Rajasingham, pioneer of Police rugby
By Bernie Wijesekera
passing away of Rudra Rajasingham the ex-rugby star and retired
Inspector General of Police has taken away from us a finest officer
and a gentleman. The likes of him will be hard to find in the present
day society plagued with hatred and jealousy. He was an officer
who never mixed politics with sport or went behind politicians.
A Trinity ‘Lion’ in rugby Rudra played for the CR and
FC with the likes of Summa Navaratnam, Malcom Wright, Geoff Weinman,
William Molegoda and the rest. He was the President of the CR and
FC, Police SC and later ended up as President of the Sri Lanka Rugby
Union. He held the scales even and maintained a code of ethics for
all to adhere.
Discipline was his codeword among players or otherwise. He played
for the CR and FC, despite being in the Police. It was Rajasingham
who sowed the seeds for the Police to scrum down with the elite
clubs. In that era there were no players from the elite rugby playing
schools. But with the likes of ‘rock’ Banda, Linton,
Chandradasa, Buddhadasa and Bandula Wijesinghe showing care was
an important part of his life with human qualities. He never misused
his position among his rank and file.
I was fortunate and had a close understanding with genial Rudra.
He had a coterie of friends even after retirement in the likes of
the late Kavan Rambukkwella, Eddie Gray, Summa Navaratnam, and Mahes
Rodrigo (CR and FC).
Despite the years rolling by he still had the time to watch a match
whenever Police and the red shirts scrummed downed. Rudra always
insisted that his subordinates maintained the dignity of the service.
He led a simple life until his last breath. The large gathering
from all walks of life at the final farewell was an ample testimony
to his integrity.