“Include the Tirumalai book in the school curriculum”


The Chennai-based Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) urged the state government to include Gandhi – Vinobha, A Memory, a book written by Gandhiya Mamani TD Tirumalai in the school curriculum.

Speaking at the farewell of Tirumalai centenary celebrations organized by The Hindu On Tuesday, GPF Secretary S. Kulandaisamy said Tirumalai had learned many ideals from Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave and put them into practice.

Love for nature

“He had immense love for all living things and nature. He would tell us to enjoy everything, ”he said.

Navaneeth LV, CEO of The Hindu Group Publishing Private Ltd., launched the GPF mobile app, which would help the foundation reach more students.

Tirumalai’s longtime accountant and friend R. Sivakumar published the first copy of the book.

Vivekananda was the inspiration for Gandhiji and Vinobha.

“They taught us not to look at people’s caste or religion and to always be honest,” he said.

Rosary Matriculation School principal, Sister Mary Zackariah, said students should follow Gandhiji principles.

C. Shenbagavalli, co-secretary of GPF, said she joined the Foundation despite not having paid anything at the start.

Several schools in the city participated in the event. The book contains a series of questions that children can answer and send to [email protected]

Tirumalai was born to Thothadri Deivanayakam and Janaki on October 26, 1921 in Srivilliputtur. He was drawn to Gandhiji’s principles from an early age. In his later years he became a staunch follower of Acharya Vinoba Bhave.

In his twenties, Tirumalai formed a student organization in Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai to train students in the constructive programs advocated by Gandhiji, especially with regard to individual Satyagraha.

The Quit India movement of 1942 saw him become a youth leader as he organized college bandhs to protest British rule, and was arrested 25 times.


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