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Santasilan Kadirgamar, the veteran Sri Lankan historian, passed away

Jul 28, 2015 12:13 IST

The veteran historian of Sri Lanka Santasilan Kadirgamar died on 25 July 2015 after a brief illness. He was 81.

As a historian he was more inclined towards Left movement and began his movement as a sympathiser of the Lanka Sama Samaj Party.

He was among those who were instrumental in setting up the Movement for Inter-Racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE - Jaffna) and the Jaffna Citizens’ Committee in 1970s and 1980s.

As an author, Kadirgamar is remembered for his work on the history and impact of the short-lived Jaffna Youth Congress in 1980. The Youth Congress stood for egalitarian and democratic principles.

Some of his works included The Tamils of Lanka: Their Struggle for Justice and Equality with Dignity and The Left Tradition in Lankan Tamil Politics.

He was born in Chavakachcheri of Jaffna in April 1934 and his cousin was former Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was assassinated in August 2005.

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