Sardar Vedaratnam

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Sardar Vedaratnam Pillai
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Born 25 February 1897
Vedaranyam, Tamilnadu
Died 24 August 1961(1961-08-24) (aged 64)
Occupation Freedom fighter, Philanthropist

Sardar Vedaratnam Pillai (25 February 1897 – 24 August 1961) was an Indian freedom-fighter, a leader of the Indian National Congress and a famous philanthropist who served as an MLA for three terms over a period of 14 years. He is known for his heroic contributions in the salt march of Vedaranyam in 1930, alongside C. Rajagopalachari.

In the year 1931, Vedaratnam was conferred with the title of ‘Sardar’ at the meeting of the Tamil Nadu Agriculturists and labourers at Tirunelveli, for his exploits in the Vedaranyam Salt March.

He was multi-lingual and patronised many native arts.

In the year 1946, he founded the Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam [1] which is a rural, charitable women's welfare organisation situated in Vedaranyam. This orphanage, since then, has continued its services of feeding, sheltering and educating many helpless girl children.

In the year 1997, the government of India honoured this leader by releasing a postal stamp in commemoration of his centenary celebration.

Early life[edit]

Vedaratnam was born on 25 February 1897.[2]

His Legacy[edit]

The rural women welfare organisation that he founded has provided succour to thousands of poor girl children over the years and is fully functional to the day. Many visitors from various countries have paid visits to Gurukulam and have appreciated their services.[3]

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