Exposure in India
Namu spent almost a decade in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. These years were primarily spent on his studies and became a graduate of Pharmacy.
At the same time his dad escaped on boat to India from Sri Lanka fearing the Sri Lankan authorities. He started associating with Tamil moderate politicians and brings an umbrella organization for Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Namu was able to volunteer with an association involving with rural development in outskirts of Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. The members of the association were involved with setting up of Milk Producers Cooperatives and find solutions with renewable energy by setting of Methane gas production from manure of cows - for families who don’t have electricity in rural areas.
Namu’s father Ponnambalam decided to seek the refugee status in Canada and recognized the failure of forming a national council of Tamils to give strong voice of Tamils in the international stage. Eventually many moderate Tamil leaders were killed by extreme Tamil groups mainly by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
In the later part of 1988, Namu was able to join his family in Canada.