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Ram Ramaswamy Dalava

(1912 – ★) – (Tamilnadu)

Shri Ram Ramaswamy Dalavai, also known as R.R. Dalavai, was born in April 1912 in Madras, which is now known as Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, India. He pursued his education at a Hindu school and later attended Christian College. In 1927, the All India Congress Committee convened a meeting in Chetpet, Madras, providing him with a unique opportunity to closely interact with iconic figures like Gandhiji, Sarojini Naidu, Ansari, and Patel.

In 1928, he actively participated in the boycott of the Simon Commission, an event organized by students in Madras. As a consequence of his involvement, he faced expulsion from college, but this experience deepened his commitment to the freedom movement. He joined the Salt Satyagraha in Madras, which resulted in his arrest. Furthermore, he played a key role in organizing the picketing of foreign cloth shops, an action that subjected him to severe beatings.

His dedication and involvement in the individual Satyagraha movement in Madras, including recruiting volunteers, spreading anti-war messages, and his close association with prominent leaders from the southern region, led to his arrest and a subsequent imprisonment of three years.