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  • List of people from Tamil Nadu 1

    List of people from Tamil NaduThis is a list of notable people from Tamil Nadu, an Indian state.

    Administrators and Heads of State

    Heads of other countries Veerasamy Ringadoo (19202000), was Governor-General & President of Mauritius. Angidi Veeriah Chettiar, Acting President of Mauritius (Feb 15, 2002 - Feb 18, 2002). Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay, Acting President of Mauritius (Feb 18, 2002 - Feb 25, 2002). Sellapan Ramanathan, President of Singapore (September 1, 2002 August 31, 2011).

    International positions Navanethem Pillay - High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN. Radhika Coomaraswamy - Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Representative for Children

    and Armed Conflict James Appathurai - Spokesperson for NATO. Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar - served as the first President of the United Nations Economic and Social

    Council,Member of the Viceroy's Executive Council.

    Presidents of the India Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, 2nd President of India Ramaswamy Venkataraman (born 1910), 8th President of India (July 25, 1987 July 25, 1992) A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (born 1931), 11th President of India (July 25, 2002 2007)

    Dewans of princely states Ramayyan Dalawa, Dewan of Travancore from 1737 to 1756 A. Seshayya Sastri (18281903), Indian administrator. Dewan of Travancore from 1872 to 1877 and Pudukkottai

    from 1878 to 1894. Ramiengar, Dewan of Travancore from 1881 to 1887 K. Seshadri Iyer, longest serving Dewan of Mysore state Shungrasoobyer, Dewan of Travancore from 1892 to 1898 P. Kalifulla, (1888 - 1950) Khan Bhadur - Dewan of Pudukottai,Madras Legislative Assembly from

    Tiruchirappalli in the 1937 elections. P. Rajagopalachari, Dewan of Cochin from 1897 to 1901 and Travancore from 1904 or 1906 to 1914 V. T. Krishnamachari, Dewan of Baroda R. K. Shanmukham Chetty, Dewan of Cochin from 1931 to 1945 C. P. Ramaswami Iyer (18791966), Advocate General of State of Madras in the 1920s, penultimate Dewan of

    Travancore Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar, last Dewan of Mysore state

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    Indian independence movement Dheeran Chinnamalai (17561805), Polygar chieftain who fought the British in the Second Polygar War. Kattabomman (17601799), polygar chief of Panchalakurichi who fought the British in the First Polygar War. Maruthu Pandiyar, brothers Periya Marudhu and Chinna Marudhu, who fought the British in the First and Second

    Polygar Wars.

    Subramanya Bharathi -Tamil poet

    Puli Thevar, Polygar chieftain who fought the British East India Company in the1750s and 1760s. First general of Tamil origin to fight against the British.

    Rani Velu Nachiyar, a queen and freedom fighter Chempakaraman Pillai, an Indian warrior who attacked the East India Company from

    the Emden Submarine; formed International Cadet Corps ICC. S. Subramania Iyer (18421925), lawyer, jurist and theosophist who co-founded the

    Home Rule Movement G. Subramania Iyer (18551916), Freedom fighter and founder of "The Hindu"

    English newspaper. V. O. Chidambaram Pillai (18721936), independence fighter, who launched the first

    Indian ship on Indian waters under British Rule. V. V. S Iyer (18811925) Tamil scholar and freedom fighter

    Ramalingam Pillai, Tamil freedom fighter and poet Subramanya Bharathy (18821921), Indian freedom fighter, Tamil poet and social reformer. Often regarded as

    the national poet of India. V. Kalyanasundaram (18831953), scholar and independence fighter Subramaniya Siva (18841925), freedom fighter and close associate of Bharathi and V. V. S. Iyer Sathyamurthy (18871943), Indian freedom fighter and leader of the Indian National Congress in the erstwhile

    Madras presidency Vanchinathan (18861911), Indian Tamil independence activist who killed General Ash and committed suicide at

    Maniyachi Kalki Sadasivam (19021997), singer, journalist and film producer who was one of the founders of the Tamil

    magazine Kalki; U. Muthuramalingam Thevar, freedom fighter and aide to SC Bose. Tiruppur Kumaran, independence fighter Lakshmi Sehgal (19142012), head of Rani Jhansi brigade, women's wing of the Indian National Army G. S. Lakshman Iyer, freedom fighter who also fought for the rights of Harijans

    Political leaders

    Chief Ministers of Madras province, state and Tamil Nadu P. Subbarayan, Premier of Madras from 1926 to 1930 P. T. Rajan, Premier of Madras in 1936 C. Rajagopalachari, Premier of Madras (1937 to 1940) and Chief Minister of Madras state from 1952 to 1954 P. S. Kumaraswamy Raja, Premier of Madras 1949 to 1952 K. Kamaraj, Chief Minister of Madras state from 1954 to 1962 M. Bhaktavatsalam, Chief Minister of Madras state from 1962 to 1967 C. N. Annadurai, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1967 to 1969 M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu 1969-1977, 19881991, 19962001, 20062011 M. G. Ramachandran (19771987)

