T. M. Sabaratnam

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T. M. Sabaratnam

த. மு. சபாரத்தினம்
Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon
for Northern Province East
Personal details
Political partyAll Ceylon Tamil Congress
Alma materCeylon Law College
EthnicityCeylon Tamil

Thambaiyah Mudaliyar Sabaratnam (Tamil: தம்பையா முதலியார் சபாரத்தினம், romanized: Tampaiyā Mutaliyār Capārattiṉam; died 1970) was a Ceylon Tamil lawyer, politician and member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon.

Early life and family[edit]

Sabaratnam was born in the late 1880s.[1] He was the son of Mudaliyar Thambaiyah from Mullaitivu in north-eastern Ceylon.[1] He was educated at St. Patrick's College, Jaffna.[1]

Sabaratnam married Vathiri.[1] They had a son and daughter.[1]


Sabaratnam studied law at Ceylon Law College and became a proctor of the Supreme Court, practising law in Jaffna.[1][2] He contested the 1924 legislative council election as a candidate for the Northern Province East (Mullaitivu-Vavuniya-Vadamarachchi) seat and was elected to the Legislative Council of Ceylon unopposed.[1][3][4]

Sabaratnam stood as the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) candidate for Vavuniya at the 1947 parliamentary election but was defeated by independent candidate C. Suntharalingam.[5] He was defeated by Suntharalingam at the 1956 parliamentary election as well.[6]

Sabaratnam was a member of the Board of Management of the Ramakrishna Mission Ceylonese branch.[7] He died in 1970.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of T. M. Sabaratnam
Election Constituency Party Votes Result
1924 legislative council Northern Province East - Elected
1947 parliamentary[5] Vavuniya ACTC 2,018 Not elected
1952 parliamentary[6] Vavuniya ACTC 1,398 Not elected


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon (PDF). pp. 171–172.
  2. ^ "New Law Reports: Velupillai et al v Pulendra et al (S. C. 462-D. C. Vavuniya, 831)". LawNet.
  3. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 5: Political polarization on communal lines". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.
  4. ^ Sabaratnam, T. T. "Chapter 19: The Birth and Death of the Jaffna Youth Congress". Sri Lankan Tamil Struggle.
  5. ^ a b "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Election Commission of Sri Lanka.
  6. ^ a b "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Election Commission of Sri Lanka.
  7. ^ "Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch) Ordinance: Article 4 - Board of Management". LawNet.