Tiruppur Kumaran, a daring freedom fighter and nationalist

Tiruppur Kumran. YouTube

Tiruppur Kumaran,Tamil Spider

Political scenario before 1947. a brief note:

When India's independence struggle was in full swing across India, countless patriotic people in Tamil Nadu joined the struggle and 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 tens of  thousands lost their lies in some part ; many patriots and 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.  As you may be aware, Church, supposedly most famous personality was a sworn racist and was against giving freedom to India. The British  never  wanted to loosen their tight grip on India which was a  milch-cow- giving them the needed revenue to run the empire and the small British island. 

 In the wake of WWII there was a big change in the  political scenario or kaleidoscope as if it was given a fresh shake.  Fighting  German, Italian, Japanese and other Axis armies, air-forces and navies across Europe was a tough job.  Britain was not capable of taking on mighty German army that had  far superior  war weapons.   Britain had to depend on its colonies  and their revenues., among them India's contribution was vast interims of  men, food and other supplies running into millions.  India's participation in the WWII was  based on Britain' assurance to make India a free country.

 Britain having taken severe crippling financial  strains both in the home land and abroad  in WWII (financed by loans and contribution from her colonies), 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  and adjacent regions  grabbed rich Bengal in the 18th century. The  vast plunder of Bengal directly contributed to the Industrial Revolution in Britain.  In the following centuries Britain grabbed the Indian states one by one, using various ruses. Indians were pushed to he point of asking the British government to leave India for good 

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With the money amassed from Bengal, the British used it  to invest in British industries such as textile manufacture  and greatly increased British wealth. They became export-oriented and now India became import-oriented, particularly finished products from Britain.  To make up the war losses  Indians had to pay heavy taxes. Many factors already  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.

Freedom struggle:

In the 1930s, the freedom struggle in India occurred sporadically and may patriots came forward unmindful of their family, livelihood, peaceful life, risk to their  survival, etc.,  and did something  memorable 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 ( born Kumarawamy 04th October 1904 – 11 January 1932),  was an Indian revolutionary.
His parents were Nachimuthu Mudaliyar and Karuppaayi.
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  in Thiruppur  holding the national flag  led by patriot P.S. Sundaram against the British government on 11 January 1932 over the arrest of Gandhiji, one of the prominent participant was Kumara, a young and married man, aged about 27.  The  protest march, it is said, was not turned unruly, but  the unsympathetic police resorted to heavy lathi charge.  Caught in the severe beating  was young  Kumaran  who died from injuries sustained from a police assault on the banks of Noyyal River in Tiruppur.  His body was lying on the road  with his hand firmly holding on to the national flag highlighting his patriotic zeal and freedom from the oppressive British rule.  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. Display of  National Flag in public  means severe punishment; the violator will face severe thrashing.
Thiruppur Kumaran memorial, Thiruppur Mem. park.planmitrip.in

Kumaran, courageous as he was,  had no fear for death or harsh punishment for  expressing  his loyalty to his mother land.  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).


Patriot Thiruppur Kumaran.  bharathgyanblog.wordpress.com

The State government on  3 October  2021  issued a G.O. for naming the road in Sampath Nagar in Erode after the late freedom fighter. The Present CM of TN  Sri M.K. Stalin on October 4 named a road on the occasion of his birth anniversary. He  unveiled the name board
 'Thiyagi Kumaran Road'. The road is across the Erode Collectorate who is still fondly being remembered as 'Kodi Katha Kumaran.'

                             (Minor revision made: 11 Dec. 2021)