A person who I always adore for his simplicity, honesty & integrity. Am proud to have known this legend who has ruled our state and would wish to follow his footsteps.. Am happy to be sharing this so that you can be proud either!
LIFE HISTORY OF THE KING MAKER, KAMARAJAR
Thiru.K.Kamarajar, popularly known as Perunthalaivar, Karma veerar, Iron Man was an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu. He was widely acknowledged as the "Kingmaker" in Indian politics during the 1960s. He was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu during 1954-1963 and a Member of Parliament during 1952-1954 and 1967-1975. He was known for his simplicity and integrity!
Being straight forward and man of the people, his simple advice to his ministers serves as an eyeopener to his successors & followers - "Face the problem. Don't evade it. Find a solution, however small. People will be satisfied if you do something".
He paved the way for the growth of industrial, agricultural and educational sectors..
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS GREAT MAN WHO WAS ADORNED WITH 'SIMPLICITY' WHILE 'IN POWER'!
In his Political life:
Kamaraj was involved in the Indian Independence movement and was a close ally of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
As a high ranking office bearer of the Indian National Congress, he was instrumental in bringing to power two Prime Ministers, Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1964 and Indira Gandhi in 1966.
it was at the age of 16 that he joined the Indian National Congress as a full time worker. His task was to invite speakers, make arrangements for meetings and collect funds for the Congress party.
In the year 1930, Kamaraj also participated in a rally to Vedaranyam spearheaded by C. Rajagopalachari as a part of the salt Satyagraha.
On April 13, 1954, K. Kamaraj reluctantly became the Chief Minister of Madras Province.
Predominant Role in Education:
During British regime the education was only 7 percent. But in Kamaraj’s period it was 37% . During Rajaji’s period there were 12000 schools in the state.Whereas it was 27000 in the period of Kamaraj.
He removed the system of communal education started by Rajaji. He ordered to re-open the 6000 elementary schools closed by Rajaji. Moreover he opened 14000 new schools.
No village remained without a primary school and no panchayat without a high school. Kamaraj strove to eradicate illiteracy by introducing free and compulsory education upto the eleventh standard.
He introduced the Mid-day meals Scheme to provide at least one meal per day to the lakhs of poor children.
Free school uniforms was introduced to weed out caste, creed and class distinctions among young minds.
Contribution in Industrial sector:
Large and small-scale industries were flagged off generating employment opportunities
Thousands of villages were electrified. Rural electrification led to the large-scale use of pumpsets for irrigational purposes and agriculture-received impetus.
Kamaraj made the best use of the funds available through the Five-Year Plans and guided Tamil Nadu in deriving the maximum benefit.
A man with a Mission:
His approach to governance and party control was never tainted with religious overtones and a secular commitment was natural.
Due to Kamaraj's efforts, TamilNadu raised high in social and economic rankings compared to other states.
He was able to invoke cooperation, dedication and willingness ungrudgingly among his political colleagues.
He suggested to Nehru that senior Congress leaders should leave ministerial posts to take up organisational work. This was called ‘Kamaraj Plan’, designed to dispel from the minds of Congressmen the lure for power, creating in its place a dedicated attachment to the objectives and policies of the organisation.
Honours for this honourable man!
Due to his selfless service for the good of the poor and the downtrodden in the society, he was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, posthumously in 1976.
The domestic terminal of the Chennai airport is named "Kamaraj Terminal" in his honour and the Madurai Kamaraj University has been renamed after him.
People fondly called him the Gandhi of South India or even the Black Gandhi.
He was hailed as one of the greatest of leaders of all the free world by the then US vice-president Hubert Humphrey