Posts Categorized: Biography

M.K. Eelavethan Dies In Canada Aged 90

by DBS Jeyaraj, Nakkeran, Canada, May 4, 2024 Colombo, May 3: The protracted struggle by Sri Lankan Tamils to achieve justice and equality in the Island has brought into prominence several colourful and controversial personalities. Among such persons was a Tamil Nationalist political activist who adopted the nom de plume“Eelaventhan”meaning King of Eelam. Eelaventhan whose… Read more »

M.K. Eelaventhan (1932-2024) – An Appreciation

Part 1 by Sachi Sri Kantha, June 14, 2024 I was saddened to hear the death of M.K. Eelaventhan, at the age of 91 on April 28, 2024 in Canada. Born on Sept 14, 1932, he was 20 years older than me. I became acquainted with him in 1976 (see below, my diary entries, from… Read more »

Axiom Business Book Award for ‘Prisoner 1056’

by Axiom Awards, Michigan, USA, May 2024 Other winners in  ‘Memoir / Biography’: GOLD Happy At Any Cost: The Revolutionary Vision and Fatal Quest of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh by Kristen Grind and Katherine Sayre (Simon & Schuster) SILVER (tie) Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs by Jamie Fiore Higgins… Read more »

Renowned Athlete and Activist Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam Passes Away

by Tamil Guardian, London, April 23, 2024 Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam, the Jaffna-born activist and athlete, who competed in the 1952 Olympics and won the first Gold Medal in any sport for Ceylon passed away on Thursday, 18 April 2024, aged 89 years old. Born in Periyavillan in 1934, Ethirveerasingam broke high jump records at every age… Read more »

Dr. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam

by Arjunan Ethirveerasingam, April 18, 2024 On Thursday, 18 April 2024 at 11:55 am Dr. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam (PhD) passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam (Ethir) was born in 1934 in a one-room hut with a palmyrah palm… Read more »

Uduvil Remembers Its Founder Principal

In its bicentennial year by Shiranee Mills, Sunday Times, Colombo, April 7, 2024 In the bicentennial year of Uduvil Girls’ College, especially during the month of April, our thoughts dwell closely on the founder principal of the school, Harriet Wadsworth Winslow (née Lathrop), whose birthday falls on April 9. Born in 1796, in Norwich, Connecticut, in… Read more »

From Sachi’s Files – Chapter 23

Remembering my Father on his Birth Centenary Year by Sachi Sri Kantha, December 12, 2023 My father (Sivapragasam Sachithanantham, 1923-2003), whom my sister and I called Aiyah was born in Puloly West, Point Pedro, Ceylon, to Vinasithamby Sivapragasam (1882-1936) and Packiyam (1889-1945), as the sixth and youngest child. Ten years ago, I posted Aiyah’s autobiographical… Read more »

“As a Human Rights Defender, You’re Almost Expected to be Superhuman”

In the words of Anushani Alagarajah by UN Women, Asia Pacific, November 28, 2023 Anushani Alagarajah is a human rights defender who has worked closely with conflict-affected communities in the North and East of Sri Lanka. She is the Executive Director at the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, a non-profit research think-tank that works on… Read more »

Sabapathy Thillairajah (1928-2023)

Born in Jaffna, Irupalai Koppai on 23-02-1928 and resided in Thoppu, Achuveli and Maryland, USA. Sabapathy Thillairajah passed away on Wednesday 22-11-2023 in America. Beloved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sabapathy. Beloved son-in-law of the late Mr. and Mrs. Vallipuram of Thoppu Achuveli,  Tamil Eelam. Beloved husband of the late Rasamma. He is… Read more »

Dr. Rajan Sriskandarajah (1943-2023)

    Dr. Sriskandarajah graduated from the University of Ceylon, Colombo with a degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1969.  After practicing in Sri Lanka he undertook post-graduate training in England, where he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, England in 1977.  Upon moving to the United States Dr. Sriskandarajah… Read more »

