A commemorative postage stamp on M. P. Sivagnanam (Ma. Po. Si.), founder of Tamil Arasu Kazhagam (Association for Tamil Autonomy) :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 15, 2006
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Mylapore Ponnuswamy Sivagnanam
Born on Jun 26, 1906 at Salvankuppam, Chennai, Madras Presidency, British India
Died on Oct 3, 1995 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Ma. Po. Sivagnanam was a devout nationalist and freedom fighter, a great visionary, a Tamil scholar, and a prolific writer. Born to Shri Ponnusamy Giramini and Smt. Sivagami on 26th June 1906 in Chennai, he had to discontinue his studies due to poverty, and work as a labourer.
- In 1927, he joined the Congress Party and actively participated in the movement against the Simon Commission. In 1930, when Mahatma Gandhi conducted the Dandi March, Ma. Po. Sivagnanam also took part in The Salt Satyagraha at Chennai, under the leadership of Shri T. Prakasam. He was imprisoned in 1940 for joining in the ‘Individual Satyagraha‘ movement and again in 1942 for taking part in the Quit India Movement.
- In 1946, he founded The Tamil Arasu Kazhagam which participated in the movement for re-organization of the States on linguistic basis, and for formation of Tamilnadu State. He was elected as Alderman of the Corporation of Madras and continued for two terms upto 1952, and worked for the development of Madras.