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Deivanayagam Eassuwaren: Driven by thirst and passion to serve humanity

Sri Lanka lost a wonderful personality whose life was in dedication to help and support as many as he could across religions, race, ethnic and cultural diversities. Deivanayagam Eassuwaren left us on 6th January 2018 at the Mount Elizabeth hospital, Singapore.

He committed to selfless service to others not with the purpose of gaining reasons to boast, fame or glory but, driven by an unquenchable thirst and passion to serve humanity. Vast uncountable numbers of people gathered at the crematorium, Kanatte on 8th January 2018 to pay their last respects and, it was only at this occasion that the Eassuwaren family learned what he had done so much for so many when they opened up their grieved hearts to speak of the magnanimity and spirituality of the late Eassuwaren.  He was the eldest in a family of nine.

Eassuwaren completed his schooling career at St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degreePachaiyappa College, Chennai, University of Madras. Thereafter he joined his father Deshabandu, VisvaPrasadini V.T.V Deivanayagamin their family business of import & wholesale distribution of commodities in Pettah. In 1964, he established Eswaran Brothers as a family partnership to venture into international trade.  Eswaran Brothers Exports Pvt Ltd is the third largest tea bag manufacturer in Sri Lanka. Mr. Eassuwaran was the Chairman of Eswaran Brothers Exports, T-Print Ltd and Mayfair Lanka Ltd.

He was a much-respected businessman who was a personification of humility and integrity.He was the President of National Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka 2009/2010.He was the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius in Sri Lanka from 1995 to 2012. He was also the Vice President of both Sri Lanka India Community Council and People of Indian Origin (PIO). Mr. Eassuwaran was also a Council Member of the Uva Wellasa University, Badulla. He was also a former President of the Duty-Free Association.

He was the Chairman of the Finance Committee in the construction of the 67.5 ft. Rambadagalle Samadhi Buddha statue in the precincts of Vidyasagara Pirivena Viharaya, Monaragala.  This project was his dream and initiation. He brought down expert sculptors from India to complete this gigantic task. The Rambadagalle Samadhi Buddha statue was opened by H.E. President Sirisena on 30 April 2015. There were several more Societies and Trusts that were set up and guided by him to support religions and communities, i.e., in the Village of Vallanadu, India, the family has sponsored a school where 800 students are studying up to Pre-University level.

He was awarded the civil honour Deshabandu by the Government of Sri Lanka in 2017 for his services to the nation.

I have personally known Eassuwaran for 40 years and he has been a very genuine and sincere friend to me and sometimes plays the role of an elder brother. His humility and ‘smile from the heart’ is contagious. His patience and tolerance for human failure is unimaginably relaxing.I am so fortunate among others who had the opportunity to meet such a man and be his friend.

His family comprising of wife and four children became very close friends with my family.  His wife Thilaka dedicated her whole life in taking care and supporting her husband all the way. In fact, she derived her dignity in following in the steps of her beloved husband. Both Eassuwaran and Thilaka set fine examples to humanity. It is little wonder then that their two sons Ganesh and Subramaniam and two daughters Lalli and Priya have turned out to be such nice persons respecting the environment and rejoicing diversity.

Sages have said that Leaders are measured either by the assets or legend they leave behind. He accomplished both. In his lifetime of 75 years, he has done so much to communities that cannot be easily matched. I will surely miss him significantly for the rest of my life.

May he attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana.

Dr. Nalin Jayasuriya

1 Comment for “Deivanayagam Eassuwaren: Driven by thirst and passion to serve humanity”

  1. Lima

    YES , HE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON TO BE RESPECTED , I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN THEIR GROUP AND ALLONG WITH HIS BROTHERS , WHEN IT COMES TO HUMAN RELATIONS NONE CAN MATCH THEIR QUALITY , IT IS THE TRUTH AND CANNOT BE ERASED BY ANY MEANS . THEY ARE ALL DOWN TO EARTH AND PUT A SIDE THEIR QUALIFICATION , ETC. A VERY RARE OF A FAMILY TOGETHER WHICH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH THEM. STILL I ENJOY THEIR COMPANY BY EXCHANGING GREETINGS DURING THE NEW YEARS. ETC. . I CANNOT FORGET THEM AT ALL THAT EASILY AND NOBODY CAN FORGET THEIR HOSPITALITY . ALTHOUGH I COULD NOT ATTEND HIS FUNERAL AS I GOT TO KNOW LATER AND FEEL VERY SAD AS I MISSED HIM AT LEAST IN HIS LAST JORNEY. GOD KNOWS BEST OF ANYBODY NO MATTER THEY BELONG TO WHATEVER CAST , CREED OR RELIGON. HE IS A GEM OF A PERSON ALL ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY AND HIS BROTHERS. THAT IS WHAT I CAN SAY OF . FINALLY I EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SORROW AND EXTEND MY SYMPATHY IN THE DEMISE OF THIS GREAT SONF OF SRI LANKA

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