19 October 2016
Birth Anniversary of Veluthampi Dalawa 6.5.2010
Velayudhan Chempakaraman Thampi, alias Velu thampi Dalawa, was born inThalakkulam village, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu on 6th May 1765. His mother tongue was Malayalam but he was proficient in English, Tamil and Sanskrit. An expert in Ayurveda, Astrology, Tarka Sastra and Mathematics, was also adept in the practice of ‘Kalaripayattu’, the martial art of Kerala.
At the age of 24, he became the Tehasildar, locally known as “Karyakkar” during Dharma Raja Karthika Thirunal’s rule. In 1799 he had led an agitation, marching to the Travancore Palace demanding strict action against corruption. He condemned the Government’s tax hike policy. His continuous crusade against corruption impressed the king and the king promoted him as ‘Mulakumadiseela Sarvadi Karyakkar’ (Finance Minister).