|To V.O. Chidambaram Pillai
goes the credit of launching, as the first Indian, a Steam Navigation Company
that ran a service between Tuticorin and Colombo. He did it in the interests
of the nation's economy, and of course, against the British rule.
V.O. Chidambaram Pillai came
out of the Congress in 1920.
He was born on September
5, 1872 in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. He had his education in
Tuticorin and took a Degree in Law form Madras.
He presided over the Salem
District Congress session. He entered politics in 1905 following the partition
of Bengal. He was a great lover of Tamil and encouraged Tamil studies.
He wrote a commentary on "Tirukurral" and edited the Tamil work of grammar,
Tolkappiam. He passed away on November 18, 1936