It is customary for one to start a blog with a self introduction. So here is mine, in brief.
I am Ajith P. Perera of Bandaragama, an Attorney at law practicing at Panadura courts. It would not be boasting to claim myself to be the most successful lawyer there right now. I achieved that by hard work and proud of it. And, it is just one of my achievements in life.
I was born at Bandaragama. My mother was from Batagoda while my father from Gonaduwa. My first school was Wewita Maithree Maha Vidyalaya. Successful completion of the Grade 5 scholarship took me to Ananda College, Colombo where I have studied till A/Ls. My contemporaries would remember me as a prominent member in the college debating team.
In 1986, based on my A/L results, I was selected to Sri Jayewardenepura University to follow a B. Sc. degree course in Applied Sciences. Simultaneously I entered the Colombo Law College. I guess a science background was one of the key reasons behind my successful legal career.
Another passion of mine was sports. Bandaragama Sports Union, in which I became the President later, was what brought out the sportsman in me. In 1991, under my leadership, Bandaragama Sports Union became the best in Kalutara District in a competition conducted by Ministry of Sports. I was also a member of Ananda College Rugby football team.
At University I was a dynamic student activist. Elected as the Faculty Board Representative, twice, uncontested, one of my key achievements was to convince the senate to include ‘Business Management’ as a subject for science graduates. This enabled science students gaining positions in the private sector.
I have hundreds of notable cases to my credits as a successful attorney, where I was instrumental in bringing justice to innocent victims. Arguments I have raised in the well known case Wijepala vs. Attorney General have gone into the annals of law.
I have also played a significant role as a committee member of Sri Lanka Bar Association and was also a member of the committee appointed to recommend legal education reforms. Representing Sri Lanka at an international conference of Global Trade Laws in Hochi Minh City, 2005 was another milestone.
I am also a teacher and I would be proud of that more than anything else. As a Director cum Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Professional Studies (CFPS), Borella, I have taught more than 2,000 lawyers by now. CFPS has won fame as the institute that moulds more than 90% of the annual intake to the Law College each year.
This brings me to politics. I was actively involved in politics for some time but it was last year that I have been appointed as the coordinator of the Bandaragama electorate by the UNP leadership. I guess the long experience I have in dealing with the grassroots of Bandaragama electorate has prompted this decision by the party leadership.
I am sure you see the stark contrast between a typical politician and myself. In fact, many ask me why a professional like myself, with a successful legal career would want to enter into politics. The only answer I can give them is unless we professionals get into politics, it would be like giving a walkover to those who should not be there in first place. I have nothing to earn from politics. I have already earned and can easily earn the rest my living from my legal career. But I like challenges. I want to be different.
This blog is meant to be a genuine interface between you and me. I confess I have little time to do a regular blog, but let me give a try. It is not the typical political web sites that you see immediately before an election. Its aim is not purely promotional. I like this to be an interactive window. So please do not hesitate to provide me your input, whatever it is.
Hope this is would do for an introduction. More later.