C. Rajagopalachari, A Scholarly Leader
C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) was Chief Minister of Madras State (now Tamil Nadu) in India from 1952 to 1954. However, the name ‘Rajaji’ is almost forgotten today, even in Tamil Nadu. Very few people in India, particularly among Generations Y and Z, have even heard about him, leave alone remember him. However, many may not be aware that the name ‘Rajaji’ is well remembered even today in Malaysia. There is a Tamil language medium school (Rajaji was a great Tamil language scholar) registered and operating under his name in Penang, Malaysia. Really amazing recognition for Rajaji outside India.
Story and photograph by Prof. S. Venkateswaran.