Dr. TVN Nair

 

Dr. T V N Nair was an eminent leader of the freedom movement in Indian history as well as a distinguished personality in the social, cultural and political arena of Thalassery. He paved the way for the freedom movement in North Malabar and Old Kottayam Taluk, with specific focus on Thalassery.

Hailing from the renowned "Thalassery Veedu" family, he has seven daughters and three sons. After completing his high school education in 1914, he obtained his L M P degree from Madras Medical College under the Military Scheme in 1918. Thereafter he joined the Military Service. During the First World War he served in the British Army. However he left the British Army, inspired by the charisma and ideology of Gandhiji to oust the British rule in India, and thereafter joined the independence movement, in 1922. Soon thereafter, Dr T V Nair began his medical practice in 1923 near the Thalassery Police Station.

In 1962 he moved his practice to a clinic on Logan's Road. His generosity towards his patients was legendary. In fact he used to cycle to patients' homes to treat them. His poorer patients seldom left without free medicines or money for food when they came for treatment.

When the spirit of the Indian freedom movement was being ignited by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr T V N Nair started spreading the fire of patriotism in Thalassery and surrounding areas. Dr T V N Nair contributed large sums of money to the Congress movement in Thalassery and served as the President of the Town Congress as well as that of Kottayam Taluk. He was arrested for participating with intense fervor in the 1932 non-violence movement.

In an era when Harijans were hated and shunned by the general public, Dr Nair was one of the few towering personalities who worked tirelessly and argued vociferously for alleviating the deprived Harijan community. During the days when Harijans were not permitted to enter the Sri Rama Swamy Temple in Thalassery, Dr Nair used to stand alongside the Harijans outside the temple premises and pray. Much later when this taboo was removed and Harijans joined the general public inside the temple, Dr Nair joined them inside to worship. His love and compassion for this community was clearly evident in one of his letters wherein he stated that he wished to be cremated at the Harijan burial ground.

In 1973 he was awarded the 'Thamara Patra' and a pension for his exemplary services to the freedom movement.

He died at the age of 88.


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