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Kumaraswami Kamaraj

16th July, 2021 History

Context

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid homage to K. Kamaraj on his birth anniversary.

About

  • 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.

Kamraj Plan

  • 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.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pm-modi-pays-homage-to-kamaraj/article35338218.ece

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