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Kumari Thanthai Marshall Nesamani

A. Nesamony, sometimes known as Marshal Nesamony, was a political leader from Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India. He was the second son of Kesavan Appavu Nadar, born on 12 June 1895 at Nesarpuram (Palliyadi) in Vilavancode Taluk, Kanyakumari district. He graduated from Maharaja's College in Thiruvananthapuram, and studied at law college in Thiruvananthapuram. He began practising in 1921. He was among those involved with the merger of four Taluks from Southern Travancore to Tamil Nadu.

He was a Member of Parliament elected from Tamil Nadu. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagercoil constituency as an Indian National Congress candidate in 1951, 1962 and 1967 elections.

He was also a Member of the Legislative Assembly. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as an Indian National Congress candidate from Killiyur constituency in 1957 election.

During the reorganisation of states language wise in 1956, Nesamony played a major role in the merger of Kanyakumari district with Tamil Nadu. Nesamony was a visionary whose role was instrumental in freeing the Tamilians. His powerful argumentative style helped him to place the resolution of merging the four southern taluks with Tamil Nadu and also made it implement amongst strong opposition.

Thiagi Sangaralinganar

Thiagi sangaralingar is a famous freedom figher during independance period. When south India was under Madras presidency, indian government had decided to split it into linguistic states namely Andra, Kerala, Karnataka & Madras State. He sacrified his life on continuous fasting, to insist the name Tamilnadu instead of Madras State.

Recently, Government of Tamilnadu has announced to build a memorial at Virudhunagar for rememberance of his sacrifice.

During the Thiagigal Dhinam on July 17th last year statues of Thiagi Sankaralingam and Thiyagi Arya alias Bhashyam in the Gandhi Mandapam complex were garlanded.

Silambu Chelvar Ma. Po. Sivaganam

M. P. Sivagnanam, (Mylapore Ponnuswamy Sivaganam) popularly known as Ma.Po.Si (26 June 1906 – 3 October 1995), was an Indian politician and the founder of the political party Tamil Arasu Kazhagam. He has authored more than 100 books. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Thiyagarayanagar constituency contesting as a DMK contestant in 1967. His participation in the demarcation of TamilNadu has made him an important figure in the state's history. It was through his efforts the state could retain Madras(now renamed as Chennai) and got Tiruttani from Andhra Pradesh (due to his the namade vs manade agitation) . He was the chairman (presiding officer) of Tamil Nadu Legislative Council when it was abolished by M. G. Ramachandran in 1986.

His love for and involvement with Tamil literature has brought him much praise. Ma.Po.Si's extensive research on Silappatikaram earned him the special title "Silambu Chelvar". His attraction towards this epic even made him name his daughters Kannagi and Madhavi. He was instrumental in reviving public interest about the poligar Veerapandiya Kattabomman through his biography of the chieftain written after researching folklore. The 1959 biopic of the same name was based on his book and made Kattabomman a household name in Tamil Nadu. In 1966, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his biography of Vallalar - Vallalar kanda orumaipaadu. In 1972 Government of India awarded him Padma Shri for Literature & Education. A commemorative stamp in his honor was released in 2006. Recently a statute of Ma.Po.Si is unveiled in T.Nagar.

W.P.A. Soundarapandian Nadar

W. Pattiveeranpatti Ayya Soundarapandian (September 28, 1893 – February 22, 1953) was a leading figure in Nadar Mahajana Sangam and became the first Nadar member of the Madras Legislative Council upon a recommendation by P.T. Rajan in 1920. He is known for his effort to associate the Nadar community with the Self-Respect Movement founded by Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. He was known as the uncrowned king of the Nadar community.

The Justice Party government of the Raja of Bobbili (1932-36) was infamous throughout the province for its corruption and misgovernance. Hence, by the mid-1930s, despite Soundarapandian's personal charisma, the influence of the Justice Party began to wane. Moreover, the social reform measures such as the Temple Entry Authorization and Indemnity Act of 1939 introduced by the Indian National Congress government of C. Rajagopalachari and the rise of the Indian National Congress leader K. Kamaraj within the ranks of the Nadar community triggered Soundarapandian Nadar's political decline. By the time, Kamaraj became the President of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee in the early 1940s, most of the Nadar community leaders had shifted their allegiance to the Indian National Congress and supported the Indian Independence Movement.

Pondy Bazaar, Chennai's principal shopping district is believed to have been named after Soundarapandian Nadar. A statue of the leader has been erected at the entrance of the bazaar and recently, a signboard was set up with the bazaar's name mentioned as "Soundarapandian Angad". The bronze statue was sculpted by NAGAPPA JAGANNATHAN and unvailed by the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in presence of Thiru Sivandi Adathinar.He was also active in setting up schools etc. for the Nadar community in his home town, Pattiveeranpatti. He is also referred to as 'The Uncrowned King of the Nadar Community' in many books and papers related to the Self Respect Movement. He was also instrumental in setting up the coffee co operative curing works in Pattiveeranpatti. His descendants continue to live in Pattiverranpatti.

K. T. Kosalram

K. T. Kosalram was an Indian politician. He was a member of Lok Sabha elected from Tiruchendur constituency in 1977, 1980 and 1984 elections. He was the main cause for the construction of Manimuthar Dam (Tirunelveli District). He is well remembered for his tremendous contribution towards social service and national Welfare. As a respect to carry on with the great works that the Great Leader initiated.. He also owned Dina Sethi, a newspaper from Purasawakkam, Chennai espousing the cause of Nadars.

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