Published on: January 9, 2024

Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam’s 100th death anniversary under President’s patronage

  • The greatest tribute to Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam is to uphold and advance the vision of Sri Lanka he established – says President.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his dedication to advancing the notion of “Ceylonese” towards a “Sri Lankan identity,” originally championed by Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam in the pursuit of a liberated nation. The President underscored the objective to address all war-related issues by the year 2025, aiming to fortify the initiative.

During the 100th death anniversary ceremony of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam today (09), President Wickremesinghe conveyed these sentiments. The event took place at Sir Arunachalam’s statue at the Presidential Secretariat premises. Subsequent to laying floral tributes, the President engaged in a cordial discussion with the family members of Sir Arunachalam.

Reflecting on Sir Arunachalam’s vision of a unified Sri Lankan identity transcending ethnicities, President Wickremesinghe highlighted the historical efforts of Mr. D.S. Senanayake in promoting national development through the unity of all races and religious communities.

Emphasizing the significance of collective participation in the government’s initiative to revive the Sri Lankan economy, President Ranil Wickremesinghe asserted that it is the highest tribute to Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam.

Notable figures such as former Minister D. M. Swaminathan and the family members of Sir Arunachalam were present on this occasion.


The Presidential Media Division is fully responsible for socializing the views, actions, decisions and statements of His Excellency the President through the media. Electronic, print and new media will contribute to this through a credible and engaging approach.

The media department works as a source of information on the subject of the President’s vision and mission by maintaining good coordination with public and private media organizations and journalists.

National policies, plans and measures are explained to the people through the use of high quality media. Identify the fallacies and reveal the truth.