D. M. Swaminathan

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D. M. Swaminathan
D. M. Swaminathan.jpg
2nd Governor of the
Western Province, Sri Lanka
In office
11 July 1994 – 1 December 1994
Preceded by Suppiah Sharvananda
Succeeded by K. Vignarajah
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for National List
Assumed office
Personal details
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Other political
United National Front
Spouse(s) Gayathri Swaminathan
(nee Carthigesan)
Relations Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam, Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva, V. Manicavasagar, Siva Selliah, Sir Muthu Coomaraswamy
Children Shobana Swaminathan, Prakash Swaminathan
Residence 125, Rosmead Place,
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Alma mater Royal College Colombo

Deva Manoharan Swaminathan, MP (known as D.M. Swaminathan) is a Sri Lankan Lawyer and Politician. Current Member of Parliament,[1] he was the former Governor of the Western Province and Chairman of the National Savings Bank.

Family and Education[edit]

Swaminathan hails from a very prominent political family which is devoutly Hindu. Sir Sangarapillai Pararajasingham, member of the Senate of Ceylon, was his grandfather, whilst Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam was his Great Grandfather, whose son, Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva was a Member of the State Council. Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan and Ponnambalam Coomaraswamy were also members of the Legislative Council who were the brothers of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam.

Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam’s grandfather was Arumugampillai Coomaraswamy Mudaliyar, Member of the First Legislative Council in the year 1833. Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam’s maternal uncle was Sir Muthu Coomaraswamy also a Member of the Legislative Council. His son was Ananda Coomaraswamy, philosopher, metaphysician and historian.

He was educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo where he was elected the Chairman of the Senior Tamil Literary Association and won various awards including the Adikara Sellemuttu Award for Senior Tamil Literature and the Sir Ponnampalam Ramanathan Memorial prize for Tamil Oratory.

Swaminathan studied law at the Sri Lanka Law College where he was elected the president of the Law College Tamil Union and was awarded Sir Cyril de Soyza Gold Medal for addressing to the Jury in English and Sir Ponnabpalam Ramanathan Gold medal for addressing the Jury in Tamil. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka as an Attorney at Law.

D. M. Swaminathan is married to Gayathri Carthigesan and has two children Shobana & Prakash.

Political career[edit]

He was appointed as a Member of the University Grants Commission, Public Service Commission, Educational & Service Committee by President J.R. Jayawardena and later was appointed member of the Local Government Service Commission by President R. Premadasa. Currently he is a member of the Parliamentary Council.

Civic Society[edit]

D. M. Swaminathan at the Thai Pongal Festival at his temple in Colombo

Swaminathan is the Chief Trustee of the Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Devasthanam in Colombo and was elected as Centenary President of the Vivehanda Society, Colombo. He is also Trustee of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress and was the Past Governor of Rotary International Sri Lanka and part of District in South India. Member of the Board of Trustees of Ramanathan College and Parameshwara College Trusts, Jaffna.

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