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    V. R. Nedunchezhiyan, Intermin Chief minister of Tamil Nadu O. Paneerselvam, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu May 14, 2001 and September 21, 2001 Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu 16 May 2011 - Present

    Ex-ministers in the Union government C. Subramaniam (19102000), former Union Minister, Bharat Ratna awardee, father of Green Revolution K. S. Ramaswamy Gounder, (19222004), former Minister for Home, Education and Social Welfare R. K. Shanmukham Chetty (18921953), first Finance Minister of independent India Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, lawyer, former Union Minister and son of Mohan Kumaramangalam K. Santhanam (18951980), first Railway Minister of independent India T. T. Krishnamachari (18991974), industrialist and Indian Finance Minister 19561958 and 19641966,

    resigning from the position twice Satyavani Muthu, first non-congress member from Tamil Nadu along with Aravind Pajanoor to be part of the

    Union government Murasoli Maran, former Minister of Industry India Mani Shankar Aiyar (born 1941), former Minister of Panchayat Raj, Youth Affairs, Sports and North East Region

    India Anbumani Ramadoss, former Minister of Health and Family Welfare India T. R. Baalu, former Minister of Shipping, Highways and Road Transport India K. Venkatapathy, former Minister of State for Law and Justice, India S. Regupathy, former Minister of State for Forests and Environment (Independent Charge), India E. V. K. S. Elangovan, former Minister of State for Textiles of India R. Velu, former Minister of State for Railways, India V. Radhika Selvi, former Minister of State for Home Affairs, India A. Raja, Former Minister of Communications and Information Technology India M. Arunachalam, former Minister for Commerce and industries

    Ministers to the Union of India P. Chidambaram (born 1945), Minister of Home Affairs, India G. K. Vasan, Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation(Independent Charge), India M. K. Azhagiri Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers S. S. Palanimanickam, Minister of State for Finance, India Napoleon (actor), Minister of State for Social Justice And Empowerment S. Jagathrakshakan, Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State, Culture, Planning and Parliamentary Affairs R. V. Swaminathan, Minister of state,Agriculture

    Defence (India) General Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam (19132000), 7th Chief of Army Staff (June 7, 1966June 7,

    1969) General Krishnaswamy Sundararajan (19301999), 14th Chief of Army Staff (February 1, 1986April 30, 1988) Air Chief Marshal Srinivasapuram Krishna Swamy (born 1943), 19th Chief of Air Staff (December 31, 2001

    December 31, 2004). Admiral Sushil Kumar, 18th Chief of the Naval Staff (December 30, 1998December 29, 2001) Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas

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    Award winners

    Nobel Laureates


    Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, for Physics - 1930 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, for Physics - 1983 Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, for Chemistry - 2009

    Ramon Magsaysay Award

    M. S. Swaminathan, for Community Leadership - 1971 M. S. Subbulakshmi, for Public Service - 1974 R. K. Laxman, for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts - 1984 Aruna Roy, for Community Leadership - 2000 V Shanta, for Public Service - 2005

    Bharat RatnaThe Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian honour. C. V. Raman for Science & Engineering 1954 C. Rajagopalachari for Public Affairs 1954 K. Kamaraj for Public Affairs 1976 (posthumous) A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for Science & Engineering 1997 C Subramaniam for Public Affairs 1998 M.S. Subbulakshmi for Arts & Music 1998 M.G. Ramachandran for his reformation activities and support from Tamil Nadu 1988.

    Padma Vibhushan

    M. S. Subbulakshmi

    Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan Science- 1954[1]

    Naryana Raghvan Pillai for Public Affairs - 1960 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar for Science & Engineering - 1968 Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar for Civil Service - 1970 T. Swaminathan for Civil Service - 1973 M. S. Subbulakshmi for Arts - 1975 T. Balasaraswati for Arts - 1977 M. S. Swaminathan for Science & Engineering - 1989 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for Science & Engineering - 1990 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer for Arts - 1990

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    Viswanathan Anand

    V. Arunachalam, for Literature & Education - 1990 Lakshmi Sahgal for Public Affairs - 1988 DK Pattammal for Arts - 1999 R. Chidambaram for Science & Engineering - 1999 R. K. Narayan for Literature & Education - 2000 K. Kasturirangan for Science & Engineering - 2000 C. Rangarajan for Literature & Education - 2002

    R. K. Laxman for Arts - 2005 Raja Jesudoss Chelliah, for Public Affairs - 2007 Balu Sankaran, for Medicine - 2007 V. Krishnamurthy, for Civil Service - 2007 Vi


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