India’s Forgotten Freedom Fighter : C. Rajagopalachari

The powerful Freedom Fighter, C. Rajagopalachari was born on December 10 in 1878,Thorapalli. He was known as Chakravarti Rajagopalachari or Rajaji.
He pursued his law from the Presidency College in Madras.In 1900 he began to practice law in Selam.’The  Tamil Scientific Terms Society’ was introduced by Rajaji in 1916
Being a legal advisor in Indian National Congress he defended against charges of sedition with Indian Independence activist P. Varadarajulu Naidu  in 1917.
In March 1930 he did a Dandi March in Vedaranyam and broke the salt law. He was an Editor of Young India Newspaper. In 1937 he was elected as the first Premier of the Madras Presidency from Congress party during madras elections.
In 1939 he issued the Temple Entry Authorization and Indemnity Act, were the Scheduled castes were allowed to enter temples. In 1950 just after we got independence he was chosen to be the last Governor-General of India. He was elected as Chief Minister of Madras state in the year 1952.
He resigned from the post of Chief Minister and started to write his own stories. One of his famous book was ‘Chakravarthi Thirumagan’, an epic about Ramayan. For this book later in 1958 he won Sahitya Akademi Award in Tamil language.
Rajaji was a great socialist and was awarded as the ‘Bharat Ratna’. In 1972, 25th December he died at the age of 94.


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