The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Subramania Ayyer, Ganapathi


Subramania Ayyer, Ganapathi, B.A., Proprietor and Editor, The Swadesamitran, Madras; 4th s. of late Ganapathi Dikshitar; b. at Tiruvadi, Tanjore District, 1885; educ: St. Peter’s College, Tanjore; joined the Government Normal School, Madras, 1874; Teacher, C.S.M. College, Madras, 1875; Teacher, Pachaiappas High School, 1877; B.A., as a private candidate, 1877; Headmaster, Anglo Vernacular High School (Now Hindu High School), Triplicane, 1879-82; started the Hindu as a weekly paper along with the late Mr. M. Viraraghava Chariar, 1878; went on a lecturing tour in the Madras Presidency for the purpose of popularising the principles of local self-Government; was a Madras Member of the deputation to bid farewell to Lord Ripon, 1884; one of the founders of the 1st and practically the only political association of Southern India, The Madras Mahajana Sabha; was entrusted with the task of moving the 1st Resolution at the 1st Indian National Congress, 1885; gave evidence before the Public Services Commission, 1886; strongly supported the Government in the Age of Consent Legislation, 1890; one of the founders of the Madras Hindu Social Reform Association, 1882; proceeded to England to give evidence on behalf of the Madras Mahajana Sabha before the Welby Commission on Indian Expenditure, 1897; severed his connection with the Hindu, 1898; converted his Tamil triweekly paper into a daily, 1898; started the “United India”, 1900; edited the Madras Standard, 1902; presided over the District Conferences of Cocanada, Chittoor and Tanjore; Chief originator of the National Fund and Industrial Association, Madras, of which he is yet one of the Honorary Secretaries; a staunch social reformer and has given ample proofs of his devotion to the cause of reform; prosecuted by the Government of Madras on a charge of sedition, 1908; released on certain conditions nearly a month later; from a frequent, he has become an occasional, contributor to the press and his contributions are read with much interest; an oil painting unveiled in Madras by Hon’ble Babu Surendra Nath Banerjee, 1915. Publications: “Some Economic Aspects of British Rule in India” (English), New Japan (in Tamil), various articles on financial, and social matters; and many addresses and speeches. Address: 108, Big Street, Triplicane, Madras.