V. Veerasingam

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Honourable
V. Veerasingam
MP MBE
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Vaddukoddai
In office
1952–1956
Preceded by K. Kanagaratnam
Succeeded by A. Amirthalingam
Personal details
Born 1892
Died 5 December 1964(1964-12-05)
Profession Teacher
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Visuvalingam Veerasingam was a Ceylon Tamil teacher, politician and Member of Parliament.

Early life and family[edit]

Veerasingam was born in 1892.[1] He was from Manipay in northern Ceylon.[1]

Career[edit]

Veerasingam was a teacher at Manipay Hindu College before becoming its principal in April 1922.[1][2]

After retiring in 1951 Veerasingam played a key role in the co-operative movement in Jaffna District.[1] He was elected the first president of the Federation of Co-operative Societies, Jaffna District, a position he held until his death.[1] The Veerasingam Hall, a public hall/office building in Jaffna owned by the co-operative society, was named after him.[1][2]

Veerasingam contested the 1947 parliamentary election as an independent candidate in Vaddukoddai but was defeated by the All Ceylon Tamil Congress candidate K. Kanagaratnam.[3] However, he won the 1952 parliamentary election and entered Parliament. [4]

Veerasingam was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in January 1952.[5] He died on 5 December 1964.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 243. 
  2. ^ a b Somasunderam, Subramaniam (5 October 2004). "Manipay Hindu College in my time - an alumnus remembers". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 5 February 2005. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ "Fourth Supplement". The London Gazette. 28 December 1951.