Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Modern Kongu Vellalar Gounder

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The Gounder caste is a progressive caste which has excellent personae in various fields. The Coimbatore region flourishes mainly due to their innovation and hardwork in Agriculture, textiles (Salem, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur and Karur), Education (Namakkal, Coimbatore, Salem), Poultry Namakkal), Automobiles (Namakkal, Salem), Bus body building (Karur), Milk (Erode Aavin), Edible Oils (Erode), Turmeric (Erode has the largest market in South India) and Marketing of Cloths (Erode 24 hours market in every week) .Kongunadu has the highest urban proportion and contributes 2/3rd of Tamilnadu's income. Gounders always formed part of all ministeries with strategic portfolios earlier and now they have been relegated to third rate minstries and now are at a distance from "real" political power! When Rajaji was the Cm, he is said to have told people that he has three Gounder ministers just because Gounders are honest and committed. The population of Gounders is rapidly falling due to birth control and emigration of youth is seen as a possible source by which the caste is bound to disappear in the near future.

Sekkizhar - minister of Kulottunga who compiled 'Periyapuranam', a treatise on Saivite saints.(There is a graphic description of his life and how he came to write this magnum opus is narrated in a 14th cent Tamil work Thiruttoṇḍar-purāṇa-varalāru. Sekkiḻār who belongs to an agriculturist family of Veḷḷaḷar, rose to be the Chief-minister to the Choḻa emperor Kulottuṅga II.
The work ascribed to Umāpati Śivam of 14th cent gives two significant titles of Sekkiḻār.He is called "Gaṅgā-kula-tilaka" (verse -59) and "Bhāgīrati-kula-Tilaka")

S. "Best" Ramasamy is a Politician and Entrepreneur from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is the President of the Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam party (KMK). He is also the chairman of well known "Best Group" - a group of apparel and textile related companies in the city of Tirupur

U. Thaniyarasu 

U. Thaniyarasu is an Indian politician and incumbent Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the Paramathi Velur constituency. He represents the Tamil Nadu Kongu Ilaignar Peravai party.

 E. R. Eswaran, General Secretary of Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam (KMK)

Thiruvennai Nallur Sadayappa Vallal -(patron of Kambar) referred as Pannai kulathu Kongar kon in Ramavatharam (Kamba Ramayanam)(ref:''pannai vennai sadaya'' kambaramayanam verse 636 line 7)

P. Subbarayan - Premier of Madras Presidency (1926 - 1930), served in the cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru.

C. Subramaniam(1910 - 2000) - Former Union Minister, Deputy chairperson of the planning commission, Bharat Ratna Awardee(1998) and father of the Indian Green Revolution.

Mohan Kumaramangalam- Eminent lawyer, former Union Minister in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet and Communist leader.

Rangarajan Kumaramangalam - Eminent lawyer, former Union Minister and Congress/BJP leader.

T.M.Kaliyannan Gounder - Former MP (member of Constituent Assembly), Ex MLA,Ex MLC, Former Vice President of TNCC.

N.K.K.Periasamy - Former Provincial Minister for Pollution Control and Textiles, currently serving as State secretary for DMK Farmers union.

Kovai Chezian - Prominent politician.

C. P. RadhaKrishnan - Former MP(Coimbatore), Tamilnadu BJP leader.

Thambidurai -Former MP & Deputy Speaker of Loksabha.

K N Palanisamy Gounder - (KNP),Service oriented Leader of Congress Party,Ex MLA, Chairman of Tirupur.

M. Kannappan - A staunch supporter of Vaiko and treasurer of MDMK.

Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan - Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

C Ponnaian - Minister in the MGR and successive ADMK governments.

Pongalur N.Palanisamy - Minister for Rural Industries (Tamilnadu).

K. Subbarayan - CPI 's state leader and great orator.

K. A. Sengottaiyan - Former Minister of Tamilnadu, under J.Jayalalitha's leadership.

Muthur Saminathan - Won three times in legislative assembly elections in Tamilnadu and became state highway minister.

C. K. Kuppusamy - Member of Parliament from Coimbatore Constituency for three terms and Mass leader.

Durai Ramasamy - Former Minister, represented Vellakovil legislative constituency for five consecutive times.

