BHARAT RATHNA Thiru K. KAMARAJ
Virudhunagar formerly known as Virudhupatti is one of the most important trade centres of tamilnadu. The birth place of Thiru K. Kamaraj is Virudhupatti and his parents were Thiru Kumarasamy and Tmt. Sivakamiammal. Thiru K. Kamaraj was born on July 15, 1903 in a humble family. He lost his father when he was six years. He had a deep love for his mother. He had his education in Kshatriya Vidhyasala, Virudhunagar and left the school in the middle of VI Standard.
The Freedom movements under the leadership of Gandhiji dragged him to the patriotic services of the country. He took active part in politics by joining the congress. The efforts taken by his relatives to keep him away from the political activities were of no use. He had vowed not to marry till India’s Independence.
He plunged deep into the Congress activities against the British rule taking Thiru Sathiamoorthy as his political Guru. He was in jail for about 9 years for taking part in freedom movements. When he became the president of Tamilnadu Congress he toured all over Tamilnadu and knew all about the economic condition and geographical features of the nook and corner.
When Thiru K. Kamaraj became the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu during 1954, he opened hundreds of schools in the villages to remove illiteracy. To improve agriculture, dams were built across rivers for irrigation and electricity purpose. The drive was made to enroll all the school going children introducing free midday meals to poor students in the schools. Many cottage industries were started in the rural areas in order to increase their income. His tenure of 9 years chief ministership was considered as golden period for Tamilnadu because of the clean, benevolent and popular administration. It was very much appreciated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of our Country. Nehru unveiled the statue of Thiru K. Kamaraj against his principle that too when Thiru K. Kamaraj was alive. It was a unique praise for Thiru k. Kamaraj.
Thiru K. Kamaraj resigned his Chief Minister post under his own K. Plan and became the president of the Indian National Congress. When Nehru passed away in 1964, there was a crisis about the person to lead the government. But it was solved easily by Thiru K. Kamaraj on his own basis of consensus of the Parliament members by nominating Lal Bahadur unanimously.
But when Lal Bahadur passed away in 1966, both the groups agreed for the candidature of Thiru K. Kamaraj but he refused abruptly and Indra Gandhi was selected with the Sagacious outlook of Thiru K. Kamaraj. The whole world perplexed at the strategy of Kamaraj and called him as KING MAKER.
Thiru K. Kamaraj has been an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi. At the time of his death he left no property and no bank money except few shirts and dhoties and about hundred rupees. This Simplicity and selflessness increased his fame to a greater height. This he inherited from Gandhiji. It is a proof that he passed away on the birthday of Gandhiji i.e. October 2, 1975.