Namu Ponnambalam is a native of Alaveddy, Sri Lanka. He is the second son of Mr. & Mrs. Ponnambalam. Namu’s father was a socialist politician and elected as the chairman of Regional Council of Alaveddy -Mallakam in Sri Lanka. Namu’s dad was popularly known as VP by his initials.
In the caption picture, Young Namu arrive in Canada.
Namu’s father was involved in cooperative sector and in fact ran a successful cooperative society in the same region and was elected as its chairman for many years. The present day Gramin Bank – micro credit union was pioneered in 1950’s firstly as a Gramiya Bank under his leadership by the Alaveddy- Mallakam Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (Alaveddy Mallakam MPCS). The MPCS society was successful in running Grocery chains, Hardware Stores, Clothes Stores, Gas Stations, Montessori Schools and Hand Loom factories as well. Namu’s mother was a home maker and passed away in 1970’s.
In the picture ,Namu 's Father
During the time in or around 1970’s, he left leaning Socialist Parties was part of the government of Sri Lanka. Mr. Ponnambalam was never took any Sri Lankan governmental portfolio citing the government failure to fulfill minority right. This was the time Tamil Nationalism and Tamil extremism started to grow as well.
In 1975 Namu’s primary residence was bombed by the Tamil extremists and Namu, his only brother and their grandmother escaped the bombing by the Tamil extremist. In fact this was one of the early signs of the rise of extremism within the Tamil Community.