Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir

Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir

Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir

Date of Birth : 15 January 1899
Date of Death : 18 January 1976

Mini Biography :

V. Vaithilingam (born October 5, 1950, Tamil) is an Indian politician who is currently the Chief Minister of Puducherry. He held that position from 1991 to 1996 and has been Chief Minister again since 2008. Vaithilingam is credited with leading a stable and efficient government in Puducherry State through a complete five year term during his prior period in office. He is a senior legislator serving six consecutive terms.

He belongs to one the most politically influential families. His paternal grandfather late Vaithilinga Reddiar was the Mayor of Nettappakkam commune during the French rule in Puducherry. His father V. Venkatasubba Reddiar who was also Chief Minister during different periods was a person of unimpeachable integrity and highly respected by one and all both in Puducherry and all over India for his gentleness, kindness, generosity and magnanimity even towards those who differed from him in their political views. His sacrifices and struggles to liberate Puducherry from French rule would take volumes in the annals of Puducherry history. Although belonging to landed gentry, Venkatasubba Reddiar had his heart towards the poor and downtrodden and strived throughout his political career towards their uplift. He possessed neither rancour nor malice towards any one either personally or politically. He neither sought nor go after fame and name. Fame and name came to stay with V.Venkatasubba Reddiar, as one of the chief architects of liberation of Puducherry from the French rule and his name as the most benevolent and humane Chief Minister will remain in the Puducherry’s political pages till the end of time. Such was his humane and benevolent nature. Free from chicanery or ill will towards anyone, ever graceful and tranquil,he lent grace to the position of Chief Minister. Late Mr. C.N Annadurai the first DMK Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu of the DMK regime while talking about the first Chief Minister of the Madras Presidency after independence, Shri. O.P.Ramasamy Reddiar used to refer him as “Uththamar Omandooraar” meaning that he was person of excellent human virtues and free from any vices. With a saintly personality and a mind free from fear or favor or any attachments, Shri.O.P. Ramaswami Reddiar was the “Brahmarishi” Chief Minister even though his tenure was not long and he totally withdrew himself from the political arena settling down at Vadalur and living the life of a recluse till his death. Unlike him, Shri.V.Venkatasubba Reddiar, keeping the welfare of the people of his state, continued in his political career and like King Janaka of the Ramayana lore, came to be known as the “Raja Rishi”, in the true sense of the word, for Puducherry. Having thus descended from an illustrious forebear, Vaithilangam also inherited most of his father’s noble traits. However, unlike his father, Vaithilingam by nature was a reformist and a dynamic leader with constructive views for the development of his State and with such laudable views he headed the Puducherry Government from 1991 to 1996 and the Congress Legislative party from 1991 to 2000. His priorities as Chief Minister was to minimize budget deficit, increase private sector participation in public transport, improve health care system. In the history of Puducherry State even though he was the second youngest Chief Minister, the annals of History will declare Vaithilingam as the first youngest Chief Minister who has served the full five year term at the age of 41.

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