M. Balasundaram

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M. Balasundaram
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Kopay
In office
Preceded by C. Vanniasingam, ITAK
Succeeded by S. Kathiravelupillai, ITAK
Personal details
Born (1903-04-07)7 April 1903
Died 15 December 1965(1965-12-15) (aged 62)
Political party Independent
Alma mater Kilner College
Royal College
University College
Trinity Hall
Profession Lawyer, journalist
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Murugesu Balasundaram was a Ceylon Tamil politician and Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Balasundaram was born on 7 April 1903. He was the son of Reverend K. S. Murugesu, a Methodist clergyman. He was educated at Kilner College, Jaffna and Royal College, Colombo. He later entered University College, Colombo and was awarded a science degree. He received a scholarship to study at Trinity Hall, Cambridge from where he graduated with a BA degree. After graduation he returned to British Ceylon and served as journalist for a brief period before joining the legal profession, becoming an advocate and practising law.

Balasundaram married Sinnammah, daughter of Sinnathamby. They had four sons (Gnanasanmugan, Yogasundaram, Balakrishnan and Sivanandasundaram) and two daughters (Somasundaravalli and Yogeswari).

Political career[edit]

Balasundaram was the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (Federal Party) candidate for Kopay at the March 1960 parliamentary election. He won the election and entered Parliament.[1] He was re-elected at the July 1960 parliamentary election.[2] He stood as an independent candidate in Kopay at 1965 parliamentary election but was defeated.[3]


Balasundaram died on 15 December 1965.


  • Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 23. 
  1. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-07-20". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.