Biography of Veerasingham Anandasangaree
Veerasingham Anandasangaree (born 1933), commonly known as V. Anandasangaree or Sangaree is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician. He is the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front.
Anandasangaree worked as a teacher and lawyer before taking to politics. He became the president of the TULF in 2002.
Veerasingham Anandasangaree was the only TULF Member of Parliament who refused to join the Tamil National Alliance, a coalition of Tamil parties allied with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), for the 2004 elections.
Veerasingham Anandasangaree is an outspoken critic of the LTTE and advocate of a federal solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict.
In 2006 Anandasangaree was named as the winner of the 2006 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.
The UNESCO statement said ‘As an indefatigable advocate of democracy and peaceful conflict resolution, he has contributed to raising awareness of the Tamil cause in a spirit of dialogue, while seeking to promote non-violent solutions to Sri Lanka and opposing terrorism’.