Freedom fighter in Chennai suburb turns 97

By Nivedhika Krishnan Published on Jul 27, 2018 11:54 AM IST

Chennai: Veteran CPI(M) leader and freedom struggle fighter N Sankaraiah, turned 97 on 15 July.

A resident of Chrompet, in the city suburban area, Sankaraiah hails from Madurai and graduated from The American College there. He is currently living with his family at New Colony.

During the freedom struggle, the ‘comrade’ took part in agitations against the British and ended up serving 28 years in prison.

Speaking to News Today, social activist V Santhanam said,”A humble person. he had served various top posts and positions in his active political years. But still he is a down to earth person. He was prisoned while he was studying in the college.”

The freedom fighter served his scentence along with former Chief Minister Kamaraj and former President R Venkatraman.

However, the comrade has refused to accept his pension which he is entitled as a freedom fighter. The other pension that he receives from the State government, is utilised for the party development.

Sankariah was elected as MLA from Madurai thrice.

An avid reader with a special liking to Tamil literature, the leader drew inspiration from the words of Mahakavi Bharathi. He is popularly known for his progressive ideas and revolutionary thinking.

Even after his retirement from active politics, he continued to address public meetings on various pertinent social issues. Top rung leaders from the party met him at his residence on his birthday.

A resident, Giridhar, said,”Today’s politicians have to learn from his immaculate political career. We are fortunate to have such great leader in our area.”