Sri Lanka maybe a small island country in South Asia but that doesn’t mean it is unimportant. The country, popularly known as the tear drop of India due to its shape, is the largest exporter of tea in the world. Did you know that cinnamon which you so fondly use in your daily food owes its roots in Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka’s deep harbours and its strategic geographic location made it an important seat during the World War II. It has a high human development index. Much of that has been possible due to its leaders who have played a quintessential role in putting Sri Lanka as one of the most important countries in the world map. Prior to the current presidential system, Sri Lanka had a parliamentary system until 1978. The Prime Minister was vested with executive powers while the role of the President was largely ceremonial. However, in 1978, the constitution changes introduced by J.R Jayewardene empowered President with executive powers, thus making the position of the Prime Minister nominal. Jayewardene presided over Sri Lankan governmental affairs for more than ten years before being taken over by Ranasinghe Premadasa who was later assassinated. Chandrika Kumaratunga was the first female President to serve the country from 1994 until 2005. Maithripala Sirisena currently serves as the President of Sri Lanka. Check this section to know more about famous Sri Lankan leaders.
Jack ChurchillJack Churchill
16 September 1906
Military Leader
Mahinda RajapaksaMahinda Rajapaksa
18 November 1945
President of Sri Lanka

Sirimavo BandaranaikeSirimavo Bandaranaike
17 April 1916
Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
23 June 1924
Third President of Sri Lanka

Chandrika Kumaratunga Chandrika Kumaratunga
29 June 1945
Fifth President of Sri Lanka

Maithripala SirisenaMaithripala Sirisena
03 September 1951
President of Sri Lanka
J. R. JayewardeneJ. R. Jayewardene
17 September 1906
Former President of Sri Lanka

Don Stephen SenanayakeD. S. Senanayake
20 October 1883
First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Ranil WickremasingheRanil Wickremasinghe
24 March 1949
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Velupillai PrabhakaranVelupillai Prabhakaran
26 November 1954

Arul PragasamArul Pragasam
01 January 1940
Anagarika DharmapalaAnagarika Dharmapala
17 September 1864

Sarath FonsekaSarath Fonseka
18 December 1950

C. W. W. KannangaraC. W. W. Kannangara
13 October 1884
Diplomat, Politician

Henry Montgomery LawrenceHenry Montgomery Lawrence
28 June 1806
Military officer

Dingiri Banda WijetungaDingiri Banda Wijetunga
15 February 1916
President of Sri Lanka
Neelan TiruchelvamNeelan Tiruchelvam
31 January 1944

J.B. JeyaretnamJ.B. Jeyaretnam
05 January 1926