Chidambaram Pillai, the champion of Tuticorin Once a prominent businessman, Pillai died in penury insurviving his last days by selling his law books Last Published: Fri, Sep 08 Pillai A statue of V. Chidambaram Pillai at the eponymous Thoothukudi college.
From Chidambaram was influenced by Tilak Maharaj, and became his disciple. Following the partition of Bengal in Chidambaram entered politics, joining the Indian National Congress and taking a hardliner stance. He also presided at the Salem District Congress session.
He registered the Swadeshi Shipping Company in October The number of shares was 40, and the face value of each share was Rs. In the beginning, the Company didn't own any ships, instead leasing them from Shawline Steamers Company. Realizing the need for the Swadeshi Shipping Company to own its own vessels, Chidambaram travelled around India selling shares in the company to raise capital.
He vowed, "I will come back with Ships. Otherwise I will perish in the sea". He managed to secure sufficient funds to purchase the company's first ship, the SS Gallia ;  shortly afterwards they were able to acquire the S. In response to the new competition, the B. Swadeshi company responded by offering a fare of Re.
The British company went further by offering a free trip to the passengers plus a free umbrella; however, nationalist sentiment meant that the free service was underused. The ships commenced regular service between Tuticorin and Colombo Sri Lankaagainst opposition from British traders and the Imperial Government.
Coral Mill strike[ edit ] Main article: Tinnevely Riot of On 23 February Chidambaram gave a speech at Thoothukudiencouraging the workers at Coral Mill now part of Madura Coats to protest against their low wages and harsh working conditions.
Four days later, the workers of the Coral Mill went on strike. Chidambaram and Subramanya Siva led the strike.
Their demands included incremental earnings, weekly holidays and other leave facilities. Chidambaram ensured the strike was widely publicised, and it quickly gained popular support.
On 6 March the head clerk Subramanya Pillai met Chidambaram and said that the management was ready to concede their demands. Chidambaram went with 50 workers and met the managers, who agreed to increase the wages, to reduce the working hours and to give leave on Sundays.
The workers went back after a nine-day strike. The outcome of the strike encouraged the workers of other European companies, who also gained increased wages and better treatment.
Aurobindo appreciated Chidambaram and Siva for the unequalled skill and courage with which the fight was conducted in his Vande Mataram daily on 13 March Arrest and imprisonment[ edit ] V.
Hearing of his intention to speak at a rally celebrating the release of Bengali leader Bipin Chandra PalWinch, a British official invited Chidambaram to meet him in Thirunelveli with his political comrade Subramanya Siva.
At the meeting, Winch expressed concern at Chidambaram's activities and asked him to give assurances that he would not participate in any political revolt.
Chidambaram refused to accept his conditions, and so he and Siva were arrested on 12 March The arrest met with widespread protest. In Thirunelveli shops, schools and colleges were closed in protest, and rioting broke out.
Thirunelveli municipal office, post offices, police stations and municipal courts were attacked. A general strike was declared in Thoothukudi, which was the first political strike in India. Although his supporters were able to raise sufficient funds for bail, Chidambaram refused to leave the jail without the release of Siva and his other comrades.
Subramanya Bharathi and Subramanya Siva also appeared in the court for questioning for the case instituted against Chidambaram. Chidambaram refused to take part in the proceedings. He was charged with sedition and a sentence of two life imprisonments in effect 40 years was imposed.Sep 06, · Freedom fighter, th Birthday, 5 September- Kappalottiya Tamizhan V.
O. Chidambaram Pillai, He launched the first indigenous Indian shipping service. V. O. Chidambaram Pillai was born on 5 September in Ottapidaram (only in Ottapidaram and not in Vandanam), Tuticorin districter Olaganathan Pillai and Paramayee Ammal.
When Chidambaram was six years old he learnt Tamil from the teacher Veeraperumal heartoftexashop.com: September 5, , Ottapidaram, Tamil Nadu, India. When M.K. Gandhi arrived in Madras (now Chennai) in , among those seeking a private audience with him was a man called V.O.
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உ. சி’ என்று. V O Chidambaram Pillai spent such an impoverished lifestyle after he was released from prison that Justice Wallace who sentenced V O C to prison restored his bar license. But V O C was never successful in repaying his debts and lived in poverty till the end of his life on November 18, Aug 17, · Valliappan Olaganathan Chidambaram Pillai, popularly known by his initials, V.O.C., also known as Kappalottiya Tamilan "The Tamil Helmsman", was a Tamil political heartoftexashop.com was a disciple of Bal.