Kamaraj was born on 15 July 1903 in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu to Kumaraswami and Sivakami Ammaiyar. Initially his name was kamachi and later changed to Kamarajar. His father was a Merchant.Kamaraj lost his father at the age of six. In 1914 Kamaraj dropped out of school to support his mother.

As a young boy kamaraj went to help his uncle, during that period, he began to attend public meeting and processions about the Indian Home Rule Movement and he gained political knowledge by reading newspaper regularly.

He was a founder of Indian National Congress (organisation). He is popularly known as “Kingmaker”.

On 13 April 1954,Kamaraj became the Chief Minister of Madras province. In his ruling period he did many things, especially he opened many schools in rural areas and made free and compulsory education upto Eleventh. Inorder to motivate the children Midday Meal Scheme was also launched. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1976.

Kamaraj died at his home while sleeping on Gandhi Jayanthi(October 2 1975).He was died at a age of 72.He was really a man of simplicity.

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