Maithri Yugayak Thirasara Sanwardanayak
Sep 15, 2017

Chathurika's 'Janadipathi Thaththa' launched (pics)

First daughter - Chathurika Sirisena's book titled ‘Janadipathi Thaththa' (my father. the President) was launched today (15) at the BMICH, Colombo.

President Maithripala Sirisena attended the event as the Chief Guest which was also graced by the clergy, first lady Jayanthi Sirisena, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and a host of distinguished guests.

It was singular that a copy of the book was also presented to the daughter of late political leader - Rohana Wijeweera.

Speaking, Ms. Chathurika said that she dedicated this book also to the daughters of Sir William Gopallawa, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Ranasinghe Premadasa, Wijaya Kumaratunga and Rohana Wijeweera.

The book is noted as the first biographical literary work written by a President's daughter.

Guest speaker Deepthi Kumara Gunaratne said that the book is not written from a feminist angle and also portrays president Sirisena as a 'modern father' who exercises control among his children with a few words.

Ms. Chathurika portrays a silent criticism of her father at times, he added.

Meanwhile, veteran writer Ms. Kathleen Jayawardena said that the book also brought to attention the fact that no former first children of Sri Lanka has written a book in the mother tongue before.

Speaking, media activist Ms. Seetha Ranjani said she found that the fond memories in the early chapters very emotional and that the book also highlights the need for a solution to the ethnic issue.

The following are several moments from the event.


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