T. S. S. Rajan
(1880 – 1953) – (Tamilnadu)
Tiruvengimalai Sesha Sundara Rajan (Aged 73) popularly known as T. S. S. Rajan was born in Srirangam, Trichy district of TamilNadu, India, in 1880. He was a popular Indian doctor, politician and freedom-fighter, who served as the Minister of Public Health and Religious Endowments in the Madras Presidency from 1937 to 1939. After studying medicine at Royapuram Medical School in Madras and England, he practiced as a doctor in Burma and England and obtained his M.R.C.S. degree in 1911. In 1923, he set up his own clinic.
Rajan joined the Indian independence movement in 1919 and became a member of the Indian National Congress. He took part in the agitations against the Rowlett Act and the Vedaranyam Salt Satyagraha. He served as the President of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee and was a Member of the Imperial Legislative Council of India from 1934 to 1936. Rajan served as the Minister of Public Health in the Madras provincial government from 1937 to 1939.
During his time in England, Rajan was a close associate of V. D. Savarkar and V. V. S. Aiyar, and he was a member of the India House. However, in May 1910, Rajan had a quarrel with Aiyar. After returning to India in 1914, he met Rajagopalachari and joined the Indian National Congress. He participated in the agitations against the Rowlett Act and was jailed for a year.
Rajan coordinated and organized the activities of the Khilafat Committee from 1920 to 1922, along with T. V. Swaminatha Sastri. He participated in the Vedaranyam Salt Satyagraha organized by Rajaji and suffered imprisonment. After being in prison for eighteen months, he was released in 1931. From 1932 to 1935, Rajan served as the President of the Tamil Nadu branch of the Harijan Sevak Sangh. He took the portfolios of public health and religious endowments in the Rajaji cabinet.
On December 14, 1953, Rajan underwent an operation for appendicitis. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after the operation in Chennai, TamilNadu, India.