Written by Bella Dalima
10 Jan, 2014 | 7:08 pm
An event to commemorate the 90th death anniversary of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam was held in Colombo on Thursday.
The event was presided over by Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, Vasudeva Nanayakkara.
The memorial event was graced by several prominent personalities including the chair of the Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam Trust, Attorney-at-Law Kandiah Neelakandan and Professor Sarath Amunugama, vice chancellor of the University of Kelaniya.
The memorial oration was delivered by Professor Amunugama.
Also speaking at the event, Minister Nanayakkara commented on Sir Arunachalam’s philosophy on national unity.
Neelakandan took this opportunity to bring to the attention of the minister the present state of the statue of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam at the Presidential Secretariat.
Born on September 14, 1853, Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam was a member of the executive council and the legislative Council of Ceylon.
Upon his retirement from the public service in 1913, he was knighted in recognition of his distinguished service to the country.
He was also one of the first agitators for the formation of a University of Ceylon.
The Ceylon Reform League, which later led to the formation of the Ceylon National Congress in 1919, was first established under the chairmanship of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam.
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