Governor hails T.N.’s role in Quit India movement

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Context:

  • Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said the people of Tamil Nadu had played a significant role in the Quit India movement.

Facts:

  • “The Gandhian leader Kamarajar, simple and non-violent in approach, exhorted the freedom-loving people of Tamil Nadu to fight whole-heartedly against the British.
  • Several leaders from the State were imprisoned; Kamaraj’s mentor S. Satyamurti died as a result of torture during imprisonment.
  • Presidency College, Pachaiyappa’s College, Loyola College and Madras Christian College led the strikes and demonstrations. Annamalai University had to be closed.
  • Queen Mary’s College was the first women’s college to organise a protest in the southern region.
  • The Governor briefly went off script, moving away from a prepared text to advise students on the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi. H
  • The Hitavada, a newspaper started by Gopal Krishna Gokhale.
  • “Not just the Quit India Movement, the contribution of Tamil Nadu to the freedom movement is significant. In fact, we were among the pioneers.
  • Tamil Nadu had produced several individuals who opposed the British much before most well-known resistance movements began.
  • Before the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, we had the 1806 Vellore Mutiny.
  • Before the formation of the Indian National Congress, we had the Chennai Swadeshi Sangam.

Source:TH