Kasturiranga Santhanam was born in 1895, to Kasthuri Rangan at Kumatithidal near Mannargudi. He obtained his law degree from Law College, Madras. From 1920, he practised at the High Court of Madras. Santhanam was very active in the freedom struggle. He participated in the Non-Cooperation and Satyagraha movements, and was imprisoned thrice for his role in the latter. From 1922 to 1930, he organised movements to encourage khadi production all over Tamil Nadu. Santhanam also served as the first editor of the Indian Express from 1932 until 1940; subsequently, he became the joint editor of the Hindustan Times. During his time at the Indian Express, he also was a member of the Legislative Assembly. A staunch Congressman, he was part of the All India Congress Committee. A prolific writer, Santhanam wrote on subjects ranging from politics to literature. Some of his notable works include an Anthology of Indian Literature, Gospel of Gandhi, and Union-State Relations in India. He passed away on 28 March 1980.
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