Monday, 14 August 2017

Tiruppur Kumaran, a daring freedom fighter and nationalist

Tiruppur Kumran. YouTube

Tiruppur Kumaran,Tamil Spider

When India's independence struggle was in full swing across India, countless patriotic people in Tamil Nadu joined the struggle ans showed their solidarity with other Indian freedom fighters.  That India got her freedom  from Britain with ease without losing people in thousands is a matter of conjecture. People in thousands lost their lies; many heroes died unsung. Millions died in Bengal famine of 1770 and 1943, the latter being  artificially created by Churchill and his cronies who committed genocide on the Indian soil. The British had never loosened their tight grip on India. In the wake of WWII Britain having taken severe beating, India became unmanageable and the British had no choice except to  leave India  for good. India could have gotten her freedom long ago, but the conservative British politicians, in particular, Winston Churchill never wanted Britain to leave India as it was the main source of income for the British. It is a known fact that the British economy had vastly improved since Clive and others  grabbed rich Bengal in the 18th century. The plunder of Bengal directly contributed to the Industrial Revolution in Britain. With the money amassed from Bengal, the British used it  to invest in British industries such as textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution and greatly increased British wealth. On the other hand, this led to  de-industrialization and famines in Bengal. In the following centuries Britain grabbed the Indian states one by one, using various ruses. Indians were paused to the point of asking the British government to leave India.

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In the 1930s, the freedom struggle in India occurred sporadically and may patriots came forward unmindful of their lives and did something and got a lasting name for their sacrifice, bravery and patriotism. One such person was Kumaran of Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu).

Kumaran also known as Tiruppur Kumaran (04th October 1904 – 11 January 1932) was an Indian revolutionary. Born in Chennimalai, Erode district in Tamil Nadu, he founded what was called Desa Bandhu Youth Association and  on occasions led protests against the British atrocities and misrule. He could not brook the poor treatment meted out to the Indian natives. He was sad that racial discrimination, exploitation of natives were very much across India. 

Freedom fighter Tiruppur Kumaran amudu - blogger

During a protest march against the British government on 11 January 1932, Kumaran  died from injuries sustained from a police assault on the banks of Noyyal River in Tiruppur. At that time, the British government banned the National flag created by the Indian Nationalists and gave severe punishment to those who had held the flag or hoisted it on buildings, etc. 

Kumaran, courageous as he was, was facing death without fear. Most importantly when dying, he was firmly holding the Indian National  flag and he had never let it go off his hand.  This gave rise to the epithet Kodi Kaththa Kumaran (Kumaran who held the flag).

Memorial, Tiruppur Kumaran,
In October 2004, India post issued a  commemorative stamp  to mark his 100th birth anniversary. There is a  statue  in Tiruppur city in his honor which is often used as a focal point for public demonstrations