Shanakiyan is an elected member of the Sri Lankan Parliament by the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi since 2020.
He received his primary and secondary education from Trinity College – Kandy, and his tertiary education from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in commerce. He is currently completing the final year of the LLB from IDM campus in Sri Lanka.
As an elected parliamentarian from the Batticaloa district of Sri Lanka, he is most passionate about ensuring the protection and upliftment of the rights of his community, and of all Sri Lankans.
Further to his duties involved with local legislature, he is also an appointed Member of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Committee, the Consultative Committee of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Back-Benchers Committee and the Speakers Panel.