Mullai Vendhan - (Morapur) Former Minister in the state Cabinet.

Dato Subramaniam -Former MIC Deputy President(Malaysia).

K. S. Ramasamy Gounder - of Koogalur - Ex Central Minister.

M.Cinnusamy Gounder ,(Karur) - Ex.Industrial Minister, Ex.M.P ,Ex.MLA.(AIADMK).

Mr.V.Senthil Balaij Karur -Transport Minister ,MLA.,(AIADMK).

R. Devarajan - Leader - Kongu Nadu Makkal Katchi.

Su.Duraisamy - Labour leader.

M.SelviMurugesan - Ex MLA (AIADMK) of Tamil nadu (2001-2006).

P.C.Ramasamy - Former Minister for Hindu religious rights and Charitable endowments, Tamilnadu.

Mr.C.Sivasamy - Ex.MLA - Tirupur.

E.M.Natarajan - M.A.,BL - Ex MLA (DMK) - Anthiyur, Tamilnadu (1968-78).

Mr. Sivakumar  - Tamil film and television actor

Mrs Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal ( K B Sundarambal)  -  Artist and singer


General Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam (1913-2000) - 7th Chief of Army Staff (June 7 1966 - June 7 1969), Distinguished Service Order (DSO) as a Major for action in Libya, erstwhile hero of the theme behind the 'Great Escape', when he escaped from a Nazi concentration camp. Padma Vibhushan - 1970.

D.R. Karthikeyan IPS - Former Bangalore City Commissioner of Police, Former Director - Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Justice P S Kailasam - former judge of the Supreme Court and former Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

E.C. Sakthi Chandrasekharan - B.E.M.S.E. (Princeton)- former Chief engineer of National Highways, Tamil Nadu.

S. G. Sengodayan - first nonbrahmin ICS.

Nalla Govindasway - former Superindent of Police, Tamil Nadu who received President's medal and Best Citizen award for his services.

Dr. P. Raja Goundan- General Manager ICF.

M.Thirumalaisamy, I.A.S - former TNPSC member; native of Dharapuram.

K.Sellamuthu, I.A.S - former Coimbatore Collector, presently Joint Secretary to the
government; native of Dharmapuri district.

K.Natarajan, I.P.S - DGP Vigilance; native of Dharapuram.


Dr. Veerappan Subramanian - Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Novel Laboratories, Inc. Former CEO of Kali Labs, USA.

A. Sakthivel - President Tirupur Exporters Association(TEA) and Chairman AEPC.

Nachimuthu Gounder - Along with Robert Stanes, P.S.G. Naidu and G.D.Naidu was responsible for the industrial revolution in Coimbatore.

B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar- Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore. Industrialist.

Pollachi N. Mahalingam - Chairman, Sakthi Group of Companies. Awarded the Padma Bhushan for 2006.

Chinnu Senthilkumar - Director, SanDisk Corporation, India Operations. Received "Young Scientist" award from President of India in 1991. Holds several Patents in Semiconductor Chip design. Well known figure in Semiconductor Industry.

R. Veeramani - Chairman of Gem Granites Group.

S. V. Balasubramaniam - Well known as S.V.B, Bannariamman groups, Bannari Amman Engineering College.

P.G. Periasamy - Founder and CEO PGP Groups, CMD of Dharani Sugars,Hotel Le Royal Meridian.

S. K. Maeilanandan - S.K.M. Cattle feeds.

K.Ramasamy - Chairman of ROOTS Industries Ltd., Automobile Masters degree holder from Lincoln Tech Institute, USA.

P.Duraisamy - Owner of Sakthi Masala, Erode.

Shanthi Gears, Coimbatore.

K. Ettikannan - CTB Enterprises.

K. K. Velusamy - Deccan Pumps.

Miller Ramasamy - A pioneer, who started the first hosiery industries in Tirupur.

K.P. Natarajan - Owner and founder of K.P.N travels.

Gopal Shivaram - Classic Polo Groups.

P.S.Velusamy Gounder -CMD of Sri Shanmugavel Mills Group , Dindigul.

S.Susindran - Chief Founder of Sabare International Ltd. Karur.

Eastman Palanisamy - Pioneer of Knitwear Processing Industry in India.,

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