Kethesh Loganathan

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Kethesh Loganathan (full name Ketheeswaran Loganathan, 1952–August 12, 2006) was a Sri Lankan Tamil political activist, a Human Rights advocate and deputy secretary general of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process . He was among the fiercest critics of the ethnic separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and the LTTE are widely blamed for his death. The group has neither accepted nor rejected the blame for his assassination.


Loganathan was born in Colombo,though the Loganathan's family originally from Puloly-Vadamarachchi in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. His father was prominent banker Chelliah Loganathan, the former General Manager of Bank of Ceylon. He studied at St. Thomas’s College Mt. Lavinia and Loyola College, Madras before proceeding to Georgetown University and later the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. He got a sociology masters in development studies.

Political career

After completing his education, Loganathan returned to Sri Lanka and worked as a social science researcher and with Marga Institute in Jaffna. With the outbreak of the Sri Lankan civil war in 1983, he joined the EPRLF, a Tamil militant group that eventually became a rival to the LTTE. Loganathan's role was essentially academic and political, rather than military, and he left the group in 1994. He continued to work as an author and journalist. He, along with his good friend Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu had helped form an...
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