President Mahinda Rajapaksa has initiated a new era in the country with the assumption of office for the second term.
At a time when the country was being liberated from the colonial shackles of several centuries, Mahinda Rajapaksa was born in Hambantota. He entered Parliament in 1970 with a political legacy inherited from his father’s side. He was the youngest Parliamentarian to enter the Parliament at that time. Mahinda Rajapaksa also stayed with the people at all times like to his father, a leader of farmers who understood the problems of the rural masses. As such he received the people’s blessings to continue his political journey for 40 years and finally reach the zenith of his political carrier. He did not leave the people during good as well as the bad times. During the era of terror he raised his voice before the Courts against unfair abductions and ruthless killings.
Amongst many obstacles the fearless lawyer took with him the people’s voice to Geneva. Once he was sent to jail for voicing the people’s needs. He always fulfilled his duties accurately and broke new paths to improve the people’s lives. Fishermen were given a better deal while he was serving as Fisheries Minister. The Labour Ordinance was crafted and Vocational Training Institutes were set up. He provided the opportunity for the people to breathe a sigh of relief after routing terrorism that plagued the country for 30 years.
The President has now embarked on a battle to solve the problems that he has identified amongst people in his long experience of 40 years. He has observed 14,000 villages being developed through the deployment of funds amounting to millions of rupees. He is visiting villages and cities in the country to address issue related to development. The people are watching him with expectation until he realizes their dream of making the motherland the Asia’s Miracle through new technology and development.