(Ret) <!--Ref:http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=60565-->. Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa
() (born 20 June 1949)<!-- Ref: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/05/16/voctory07.asp --> RWP
is a retired officer of the Sri Lanka Army
and the current Defence Secretary
of Sri Lanka. After serving through the early parts of the country's civil war
with Tamil Tiger
rebels, he retired from the Army in 1992. With the election of his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa
as President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was appointed Defence Secretary in November 2005.
As Defence Secretary, Rajapaksa is largely credited with masterminding the successes achieved by the Sri Lankan Military
in defeating the Tamil Tigers
and ending Sri Lanka's 26 year long civil war in May 2009. He was also one of the top targets of the Tamil Tigers, and survived an assassination attempt in December 2006 by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the Matara District
, as the 5th of nine siblings and brought up in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district
. According to a writer called Narada Karunthilaka, the name Gotabaya means "Abhaya, the Giant" or "Chinna Kotta" in the Jat
language. He hails from a well-known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A.......