Partheeban alias Thileepan’s Death-Fast Weaponised Non-violence

by DBS Jeyaraj, Financial Times, Colombo, September 27, 2023 Rasiah Partheeban alias Thileepan engaged in a fast unto death protest on 15 September 1987. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stalwart died after 12 days of fasting on 26 September without even drinking water. Thileepan’s 36th death anniversary was on 26 September 2023. This… Read more »

Author A. Muttulingam

by Tamil Wiki, accessed March 7, 2023 A. Muttulingam (January 19, 1937) is one of the pre-eminent writers in modern Tamil literature. His contributions, which include short stories, essays, interviews and novels, are characterized by humour, aesthetic appeal and perfection in form. Born in Sri Lanka, he is a storyteller who travelled the world on… Read more »

M K Eelaventhan, the Lifelong Activist for Eelam

Strong and Steadfast at 90  by Usha S Sri Skanda Rajah, October 2, 2022 He lives and breathes Eelam. If everyone were like him there’s every hope an independent and sovereign Thamil Eelam will surely be realized in the not so distant future. On his 90th birthday, Mr. Eelaventhan has neither deviated, even an iota… Read more »

Footprints on the Sands of Time

FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME The visionary life and legacy of Dr. Samuel Fisk Green by Dr. Thayalan Ambalavanar, October 15, 2022 Dear friends and colleagues, October 10th 2022 marked the 200th birth anniversary of Dr.Samuel Fisk Green, the American missionary who founded the first medical school in Ceylon in 1848. A successful commemoration… Read more »

Remembering 2nd Lt. Maalathy

by Tamil Guardian, London, October 10, 2022 Today marks thirty-five years since the death of 2nd Lt. Maalathy, the first female fighter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to lose her life in the Tamil armed struggle. Across the world, the day is being commemorated as Tamil Women’s Day, an opportunity to honour women’s involvement in the… Read more »

Economic Crisis and Unregulated Alcohol Collide

by Vetrichelvi Chandrakala, Global Press Journal, Washington, DC, May 25, 2022 Civil war veterans, also grappling with the country’s imploding economy, fight to break their dependency on dangerous, illegal liquor. READ THIS STORY IN English தமிழ் MANNAR, SRI LANKA — Vijayakumar Velayutham fought for more than a decade in the Sri Lankan civil war. He… Read more »

Bakeries Shutter as War in Ukraine Drives Up Wheat Prices

by Thayalini Indrakularasa, Global Press Journal, Washington, DC, May 8, 2022 The country’s tropical climate makes it dependent on wheat imports, but an economic crisis at home and conflict abroad have upended the supply. READ THIS STORY IN English தமிழ் CHEDDIKULAM, SRI LANKA — Early morning sunlight streams in the windows as Thankaiya Mageswaran divides… Read more »

Periyathamby Rajanayagam

by Tamil Information Centre, London, June 18, 2022 We are saddened by the demise of journalist and human rights advocate Periyathamby Rajanayagam, known popularly as ‘Tamil Times Rajanayagam’. He passed away at Lewisham Hospital on 17 June 2022 at the age of 84. Rajanayagam has been described as a ‘journalist with commitment and principles’ and… Read more »

ITJP: Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Role in 1989 Mass Atrocities

by International Truth & Justice Project Sri Lanka, South Africa, May 10, 2022 ITJP_1989_mass_grave_report_v6_WEB This is a joint report from the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS). As Sri Lanka is enveloped in unprecedented anger directed at the Rajapaksa family, a new report reveals that the President,… Read more »

Annaipoopathy and Mothers Fighting for the Disappeared

by Nillanthan Maha in his blog, March 30, 2022 [translated by Google Translate, with some edits] The mothers of the missing opposed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Jaffna last Sunday. They have been rudely treated by the police. Annai Bhupathi is considered to be the forerunner of Ammuthiya mothers in modern Tamil politics. Thirty-four… Read more »