| Honourable |
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament |
for Vanni District
|Born||15 May 1960|
|Political party||Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization|
|Tamil National Alliance|
|Ethnicity||Sri Lankan Tamil|
Raja Kuhaneswaran (born 15 May 1960; also known as Irasa Kuganeswaran) is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former Member of Parliament.
Kuhaneswaran was born on 15 May 1960.He is a Hindu.
Hinduism has a long tradition and is the oldest religion in Sri Lanka. More than 2000 years civilization have proved so far from Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. Hindus currently make up 12.60% of the Sri Lankan population, and are almost exclusively Tamils apart from small immigrant communities from India and Pakistan such as the Sindhis, Telugus and Malayalees. In the 1915 census they made up almost 25% of the population, which included the indentured labourers the British had brought. Due to emigration, today they are still a sizeable minority. Hinduism is dominant in the North and Eastern provinces, where there are predominantly Tamil people. Hinduism is also practised in the central regions as well as in the capital, Colombo. According to the government census of 2011, there are 2,554,606 Hindus in Sri Lanka constituting 12.6% of the country's population. During the Sri Lankan Civil War, many Tamils fled to other countries. There are Hindu temples abroad which were built by the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora to maintain their religion, tradition and culture.
Kuhaneswaran contested the 1989 parliamentary election as one of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization's candidates in Vanni District and was elected to Parliament.He was not re-elected at the 1994 parliamentary election.
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Vanni Electoral District is one of the 22 multi-member electoral districts of Sri Lanka created by the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka. The district covers the administrative districts of Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya in the Northern province. The district currently elects 6 of the 225 members of the Sri Lankan Parliament and had 253,058 registered electors in 2014.
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