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Samuel James Veluppillai Chelvanayakam (also spelt Chelvanayagam, March 31, 1898 - April 26, 1977, Tamil: சாமுவேல் ஜேம்ஸ் வேலுப்பிள்ளை செல்வநாயகம்) was a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer, politician and Member of Parliament. He was the political leader and father figure of the Sri Lankan Tamil community for more than two decades. By 1976 the TUF had restyled itself as the Tamil United Liberation Front and was openly calling for an "free, sovereign, secular, socialist state of Tamil Eelam." more...