Freedom Fighters of Tamilnadu - V.O. Chidambaram Pillai
V.O. Chidambaram Pillai
V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, popularly best-known by his initials, V.O.C, Va Voo Cee, Kappal Oottiya Tamilzhan, was an Indian freedom fighter born on five Sep 1872 in Ottapidaram, Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu State of India. He was a prominent lawyer, and a trade union leader. He gets credit for launching the primary indigenous Indian shipping service between Turicorin and Colombo with the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company, competitive against britis ships. He was an Indian National Congress (INC) member, later charged with misdemeanour by the British government and sentenced to life imprisonment; his barrister license was stripped. he's conjointly called “Kappalottiya Tamilan”.
Vulaganathan Othapidaram Chidambaram Pillai or V.O.C was born on 05 Sep 1872 to an eminent lawyer Vulaganathan Pillai and Paramyee in Ottapidaram, Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu state in India. once finishing schooling in Othapidaram and Tirunelveli he worked for a number of years within the Othapidaram district body workplace. Later following his father’s footsteps he completed law.As a professional he usually pleaded for the poor, from time to time showing against his father, who appeared for the affluent. Among his notable cases, he proved corruption charges on 3 sub-magistrates. within the Kulasekaranallur Asari case he proved innocence for the suspect.
In the 1890s and 1900s India’s independence movement and also the Swadeshi movement, initiated by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Lala Lajpat Rai of Indian National Congress (INC), were at their peak. Mahatma Gandhi was yet to land in India. They were against British Imperial coercion of trade, that was damaging ancient Indian industries and also the communities hooked in to them. they're the essence of the Swadeshi movement. In Madras Presidency the Independence movement was championed by the likes of Subramanya Siva, the writer Subramanya Bharathi, and Aurobindo Gosh later to be joined by V.O.C He entered politics in 1905 following the partition of Bengal, joining the Indian National Congress and taking a conservativist stand. He additionally presided at the Salem District Congress session.
V.O.C., drawing inspiration from Ramakrishnananda, a follower of swami Vivekannanda, resorted to Swadeshi work. Following requests by local citizens, he initiated steps to interrupt the monopoly of British shipping within the coastal trade with Ceylon.On twelve Nov 1905, V.O.C. fashioned the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company, by buying 2 steamships ‘S.S. Gaelia’ and ‘S.S. Lawoe’, because of the help and support of Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Aurobindo Ghose. The ships commenced regular service between Turicorin and Colombo (Srilanka), against the opposition of British traders and also the Imperial Governmetn. V.O.C. was so laying the foundation for a comprehensive shipping business within the country, quite simply a commercial venture.
But newspapers had taken not of V.O.C. Sri Aurobindo’s nationalist Bengali newspaper Bande Mataram (splet and pronounced as Bonde Matorom within the Bengali language) acclaimed him (March twenty seven, 1908) with “Well Done, Chidambaram”. excluding the Madras press, Ananad Bazaar Patrika from Koldata (Calcutta) carried reports of his prosecution on a daily basis. Funds were raised for his defence not solely in India however additionally by the Indians in South Africa.
Apart from the Madras press, Ananad Bazaar Patrika from Koldata (Calcutta) carried reports of his prosecution on a daily basis. Funds were raised for his defence not solely in India however additionally by the Indians in South Africa. Bharathy gave proof within the case that had been instituted against him. V.O.C was confined within the Central jail, Coimbatore from nine July 1908 to 1 December 1910.
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