M. S. Udayamurthy

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M. S. Udayamurthy
Born 1928
Vila Nagar, Nagapattinam district, Tamilnadu
Died 21 January 2013 (aged 85)
Occupation writer, social activist

M.S. Udayamurthy (Tamil : எம். எஸ். உதயமூர்த்தி) (1927 or 1928 - 21 Jan 2013)[1] was a Tamil writer and social activist.

Author of several books on self-improvement, Udayamurthy’s prominent works include Ennangal (thoughts), Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (You can, brother), née than thambi mudhal amaichar (you are the chief minister).

An environmental activist, Udayamurthy, founder of Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam (People’s Power Movement), actively pursued projects like linking of rivers.

Born in Vila Nagar in the present Nagapattinam district, he obtained a doctorate in chemical engineering from the United States. He later returned to India with the idea of making a difference in public life. In 1988, he started the Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam. Dr. Udhayamurthy authored 23 books, most of which spoke on personality development and self-confidence. He also authored books on business and spirituality. He undertook four ‘padayatras’ stressing the need for synchronising various rivers in the country, covering more than 2,000 km.

In 1996, members of Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam contested 11 constituencies in the Assembly elections in the State. Dr. Udhayamurthy contested from Madurai. However, none of its candidates won. Later on, he made the organisation a non-political movement. He was one of the earliest civil society activists to make a foray into public life with a view to attracting the middle class to electoral politics.

List of books authored[edit]

  1. Unnal Mudiyum Thambi-Nammbu
  2. Mannam Pirathenai Manitharam
  3. Thalaivan Oru Sinthanai
  4. Uyar Manithan Uruvaakkum Gunangal
  5. Pirachenaiku Mudivu Kanbadhu Eppadi
  6. Athma Tharisanam
  7. Thatungal Therakepadum
  8. Naadu Enge Selgiradhu?
  9. Niithaan Thambi Mutaalamaicher
  10. Sinthanai Thozhlil Selvam
  11. Mannithe Uruvangel
  12. Nenje Anjathe Nee!
  13. Thannambikaiyum Uyaar Dharma Nerigalum
  14. James Allanin Vazhkaiyay Ammaikum Ennangal
  15. Veetriku Muthaalpadi
  16. Ulagaal Ariyapadatha Ragasiyam
  17. Sathanaiku Oor Paatai
  18. Sontha Kaalil Nill
  19. Vetri Manobhavam
  20. Ennangal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tamil writer M.S. Udayamurthy passes away, The Hindu, January 21, 2013