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Paying tribute to India’s freedom fighters


Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu

November 21, 2022 to November 21, 2023

Sundarambal was born on 7 October 1913, to Natchimuthu Goundar, in Veerapandi in Tiruppur. “Despite being from a rich family, she was interested in social service and the freedom struggle. She used to participate in public meetings organized by the Congress party in the city, and during one such meeting in 1928, when she was 15 years old, Mahatma Gandhi requested the public to donate to the party to fight British rule. Sundarambal climbed the stage and offered her gold bangles to the leader. Sundarambal went on to participate in several protests during the freedom struggle, and during the Satyagraha protest in 1941, she was arrested along with her newborn son and jailed in the Vellore Prison for three months. The next year, Mahatma Gandhi launched the ‘Quit India Movement, during which she participated in non-violent demonstrations against the British government, and was arrested and sent to the Vellore Prison again, this time for seven months. In 1943, Sundarambal organized a large-scale demonstration in Tirupur against the British government and was again arrested and jailed for three months. After Independence, she took an active interest in ensuring farmers’ welfare in the district, and organized many protests for them. In the early 1970s too, she was arrested and jailed several times, and after meeting the renowned social reformer Vinoba Bhave, she started an orphanage at Angeripalayam in Tiruppur. Sundarambal passed away on August 20, 2007.