or Dharmeratnam Sivaram
(11 August 1959– 28 April 2005) was a popular Tamil
journalist of Sri Lanka
. He was kidnapped by four men in a white van on April 28, 2005, in front of the Bambalapitya police
station. His body was found the next day in the district of Himbulala, near the Parliament of Sri Lanka
. He had been beaten and shot in the head.
Sivaram, the well-known and controversial political analyst and a senior editor for Tamilnet
.com, was born on August 11, 1959 in Batticaloa
, Sri Lanka, to a prominent local family with significant land holdings and political connections near the village of . He was educated at St. Michael’s College
in Batticaloa, and later at Pembroke and Aquinas College
. He was accepted into the University of Peradeniya
in 1982 but soon dropped out due to tensions associated with the first phases of Sri Lanka civil war
in 1983 (see Black July pogrom
On September 8, 1988 he married Herly Yogaranjini Poopalapillai of Batticaloa. They eventually had three children: Vaishnavi, Vaitheki, and Seralaathan.
In 1982 Sivaram joined the Gandhian Movement
, then a front organization for the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam
(PLOTE), one of the many Tamil organizations. After Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict erupted into civil war in 1983, Sivaram, under the alias......