Long, long before the freedom movement was born, Sullivan in 1831 spoke in the UK parliament to allow Indians to govern themselves. It took another hundred years for the idea to become the Home Rule movement. Sullivan’s writings were used by freedom fighters like Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Dr.AmbedkarRead More →

Muthuvel Karunanidhi ( 1924-2018) was an Indian writer and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five terms between 1969 and 2011. He was popularly referred to as “Kalaignar” for his contributions to Tamil literature. When Dr. Karunanidhi came to power in 1971, the Nilgiris was facing multipleRead More →

John Sullivan Esq (1788-1855) was an officer of the Madras Civil Service of the East India Company. He was the Principal Collector of Coimbatore District from 1815 to 1830, when the Nilgiri hills were a Taluk of that district. While the Collectors before him dreaded to explore the lofty hills,Read More →

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), a Statesman and politician, was the Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964. He was an outstanding global leader of his time. Nehru described the Nilgiris as, ‘second England’ and did much for the its post independence development with far reaching schemes like the Kundah hydroRead More →

(A contemporary of architect Chisholm, engineer Major Morant’s legacy in the Nilgiris is unparalleled. He was undoubtedly the Father of Nilgiri Mountain Railway. The roads, utilities and buildings he constructed still serve as proud lifelines for the district) Major and Brevet Liuet-Colonel James Law Lushington Morant of the Royal EngineersRead More →