R. Ramanathan Chettiar

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Ramaswami Ramanathan Chettiar
Member of Lok Sabha for Karur
In office
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru,
Lal Bahadur Shastri,
Indira Gandhi
Preceded byK. Periasami Gounder
Succeeded byC. Muthuswamy Gounder
Member of Lok Sabha for Pudukkottai
In office
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru
Preceded byK. M. Vallatharasu
Succeeded byR. Umanath
Mayor of Madras
In office
Preceded byP. V. Cherian
Succeeded byC. H. Sibgatullah Saheb
Personal details
Born(1913-09-30)30 September 1913
Madras, British India
Died12 December 1995(1995-12-12) (aged 82)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Professionbusinessman, politician

Ramaswami Ramanathan Chettiar (30 September 1913 – 12 December 1995) was an Indian businessman, politician and bureaucrat who served as member of Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India and Mayor of Madras.

Early life[edit]

Ramanathan Chettiar was born to philanthropist Diwan Bahadur Ramaswami Chettiar on 30 September 1913.[1] Ramaswami Chettiar was the elder brother of Annamalai Chetiar.


Ramanathan Chettiar was a member of the Indian National Congress and played an active role in the Indian Independence Movement.[1] He served as a councillor in the Corporation of Madras from 1948 to 1952.[1] In 1949 he was selected Sheriff of Madras and in 1950 was elected Mayor of Madras, serving in both cases for a year.[2][1]

In the 1957 Lok Sabha elections, Ramanathan Chettiar was elected to the Indian parliament from the Pudukkottai Lok Sabha constituency. He was again elected for the period 1962–1967, this time from the Karur constituency.[3]


Ramanathan Chettiar was the first director of the Reserve Bank of India.[3] He also served as a member of the executive committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and as chairman of the Indian Handicrafts Development Corporation.[3]


Ramanatha Chettiar died on 12 December 1995 at the age of 82.[3] The Mayor Ramanathan Hall in Raja Annamalaipuram, Chennai, is named after him.


  1. ^ a b c d Indian Parliamentary companion: Who's who of members of Lok Sabha. Parliament of India. 2003. p. 443.
  2. ^ "Third Lok Sabha- Members Bioprofile". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Obituary References". Parliament of India. 20 December 1995.
Preceded by
P. V. Cherian
Mayor of Madras
Succeeded by
C. H. Sibgatullah Saheb