Thanthai N.SIVARAJ (29/9/1892 – 29/9/1964)
Those who have the principle that all their thoughts should be progressive and all their actions should bring benefit to the people would leave the seal of their influence deep in the heart of the people. Leader Thanthai N. Sivaraj can have that appreciation. He was born as a son in 1892 to Thiru Namaisvayam. He had education in Presidency and law colleges and became successful.
SERVICE TO EDUCATION:
After completion of studies in law he practiced as an advocate in the high court for some time. Then he was lecturer and Professor of law college. He held the view that education in general and knowledge in law in particular were essential for the progress of aboriginal society.
SERVICE TO SOCIETY:
Since his early days he had been rendering service jointly with aboriginal society. By his lectures of deep thinking he was counted as a good thinker by people. He convened many meetings and conferences for the sake of the people and gave them good ideas. Justice party and “Self respect Movement” best utilized him.
He was a good, decent and polite politician.
He became an M.L.A in Madras in 1922.
He was an M.P in 1944 and 1960. He was instrumental for the springing up of several students’ hostels in many places in the city. He had the principle that the agriculturists would not be agriculturists of their own lands until their slavery system changed. He rendered his services be being associated with many institutions connected with legislature. He became Mayor of the Madras Corporation in 1945. In 1942, he was elected leader of the ALL India Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Federation. Participating in the SAN FRANCISCO CONFERENCE, he explained the difficulties of poor Indians. In 1946 as no action was taken for redressing the difficulties and down- trod-den condition of his people he cast aside the honourable title “Diwan Bahadur” conferred by British government as a protest. He started an English weekly “JAI BHEEM” in 1946 to challenge the Indian and Britishers.
Even after the scheduled castes and scheduled Tribes Confederation assumed the form of political movement he was its all India leader. He was the guardian and incomparable leader of the INDAN REPUBLICIAN PARTY formed by Baba sahib in 1956. He participated in many executive committees and many active schemes for the country. In Delhi, in 1964, this beloved leader had come to fight for the benefit and welfare of Indian aborigines and died leaving millions of his followers to bemoan his loss.