Remembering three national heroes, three Trinitians.

Feb - 4 - 2020
Sunil Keppetipola

Trinity College Kandy celebrated its 148th anniversary on the 17th of January 2020. Sri Lanka will celebrate its 72rd independence day on the 04th of February 2020. Many names will be added to the national heroes list and due political recognition will be given to the newly announced personal for their services to our motherland Sri Lanka (Thambapanni / Taprobane or Sinhale / Ceylon). While congratulating all the personal whose names that will be added to the national honors list, I would like to take this opportunity write a few words regarding three outstanding personal produced by Trinity College Kandy. They are none other than Late Lt. General Denzil Lakshman Kobbekaduwa, Late Gamini Dissanayake & Late Lakshman Kadirgamar. All three of them born in the 20th century and went through the second world war as children and lived in Kandy, Kothmale & Matale. They had their primary & secondary education at Trinity College Kandy excelled in their studies and sports. Having successfully completed their education at Trinity College Kandy they went on to further their studies in higher educational institutions and ventured out to pursue in their respective professions.

Lt .General Denzil Kobbekaduwa

Lt .General Denzil Kobbekaduwa as an officer cadet had his initial training at the Army training center in Diyathalawa and was posted to Royal military academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom for a two year training assignment. He also successfully followed military training assignments at Royal Armoured Corps training unit at Bovington Camp, British Army Staff College at Camberley. Royal College of Defense Studies all in the United Kingdom. He was one officer who had all his defense studies and training in the United Kingdom. Lt. General Denzil Kobbekaduwa had a great military career and was the Overall operations commander of the Northern sector headquartered in Anuradhapura, Overall operations commander Eastern province, General officer commanding 1st brigade Western command headquartered in Panagoda, Commanding officer of his regiment Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Armoured Corps.

Hon. Gamini Dissanayake

Hon. Gamini Dissanayake was a lawyer by profession had his tertiary education at the Sri Lanka Law College. He started his political career in 1970 contesting and getting elected to parliament in 1970. He retained his parliamentary seat in the 1977 elections and was appointed as Minister in charge of the accelerated Mahaweli Development program. Later in life as a politician representing the Sri Lanka parliament during the Premadasa era he was sidelined. During this period he completed an MPhil Degree in International Relations at Cambridge University in United Kingdom.

Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar

Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar was a lawyer by profession who went on to study law at the University of Ceylon in Colombo and the year after in Peradeniya, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honors) degree. He was the top student with a First Class at the Advocates Intermediate Examination of the Ceylon Law College. He won the scholarship for the candidate placed first in the First Class at the Advocates Final Examination of the Ceylon Law College and was awarded prizes for the Law of Evidence and the Law of Persons and Property. In 1955 he took oaths as Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon.

Thereafter he won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied from 1956 to 1959, receiving in 1960 his BLitt degree from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. His thesis was on “Strict Liability in English and Roman-Dutch Law”. In November 1958 he applied successfully to become a barrister of Inner Temple, London. In the same month he became the second Sri Lankan (the first had been Lalith Athulathmudali one year earlier) to be elected to serve as President of the Oxford Union.

Having achieved success in their professional fields all three of them were seen in the national platform to serve the nation. The tragedy is that Sri Lanka lost the services of these three men when they were serving the nation at the highest level as a result of the assassinations carried out by terrorist in connivance with the politicians and their henchmen. It must be mentioned that these men had a great reputation and commanded the respect (not demanded) of all in their professions and the general public of our motherland Sri Lanka. They belong to the category of Statesman and were also well known personalities in their professions internationally and had the capacity to lead the country to stability & develop it but sadly it was not to be.

Article written by: Sunil Keppetipola

Former Committee Member,

Trinity College Kandy.  O.B.A. Colombo Branch.

(The contents of this article are sourced from the writers personal collection of articles, Wikipedia encyclopedia, Encyclopedia on Famous assassinations in the world history, Trinity College Magazines, Articles from google searches, etc.)

This article is part of a four part article series by Sunil Keppetipola.

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