About Sri C.Rajagopalachari
Sri C.Rajagopalachari is called by people with reverence as Rajaji. His fame was not limited to a particular subject or field. He was a great leader, politician, freedom fighter, scholar, writer, poet, a seeker of spirituality and above all a kind hearted man.
Birth and Education of Rajaji
Born in an ordinary Brahmin family in 1878 in Thorapalli village in Dharmapuri district, he had his school education in Hosur. He joined in Bangalore university for higher studies and later enrolled himself in Madras Law college due to his interest in learning law. He came out as first ranker in law college. He started his career as a advocate in Salem. His self confidence , relentless effort brought him name and fame.
Personal life of Rajaji
Though he could achieve great heights in his career, in his personal life he had to face many challenges of destiny. In 1915 his wife left for heavenly abode at a young age. They had 3 sons and two daughters. In the absence of his wife Rajaji had to take care of the children , their education etc. At that time he was in Salem practicing law. With great will power he managed the situation.
Indian Freedom Movement
By this time independence struggle under the leader ship of Mahathma Gandhi was gaining importance through out the nation. Rajaji was planning to come to Chennai. He was also attracted by Gandhiji’s principles of non-violence and non-cooperation to British rule. He decided to join in Indian National Congress and fight for independence.
Indian Interim Government
In 1946 he was Minister in the interim Government headed by Sri. Jawaharlal Nehru. It was at this time he got a great personal shock – the sudden demise of his second son Sri.Ramaswamy. He had to shoulder the responsibility of his grand children who were then of very young age.
Before handing over the rule to Indian Government, Rajaji also took part in the discussion with Sir. Stafford Cripps, the British Governor General, on various aspects. Ghandiji was not present in this discussion since he was against the idea of dividing India.
Rajaji became the first Governor General of Independent India.
Personal Distinctions of Rajaji
He was able to speak many languages. He had contributed greatly towards literature. His writings include spiritual stories, articles on politics which include criticism also, thoughts on Vedas and Puranas etc. He had translated Ramayan into English. He had written some devotional poems also. The famous song “Kurai Onrum Ellai Marai Murthy Kanna” is written by Rajaji.
Sri Rajaji left his mortal body at the age of 90, in 1972 after fulfilling all his duties . He always lived a very simple life and was very strict disciplinarian.
Shri.Rajaji had the opportunity of meeting Swami Vivekananda when he was studying in Madras Law college, when Swamiji visited Chennai for the first time, he stay was arranged in the same hostel. Since Swamiji liked very much to mingle with people especially youngsters, while he was in his usual visit, he happened to see peep into Rajaji's room where he saw a picture of Lord Krishna. When Swamiji asked Rajaji why Lord Krishna is pictured blue in colour, without a second thought he answered that as the sea depth of which cannot be fathomed and the sky which cannot be measured the Lord also is boundless. Swamiji was very much impressed by his reply and commended later that this boy will become famous.