Politics Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in India: Why the visit is strategically significant Updated : November 29, 2019 01:41 PM IST Rajapaksa’s coming to power will offer India an opportunity to turn the tables and transform the relationship with the neighbouring nation. The Lankan president is a former military man who attended the counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school in Assam in 1980. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.