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Honourable
 Elangai Murugesu Vijayaretnam Naganathan 
MD MP

Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Nallur
In office
1960 – 1970
Succeeded by C. Arulampalam, ACTC

Born January 31, 1906(1906-01-31)
August 16, 1971 (aged 65)
Political party Federal Party

Dr. E.M.V. Naganathan (January 31, 1906-August 16, 1971) was a Sri Lankan physician and politician, representing Nallur, Jaffna in the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

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Biography

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Early life and education

Elangai Murugesu Vijayaretnam Naganathan was born on 31 January 1906, son of Jebaratnam J. Hensman and Ponnamma Hensman, daughter of Reverend R.A. Vethavanam. His father was Registrar of the University of Madras, India.

Career

Dr. E.M.V. Naganathan was a private Medical Practitioner in Colombo. He became a keen supporter of G.G. Ponnambalam’s Tamil Congress Party and functioned as its Secretary in 1947. He was elected a Member of the Senate, the same year. However, leaving the Tamil Congress he joined the Federal Party. He became one of its prominent members and he was also its Secretary for some time. He successfully contested the Nallur seat in the House of Parliament as a Federal Party Candidate. He was elected President of the Party in 1966 and worked hard for the well being of the Tamil Community.

Marriage and children

Dr. E.M.V. Naganathan married Miss Retnavathi Senathiraja, daughter of John Wirt Ponniah Senathiraja, JP, UPM. They had three daughters and two sons. His oldest daughter Miss Mary Lakshmi Naganathan was the former Ambassador of Sri Lanka, and she served in many countries. She vacated her post in 1983. His second daughter Anne Nirmala Naganathan married Chandrahasan Chelvanayagam, son of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, QC. The rest of the children are Elangai Anthony Naganathan married Kuamari, Elangai John Naganathan married Lakshmikanthi and Carmel Indhira Naganathan married Dr. George Handy of Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Death and afterward

Dr. E.M.V. Naganathan died on 16 August 1971, and Mrs. Retnavathi Naganathan died on 11 December 2006, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

References

Source: The Royal Family of Jaffna website, http://www.jaffnaroyalfamily.org/elangai.php


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