John Thivy

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John Thivy
1st President of Malayan Indian Congress
In office
August 1946 – 1947
Succeeded by Baba Budh Singh Ji
Personal details
Born 1904
Died 1959
Nationality Flag of Malaya.svg Malaya
Political party Malayan Indian Congress
John Thivy
to  Mauritius
In office
September 2, 1950 – September 10, 1953
Preceded by Dharam Yash Dev
Succeeded by A. M. Sahay
to  Syria
In office
September 10, 1953 – 1955
Succeeded by de:V. M. Madhavan Nair
to  Italy
In office
1955 – 1955
Preceded by Binay Ranjan Sen
Succeeded by es:Khub Chand
to  Netherlands[1]
In office
December 6, 1957 – June 4, 1959
Preceded by Birendra Narayan Chakravarty
Succeeded by Raj Krishna Tandon

John Aloysius Thivy (1904–1959) was a prominent Malayan Indian nationalist and the founding president of the Malayan Indian Congress. He was a lawyer by occupation.

Thivy finished schooling at St. Michael's Institution in Ipoh, Perak. He studied law in London, before returning to practise in Malaya. In London, Thivy had a chance to meet Mohandas Gandhi and came to be interested in the Indian independence movement. On his return to Malaya, after getting his law degree in 1932, he became involved in the Indian nationalist movements.

Later, after the fall of Malaya to the Japanese, Thivy's interest was rekindled by a speech given by Subhas Chandra Bose in one of his rallies in 1943. Thivy joined the Indian National Army in 1943 and served in the Burma Front.

After the Japan's surrender, John Thivy was held at Changi prison for collaboration and was only released after India's independence.

In August 1946, Thivy became the Founder President of the Malayan Indian Congress (MIC), which represented Indian interests in Malaya. He was helped in the setting up of the party by other notable individuals such as Janaky Athi Nahappan. The MIC was modelled after the Indian National Congress. The party participated in the Malayan Independence movement.

In 1948, Thivy was appointed as an official to represent India in Southeast Asia by the Nehru Government.

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  1. ^ Thivy, presents in Huis ten Bosch palace Juliana of the Netherlands an eight-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, [1]