Marking our Nation's Independence day today, I wanted to share the story of Tirupur Kumaran who hails from Tamil Nadu.
Kumaran (1904 – 1932) was an Indian revolutionary and a staunch freedom fighter. . Kumaran was born in Chennimalai on 04-10-1904, a small town in the Erode District in Tamil Nadu. He was deeply involved in desabandu youth movement and participated in the Indian independence movement. During one of his march against British colonial rule, he held the flag of Indian Nationalists. The flag was banned by British rule. Therefore, police started assaulting everyone who had the flag and asked to put it down. But Kumaran did not bend to their order and held the flag upright. Policemen started assaulting him heavily, but despite their efforts Kumaran did not put the flag down. Finally, he died from injuries sustained from the police assault.
Even when he died, he held the flag up and did not put it down. Kumaran is revered as a martyr in Tamil Nadu and is known by the epithet Kodi Kaththa Kumaran – Kumaran who saved the Flag since he gave his life defending the flag. He attained martyrdom on 07-04-1932. His memorial is situated on Kumaran salai, near Tiruppur railway station. His life history and photographs are displayed here for the public The Government has erected his statue in a park by the railway station in Tirupur.
A stamp is also released in commemoration to his sacrifice.
Let us take this day to remember the heroes and of course heroines of our Indian Independence movement.
It is also important to pass this knowledge and spirit to younger generation to instill Nation spirit in them
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