S. Kanagaratnam

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Honourable
S. Kanagaratnam
MP
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Vanni District
In office
2004–2010
Personal details
Born (1946-12-28) 28 December 1946 (age 68)
Nallur, Ceylon
Political party United People's Freedom Alliance
Occupation Driving instructor
Religion Hindu
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Tamil

Sathasivam Kanagaratnam (born 28 December 1946) is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former Member of Parliament.

Early life and family[edit]

Kanagaratnam was born on 28 December 1946 Nallur, northern Ceylon.[1][2] He was educated at Senkuntha Hindu College.[2] He had two brothers (Chelvanayakam and Rajaratnam) and two sisters.[2] Lieutinent Chelvanayakam (alias Amman, Chandran, Chellakili) was a member of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who was killed in the Thirunelvely ambush on the Sri Lankan military in July 1983.[2]

Kanagaratnam has two sons (Aathithan and Sancheevan) and a daughter (Niriththana).[2]

Career[edit]

After school Kanagaratnam worked in various jobs including as a salesman and a chauffeur.[2] He joined the Ceylon Transport Board in 1978 as a bus driver at the Mattakkuliya depot.[2] He transferred to the Mullaitivu depot in 1980.[2] After retirement in 2000 he worked part-time for the Vanni Private Bus Operators’ Association.[2] He lived in Suthanthirapuram near Udayarkaddu in Mullaitivu District.[2]

Kanagaratnam was selected by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to be one of the Tamil National Alliance's (TNA) candidates in Vanni District at the 2004 parliamentary election.[3] He was elected and entered Parliament.[4]

Kanagaratnam and his family were amongst the 300,000 civilians trapped in the No Fire Zone during the final months of the civil war.[5] He disappeared after the end of the civil war in May 2009.[6] He was picked by the police at the Menik Farm IDP camp and taken to Colombo.[7][8] He had been detained on the orders of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for allegedly violating emergency regulations and assisting the LTTE.[9][10][11] After eight months of detention Kanagaratnam was released in January 2010 in return for agreeing to support Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election.[3][12][13] He was provided with a newly-built bungalow inside the Northern Province Governor’s residential complex in Vavuniya.[14][15]

Kanagaratnam left the TNA and joined Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).[16] He contested the 2010 parliamentary election as one of the UPFA's candidates in Vanni District but failed to get elected after coming sixth amongst the UPFA candidates.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory of Past Members: Sathasivam Kanagaratnam". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Rajasingham, K. T. (19 April 2011). "Final days in Vanni: 600 Tamils shot and killed as stray dogs- First Person Revelation". Asian Tribune. 
  3. ^ a b Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (3 April 2010). "Tamil National Alliance enters critical third phase-2". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "General Election 2004 Preferences". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ "TNA dissidents to give it tough fight". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 28 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "TNA MP missing in Vanni". TamilNet. 20 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka Police questions TNA MP". TamilNet. 23 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "TNA in dilemma". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 24 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "TNA MP Kanagaretnam ordered further detention in Colombo court". TamilNet. 23 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Tamil MP arrested in Sri Lanka for LTTE links". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 23 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Tamil legislator arrested in Sri Lanka". The New Indian Express. Indo-Asian News Service. 23 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "TNA MP Sathasivam Kanagaratnam released". TamilNet. 15 January 2010. 
  13. ^ Natarajan, Swaminathan (15 January 2010). "Detained Sri Lankan Tamil MP is released". BBC News. 
  14. ^ "TNA says released MP forced to back MR". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 17 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Missing MP Kanagaratnam in Vavuniya". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 31 January 2010. 
  16. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (17 April 2010). "T.N.A. Performs creditably in parliamentary elections". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Vanni Preferences". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.