3 July, 2022


2nd Death Anniversary Of Iyah

By Tamil Centre for Human Rights

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” — Isaac Asimov

(American author and Professor of Biochemistry – 4 October 1919 to 6 April 1992)

Two years ago (29/11/2010), Mr Subramaniam Sivanayagam known as ‘Iyah’, editor of “Hot Spring”, “Tamil Nation” and “Saturday Review”, passed away.

Subramaniam Sivanayagam

Mr Sivanayagam worked for the ‘Ceylon Daily News’, the ‘Daily Mirror’, J. Walter Thompson and the Ceylon Tourist Board. Soon after the ‘Saturday Review” was banned by the government Mr. Sivanayagam went to India and worked there for the “Tamil Information Centre” for a few years. Then along with his friends, he started an English fortnightly newspaper, “Tamil Nation”. While he was working for Tamil Nation, he was arrested by the Indian authorities under TADA and detained for a few years in India.

As soon as he was released from prison, he came to France, sought political asylum and lived in Paris for some years. While in Paris, he started publishing the monthly magazine “Hot Spring” and while in France he underwent a heart operation. Due to his friends’ encouragement Mr Sivanayaragam move to United Kingdom and continued to publish the popular “Hot Spring” magazine.

Mr Sivanayaragam published two books, “The Pen and the Gun” & “Sri Lanka – Witness to History” – A journalist’s Memoirs 1930 – 2004 which contain his popular articles and writings, expressing his experiences as a journalist and the effects of politics in Sri Lanka. In 1987 he published “Sri Lanka : 10 years of Jayewardene Rule”.

As his illness worsened, he decided to live with his family and he returned to Colombo in 2005. He passed away on 29 November 2010, leaving his wife, two daughters, grandchildren and his son-in-law.

This courageous popular journalist is remembered for his life’s work, his contribution to his people.

On the 2nd death anniversary of Mr Sivanayagam, we, the Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR, along with many other solidarity organisations renew our expressions of sympathy to his wife, daughters and other family members.

For Iyah (Mr) Sivanayagam

A Lovely soul has passed today

from Earth to the next place.

Full of humour, light an

Mischievous love

of life, of laughter – of people in

the broadest sense – humanity –

and His people.

Tireless journalist – writer of truth


I feel limp with sorrow

like a leaf without water

but salt water flows from my eyes

in a wellspring of grief.


This history – this path of an

oppressed people – trod by

many – drew all of us together

attempting to speak out and

expose the injustice.


What a herculean task

He did

Over the decades.

History will recognise his feat.

— Deirdre McConnell, 30 November 2010

The Sunday Leader

The Sunday Leader 20 February 2005 – Subramaniam Sivanayagam, born in Jaffna, Ceylon in 1930 during British colonial rule in Jaffna had his secondary education at Kokuvil Hindu College and Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai. In Colombo, he had worked on the editorial staff of the Ceylon Daily News and the Ceylon Daily Mirror. He was founder editor of the Jaffna based Saturday Review. While in India in 1986, he edited the fortnightly Tamil Nation. In Paris in 1994 he edited the newly launched monthly journal, Hot Spring which later shifted base to London (Excerpt)

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  • 0

    Mr.Sivanayagam’s Saturday Review published from Jaffna was a weekly I was addicted to. My mother posted it to me regularly when I was post- graduate student in Canada. I salute the great journalist and crusader on his death anniversary.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  • 0

    What a shame you had to advertise here on an Ape Press of Colombo

    • 0

      Your past comments shows that you never appreciated anything other than supportive of the present SL government.

      There are people to appreciate your comment too.

      • 0

        Neither a northerner nor a southerner but one who pumped much foreign exchange along with kids into the Tsunami kitty that was robbed in broad daylight Therefore I am totally against all sides. Reason why do you shy when I use thee?

  • 0

    We are proud that you have published a tribute to one of our veterain journalist who is a friend of Colombo Laka house and Times of Ceylon journalists.

    Not everyone can understand the value of journalism.

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