A. Arulpiragasam

Arumugam Arulpiragasam (also spelt Arulpragasam) (c1890 –1975) was a leading Ceylon Tamil civil servant and Commissioner of Elections.[1][2]

A. Arulpiragasam

OccupationCivil servant

Early lifeEdit

Arulpiragasam was born around 1890.[3] He was the son of Arumugam, a schoolmaster from Valveddi in northern British Ceylon. He was educated at Udupiddy American Mission College,[4] Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai.[3]

Arulpiragasam married Sathyabaladevi, daughter of Kandiah from Udupiddy. They had three sons (Pulendran, Thavendran and Balendran) and four daughters (Saraswathi, Savitri, Thilakavathy and Punithavathy).[3]


Arulpiragasam joined the Government Clerical Service after school and later qualified as an advocate.[3] He then joined the Land Development Department as a Settlement Officer.[3] In 1942 he was moved to the Ceylon Civil Service where he worked on the Colombo Plan Exhibition.[3] He later served as Assistant Government Agent in Colombo, Puttalam and Kurunegala.[3] He went on to serve in numerous senior civil servant positions including Registrar General (1952) and Commissioner of Elections (1955–57).[3] He also held a senior position at Lake House Newspapers.[3]

Arulpiragasam was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1953 New Year Honours.[5] He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1954 Birthday Honours.[6]

Arulpiragasam died in 1975.[3]


  1. ^ "History". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05.
  2. ^ "Chandrananda de Silva didn't do it". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 24 September 2000.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. pp. 13–14.
  4. ^ "150 years of Uduppidy A.M. College". www.island.lk. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  5. ^ "Fifth Supplement". The London Gazette (39736): 48. 30 December 1952.
  6. ^ "Fourth Supplement". The London Gazette (40191): 3304. 1 June 1954.