COIMBATORE: A museum that will have exhibits related to the freedom movement and the lives of eminent personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari should be established here in memory of G.K. Sundaram, doyen of textile industry who passed away on May 18, N. Mahalingam, Chairman of Sakthi Group, said here on Thursday.
Speaking at a meeting organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and other cultural and social organisations of Coimbatore to pay homage to the late industrialist, he said Sundaram had participated in the Salt Satyagraha in Vedaranyam. Apart from politics, he had contributed to the fields of art and culture and also to society. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and other associations should establish a national-level museum in his name, which would showcase India’s freedom movement.
B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, chairman of the Coimbatore Kendra of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, said “a glorious chapter spanning almost a century has come to an end.” Mr. Sundaram was a crusader against injustice of all forms. He was keen to revive and reintegrate the collective wisdom of India into modern times.
Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam said Sundaram was a role model and persons like him made a difference to the whole humanity.
A poetic tribute was offered to Sundaram by Sirpi Balasubramanian. S. Pathy, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Lakshmi Mills, spoke on behalf of Sundaram’s family, in response to the homage.
Speaking at another homage meeting organised by a group of organisations here on Tuesday, president of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, Mahendra Ramdass said Sundaram had been a guiding force in the development of trade and commerce in the city. The chamber celebrated its golden jubilee in 1979 during his tenure as its president.
Sundaram always felt that the primary objective of the chamber was to promote human resources. “In the death of Mr. G.K. Sundaram, Coimbatore Region has lost an upright person who symbolised values, whom his business colleagues will miss,” Mr. Ramdass said.
D. Sarath Chandran, chairman of South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) said Sundaram steered the administration of the association for 16 years.
Vijay Venkataswamy, former chairman of the Southern India Mills’ Association, said, “What struck me most apart from his integrity, courage and straight forwardness was his compassion for every one.”