D. M. Swaminathan

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D. M. Swaminathan
தே. ம. சுவாமிநாதன்
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Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs
Assumed office
12 January 2015
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for National List
Assumed office
2nd Governor of Western Province
In office
11 July 1994 – 1 December 1994
Preceded by Suppiah Sharvananda
Succeeded by K. Vignarajah
Personal details
Political party United National Party
Alma mater Ceylon Law College
Profession Lawyer
Religion Hindu
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Tamil

Deva Manoharan Swaminathan (Tamil: தேவ மனோகரன் சுவாமிநாதன்) is a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer, politician and cabinet minister.

Early life and family[edit]

Swaminathan is the son of M. Swaminathan and Lalithambikai, daughter of S. Pararajasingam and grand daughter of P. Arunachalam.[1] He was educated at Royal College, Colombo.[1] After school he joined Ceylon Law College, qualifying as an advocate of the Supreme Court.[1]


After qualifying Swaminathan started practising law in Colombo, taking over the chambers of proctor Ratnakaram which were re-named D. M. Swaminathan Associates in 1971.[2]

Swaminathan was appointed Governor of Western Province in June 1994 after the controversial dismissal of Suppiah Sharvananda by President D. B. Wijetunga.[3] He was appointed chairman of the National Savings Bank in March 2002, serving until 2004.[4][5]

Swaminathan was appointed as one of the United National Party's (UNP) National List MPs in the Sri Lankan Parliament following the 2010 parliamentary election.[6][7] In October 2010 he was appointed to the Parliamentary Council which was established by the controversial 18th Amendment to make non-binding recommendations the president on the membership of various national commissions.[8][9][10] After the 2015 presidential election he was appointed Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena.[11][12]

Swaminathan has been a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo since 1971.[13] He is a trustee of the Sri Ponnambala Vaneswara Temple at Sea Street in Kochchikade, Colombo which was founded by his great-great-grand father A. Ponnambalam.[14] He is one of the UNP's vice-chairmen.[15][16] He was also treasurer of the UNP.[17][18]


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