A. M. Nair

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Aiyappan-Pillai Madhavan Nair (1905–1990), also known as Nair-san, was closely involved with Japan in the Indian independence movement.

History[edit]

Nair did his basic schooling in Kerala. Nair had to leave Kerala at 18 as he led protests against some administrative steps taken by Education authorities in Travancore. At that time he had also spoken against the British. [1] He studied engineering in Japan at Kyoto University. After a short stint as an engineer he entered India's Freedom Struggle in his own individual capacity and soon teamed up with Rash Behari Bose. When Japan joined the Second World War, Nair helped in setting up the Indian Independence league in Japan under Rash Behari Bose and later he and Rashbehari Bose advised Japan Government to bring Subhas Chandra Bose to be brought to Japan. When Subhas came he helped him in various ways. [2]

In 1949, Nair founded an Indian restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.[3]

He wrote his Autobiography in 1982. It is called An Indian freedom fighter in Japan: Memoirs of A.M. Nair (1982) Sole distributorship, Ashok Uma Publications ISBN 0-86131-339-9

Last years[edit]

Nair was given the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Kun zuihosho) by Emperor Hirohito in November 1984. He died on 22 April 1990.[4]

Film[edit]

An upcoming film named Naiarsan starring Mohanlal and Jackie Chan is being made based on his life, directed by Alberrt Antoni.[5][6][7][8]

Autobiography[edit]

  • An Indian freedom fighter in Japan: Memoirs of A.M. Nair (1982) Sole distributorship, Ashok Uma Publications ISBN 0-86131-339-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/22366779?q=subject%3A%22Nair%2C+A.+M.+%28Nair%29%2C+1905-%22&c=book&versionId=27022442}}
  2. ^ "The Man Who Knew Netaji". Rediff.com. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ginza Nair's Restaurant". Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Million dollar Chan cameo in 'Nair San'". MSN. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 August 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mohanlal to play unsung freedom fighter in Indo-Japanese film". PTI – The Press Trust of India Ltd. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Malayalam Cinema News : Mohanlal's 'Aiyyapanpillai Madhavan Nair' is in Japan.....". Bharat Waves. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mohanlal, Jackie Chan to act together in Nair San". CNN-IBN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Mohanlal learns Japanese, Chinese". Deccan Herald. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. [dead link]

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