Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman
August 30, 1913 - October 30, 1999
The Late Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman, an Indian born Sri Lankan Tamil represented the Sri Lankan Tamils of Indian descent and fought for their citizenship and freedom. His main goal was to safeguard the identity of Sri Lankan Tamils and liberate then from historical injustice.
Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman played a key role in the Sri Lankan politics, post-independence.
Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman was the oldest and the senior most member of the Sri Lankan Cabinet (1978), at the time of his death, where he served for 21 years under Four Sri Lankan Presidents.
He was the President of Sri Lanka's largest and one of the oldest trade unions, the Ceylon Workers Congress. His desire for the wellbeing of the Tamil race formed the crux of his political crusades.
Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman aided his people with an unrelenting devotion for over 60 years against great odds. Although, he is not alive to see his goals to their fruition, the Tamil patriarch has helped people improve their circumstances since the beginning of independence.
Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman died on 30th October, 1999.
The passing of the Tamil Legend is an irreplaceable loss.
Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman is survived by a son, three daughters and a grandson - Mr. Arumugam Thondaman.
Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman is both a Member of Parliament and the General Secretary of the Ceylon Workers Congress and is tipped to be Mr. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman's political successor.