Valangiman Sankaranarayana Srinivasa Sastri

Politician

1869 – 1946

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Who was Valangiman Sankaranarayana Srinivasa Sastri?

Valangaiman Sankaranarayana Srinivasa Sastri CH PC was an Indian politician, administrator, educator, orator and Indian independence activist. He was acclaimed for his oratory and command over the English language. Srinivasa Sastri was born to a poor temple priest in the village of Valangaiman near Kumbakonam, India. He completed his education at Kumbakonam and worked as a school teacher and later, headmaster in Triplicane, Madras. He entered politics in 1905 when he joined the Servants of India Society. Srinivasa Sastri served as a member of the Indian National Congress from 1908 to 1922, but later resigned in protest against the Non-Cooperation movement. Sastri was one of the founding members of the Indian Liberal Party. In his later days, Srinivasa Sastri was strongly opposed to the partition of India.

Srinivasa Sastri served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council from 1913 to 1916, Imperial Legislative Council of India from 1916 to 1919 and the Council of State from 1920 to 1925. Sastri also functioned as India's delegate to the League of Nations, as member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and agent to the Republic of South Africa.

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Born
Sep 22, 1869
Valangaiman
Also known as
  • Srinivasa Sastri
Religion
  • Hindu
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Died
Apr 17, 1946
Mylapore

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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