Remembering freedom fighter Vanchinathan – The Hindu

Vanchinathan shot and killed then collector Ashe, who was trying to suppress Indian freedom struggle, at Maniyachi station

Vanchinathan shot and killed then collector Ashe, who was trying to suppress Indian freedom struggle, at Maniyachi station

In remembrance of freedom fighter Vanchinathan during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at Commemorating 75 years of independence, Southern Railway’s Madurai Division held the iconic week-long celebration from July 18-23 at Vanchi Maniyachi Railway Junction.

Vanchinathan shot and killed collector Robert William d’Escourt Ashe, who was trying to suppress the Indian freedom struggle against the British government, at Maniyachi Station. The site was renamed in honor of the revolutionary Vanchi Maniyachi railway junction in 1988. The Board of Railways chose the station for the special celebration commemorating the struggle for freedom.

Divisional Director of Railways, P. Ananth, opened the celebration at the station. Hariharasubramaniam, grandson of the freedom fighter, inaugurated a photo exhibition on Vanchinathan. A mime show about the freedom fighter’s life and a dance performance filled with patriotic songs were performed by scouts and guides from Madurai Railway School.

Hariharasubramaniam and his son Vanchinathan, a school teacher in Tirunelveli, took a picture with the DRM at the selfie point.

Thelma J. Longworth