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Today is the Jayanti of V.O.Chidambaram Pillai, freedom fighter, who started India's first ever shipping service. While we celebrate today in honor of Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, not many know about VOC Pillai, except in TN. A truly selfless patriot, who gave his all.
Also called as Kapalottiya Tamizhan( The Tamil Helsman), one of the foremost freedom fighters of Tamil Nadu, V.O.Chidambaram Pillai, was also a sucessful entrepreneur, who challenged the British monopoly in shipping sector, and paid a rather heavy price for it too.
VOC Pillai, was born in Ottapidaram, a small town in Thoothukodi district of TN, the legendary Veera Pandya Kattabomman's fort too is located nearby just 3 km away at Panchalankurichi. His parents were Olaganerohathan Pillai and Paramayee Annal.
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