Note: We reproduce this item verbatim from Daily News because we see the news value of it from a different perspective. We all know that OBAs and OGAs now exist purely with one objective – getting ones’ offspring admitted to a popular school. They are exclusive elite clubs with membership strictly controlled. It is well known that most of the OBAs and OGAs operate like small mafias. In this environment, it is not a surprise the OBA of Ananda College trying to reinforce its political power by inviting powerful political personalities to its ilk. One can only wonder how many times such invitations are extended to its old boys who have made their mark in areas other than politics (or forces which is again a powerful political entity now) Will Ananda OBA consider inviting all distinguished old-Anandian scholars to OBA as honorary members?
Honorary OBA membership for distinguished Anandians
COLOMBO: Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka and Navy Commander Vice Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda have been appointed honorary members of the Colombo Ananda College Old Boys’ Association in recognition of their services towards safeguarding national security.
They received their membership cards from Ananda OBA President Isuru Samarasinghe at a special ceremony at the Defence Ministry.
Samarasinghe said Presidential Senior Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Karu Jayasuriya, UNP Treasurer Tilak Karunaratne, Prof. Harsha Seneviratne, Attorney Gominda Dayasiri, Jayantha Wickramasinghe, Dr. H.S. Perera and Deva Rodrigo are the other leading figures who have been granted honorary membership of the Ananda OBA in recognition of the services in their various fields.
The Defence Ministry ceremony was also attended by Ananda College OBA Joint Secretaries Jayasiri Ittapana and Dushmantha Karannagoda, Treasurer Asoka Karunaratne and Assistant Secretary Sujeewa Ratnamahal.