16th July, 2021 History
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid homage to K. Kamaraj on his birth anniversary.
- Kumaraswami Kamaraj was an Indian independence activist and politician.
- He served as the Chief Minister of Madras State (Tamil Nadu) from 1954 to 1963.
- He was the founder and the president of the Indian National Congress (Organisation).
- He was widely acknowledged as the "Kingmaker" in Indian politics during the 1960s.
- He also served as the president of the Indian National Congress for two terms.
- As the president of the INC, he was instrumental in steering the party after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru.
- In 1963 he suggested to Nehru that senior Congress leaders should resign from ministerial posts to take up organisational work.
- This suggestion came to be known as the Kamaraj Plan, which was designed primarily to dispel from the minds of Congressmen the lure of power, creating in its place a dedicated attachment to the objectives and policies of the organisation.