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C Krishnan Nair

C. KRISHNAN NAIR

C Krishnan Nair, born in 1902, was an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress, an activist in the Indian independence movement, a Gandhian who participated in the Salt March of 1930, and a member of the Indian Parliament for the First and Second Lok Sabha. He was widely known as Delhi Gandhi or Nairji. After giving up his studies, he joined the independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi.

He also worked as a teacher at Indraprastha Gurukul, Faridabad and as a clerk at Lakshmi Insurance Company. From 1928 to 1930, he was a member of the Satyagraha Ashram at Sabarmati. In 1930, Krishnan Nair was chosen as one of the first batch of 90 volunteers for the Dandi March, which later became known as the Salt Satyagraha of 1930.

After the Dandi March, he stayed at the Wardha ashram (later renamed as Sevagram). In 1942, he participated in the Quit India movement. Since 1943, he served as the Vice-President and Chief Public Relations Officer of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), and as its President in 1952.

In independent India, he served as the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Outer Delhi constituency in the First and Second Lok Sabha. During his active political life in Delhi, he mostly lived in the Gandhi Ashram and the Narela area. The C.K. Nair Public School near Gandhi Ashram Road in Narela, Delhi, is named after C. Krishnan Nair and was established in 1997.