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V.C. Vellingiri

(1880 – 1948) – (Tamilnadu)

V.C. Vellingiri (Aged 68), commonly known as V.C. Vellingiri Gounder, was born on October 28, 1880, into the affluent family of V. K. Chinnappa Gounder and Parvathi Ammal in Velankuruchi Village, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India. VCV actively participated in both the temple entry movement and the Swadeshi movement, reflecting his deep commitment to social and political causes.

As a dedicated farmer, V.C.V staunchly refused to allow his coconut groves to be used for toddy tapping, and he collaborated closely with E.V. Ramaswamy Naicker in this endeavor. He ardently opposed untouchability, advocated for gender equality, and fought against child marriage.

V.C.V was also an early pioneer in cotton ginning and established the Gnanambika Mills in his village in 1936. His contributions to the community are commemorated with a road named in his honor in the region. Additionally, he founded the Saradha Nidhi bank in Mettupalayam in the 1920s, which is believed to have been inaugurated by the Acharya of Sringeri at the time, and this bank continues to bear his name as V.C.V Pettai. Furthermore, V.C.V played a significant role in the Animal Husbandry Association. He passed away on 7 November 1948.