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Soundram's service remembered

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Postage stamp released to mark commemoration of her centenary



PATRIOT REMEMBERED: Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran releasing the T.S. Soundram centenary commemoration stamp in Chennai on Sunday. Also seen (from left) are R. Kousalya Devi, Managing Trustee, Gandhigram Trust; N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu ; N.S.V. Chitthan, Congress MP; Sarojini Varadhappan, president, All-India Women's Association; Venu Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Motors; G.K. Vasan, TNCC president; and Vatsala Raghu, Principal Chief Postmas ter-General, Tamil Nadu Circle. — Photo: S. Thanthoni

CHENNAI: Glorious tributes were paid to T.S. Soundram, freedom fighter and founder of Institutions of Gandhigram, for her contribution to the freedom movement and service to the country as legislator, Minister and educationist, at a function here on Sunday.

Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran released a postage stamp to mark the centenary commemoration of Soundram. R. Kousalya Devi, Managing Trustee, Gandhigram Trust, received the first album. Mr. Maran said the Gandhigram Rural Institute contributed significantly to the Centre's rural development projects.

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu , recalled Soundram's commitment to Gandhian values and rural development. But her dream to make primary education free and compulsory had not been fulfilled in many parts of the country. Though Indian economy had attained a higher growth trajectory in some respects, steps should be taken to make a dent on mass deprivation and achieve the goal of free and compulsory primary education. He recalled Soundram's contribution to medicine and public health.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee G.K. Vasan said while serving as a legislator and Minister, Soundram had reflected the sentiments of the people. Her initiative to create a cooperative credit system for farmers would be always remembered.

N.S.V. Chitthan MP said the freedom fighter had served the country as a Minister under the stewardship of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.

Sarojini Varadappan, president, All-India Women's Association, said the stamp on the freedom fighter, who had won the appreciation of Gandhiji, was aptly released on her birth anniversary.

Venu Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Motor Company, thanked Mr. Maran for bringing out the stamp at a short notice.

Vatsala Raghu, Principal Chief Postmaster-General, spoke.

During the last 16 months, 12 stamps, including the commemorative stamps on Tiruppur Kumaran, Marudhu Pandiar, Baskara Sethupathi, Dheeran Chinnamalai and Soundram, were released in the State. Stamps on Tiru.Vi.Ka., Kavimani Desikavinayagam Pillai and N.M.R. Subbaraman would be released.

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