksa calls on LTTE to end violence Sep 24, 2008
But I would like to assure you that none of those interested parties can put the brakes on Sri Lanka's determined battle against ruthless terrorismSri Lankan citizens urged to fight terror Dec 11, 2007
Percy Mahendra "Mahinda" Rajapaksa (Sinhala මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ, pronounced ; Tamil மகிந்த ராசபக்ச; born November 18, 1945) is the 6th and current President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. A lawyer by profession, Rajapaksa was first elected to the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 1970, and served as prime minister from April 6, 2004 until his victory in the 2005 Presidential election. He was sworn in for a six-year term as president on November 19, 2005. He was re-elected for a second term in office on January 27, 2010.
Rajapaksa was born in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. D.M. Rajapaksa, his uncle, was a State Councillor for Hambantota in the 1930s who started wearing the earthy brown shawl to represent kurakkan (finger millet) cultivated by the people of his area, whose cause he championed throughout his life. It is from his example that Rajapaksa wears his characteristic shawl.
Rajapaksa was educated at Richmond College, Galle before moving to Nalanda College Colombo and later Thurstan College, Colombo. He also had a few cameo roles as a movie actor in Sinhalese movies and worked as a library assistant at Vidyodaya University.