K S Ramaswamy Gounder (aka K M Ramasamy Gounder, K M Ramasami Gounder) was born in 1922 in Kugalur near Gobichettipalayam of current Erode District. Ramaswamy Gounder was a politician and educationalist.
Ramaswamy Gounder was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha from Tamil Nadu during the periods 1957 to 1962 and again during 1977 to 1980. He was an MP of the Rajya Sabha during 1962 to 1974. As an MP, Ramaswamy served on a number of committees and was the Union Deputy Minister for Home, Education and Social Welfare during 1967 to 1972. He also headed the Indian Olympic contingent to the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Ramaswamy Gounder was also active in supporting a number of social and educational institutions. He established the Gobi Arts College at Gobichettipalayam in 1967 which started functioning in 1968. (A R Somasundara Gounder was the founder President and K A Muthuswamy Gounder was the founder Secretary of the college).
Chidambram Subramaniam (aka Father of the Green Revolution, C Subramaniam, CS) was a statesman, an independent activist, a visionary, credited for the Indian Green Revolution. C Subramaniam was born on January 30, 1910 at Senguttaipalayam in Pollachi. In his early days, CS was heavily influenced by his uncle, Swami Chitbhavanandha in shaping his life. He completed his schooling in Pollachi before doing his law degree at Chennai. During his college days he was part of the team which published the underground magazine Pithan, which was edited by Periyasaamy Thooran. C Subramaniam was imprisoned during the Quit India Movement in 1942.
He held a number of ministerial positions, including the post of Finance Minister during the Emergency (1975 to 1977). He was also Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. He was the Governor of Maharashtra in 1990.
C Subramaniam is the stalwart of the Indian Green Revolution, which helped India achieve self-sufficiency in food production. His team which helped achieve Green Revolution included M S Swaminathan, B Sivaraman and Verghese Kurein. C Subramaniam is the founder of Bharathidasan Institute of Management at Tiruchirapalli and National Agro Foundation at Chennai. He was also actively associated with the Ramakrishna Mission, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and played a major role in setting up of the IIT at Chennai and Neyveli Lignite Corporation.
C Subramaniam died on November 7, 2000 in Chennai.
C Subramaniam won a number of recognitions and awards including Bharath Ratna, the higher civilian award of India, in 1998.
CS was married to Sakuntala Subramaniam. His son S S Rajsekar, is a management consultant and a trustee of National Agro Foundation. His daughters are Aruna Ramakrishnan and Swathantra Sakthivel.
E R Easwaran was born in an agricultural family to Ramaswamy Gounder and Muthaaye on 30th June 1961 at Kokarayanpettai, near Pallipalayam, (bordering the Erode district) in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. He belongs to Sathanthai Kulam. He has two children.
Easwaran did his schooling at Vittampalayam near Kokarayanpettai and Engineering at Government Engineering College, Salem. He is currently engaged in construction and garment exports businesses based at Chennai, Tirupur and Erode.
Easwaran was actively engaged in the growth of Kongu Nanbargal Sangam at Chennai. He served on the Management Committee of Kongu Nanbargal Sangam for a number of years. Easwaran was also the General Secretary of Kongu Vellala Gounder Peravai.
Easwaran was one of the founders of the Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam (KMK), a political party representing the interests of the people in Kongu Nadu, and served as its General Secretary.
Easwaran contested the May 2009 Lok Shaba elections as a KMK candidate in the Coimbatore constituency and came third, securing 128,070 votes with the winner getting 293,165 votes. He also came third in the 2009 by election for Thondamuthur Assembly constituency within the Pollachi Parliamentary constituency.
Following realignment within KMK, Easwaran started Kongu Nadu Makkal Desiya Katchi (KMDK) on December 29, 2013 (birth date of Kovai Chezhiyan), as an alternative political party representing the interests of people in Kongu Nadu. Easwaran is the General Secretary of KMDK.
KMDK is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. KMDK has been allotted one seat by the NDA coalition at Pollachi. Easwaran is contesting this seat under KMDK.
Best Ramasamy was born on March 8, 1946 in an agricultural family at Velayudhapalayam near Tirupur. During his early childhood he lost his father at the age of 7, and the family was struggling in cultivating the dry agricultural lands. He migrated to Tirupur at the age of 12 and worked as an employee in a small garment factory till his age of 18.
He ventured into business at the age of 19, starting by selling firewood to factories and in 1967 took advantage of the textile industry boom in Tirupur by setting up a small garment factory called Best Knitting Company. Since then Best Knitting Company has expanded significantly and today, the Best Corporation Private Limited group, has a turnover of US$ 90 million and employs over 5000 staff with Ramasamy as its Chairman.
As of 2014, Best Corporation’s operations are managed by Mr. R. Rajkumar, Managing Director and Mr. R. Dhanapal, Joint Managing Director under the guidance of Best S.Ramasamy as its Chairman.
Ramasamy has been associated with various Kongu organisations for a long time. In 1988 he was one of the founders of Kongu Vellala Goundergal Peravai. He served as the President of the Peravai in 2007. He was also associated with the launching of Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam (KMK) as a political party and served as its president when the party was launched in 2009 at Coimbatore.
Ramasamy contested the May 2009 Lok Sabha elections as a KMK candidate in Pollachi Constituency and came third securing 103,004 votes, while the winning ADMK candidate got 305,935 votes.
N S Palanisamy (aka NSP) was born to Sami Gounder and Samiathal. He is the only son for his parents and his sister is Rukmani. N S Palanisamy is an active politician and was Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Tamil Nadu Assembly in 1991 from Kinathukadavu constituency, part of Pollachi. He was elected as an Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate.
N S Palanisamy is married to Rathinam and they have two sons and one daughter. His younger son Vetri is a cinematographer for a number of films including the film Veeram released in 2014.
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