Freedom struggle: Unsung heroes from South India 

WION Delhi, India Aug 15, 2018, 06.08 PM(IST) Written By: Judy Franko

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Here's celebrating the most important freedom fighters of South India whose contribution to freedom struggle deserve to be equally lauded.

Freedom came to India at a price. Some sacrificed their lives for the country while others chose to spend their lives in jail, leaving behind a life of comfort and luxury. We all know about the struggles of Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru.

For many, freedom struggle is all about them. The regional struggle that flared up across the country in the course of the freedom fight is often not recognized. These unsung heroes, who spearheaded the freedom struggle deserve an equal amount of respect as their national counterparts.
Here's celebrating the most important freedom fighters of South India whose contribution to freedom struggle deserve to be equally lauded. 
Pingali Venkayya

The designer of the National Flag, he was a devout follower of the 'Father of the Nation', Mahatma Gandhi.  He was also an authority in geology, agriculture and an educationist. After he designed the National Flag, it was first modified and adopted as the flag of the Indian National Congress and then again modified to be the national flag of India.
Tanguturi Prakasam

He was a politician and a freedom fighter and was the first Chief Minister of Madras Presidency. He was also the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was an established lawyer but gave up practising law as he was drawn toward the freedom movement. He was also known for his brave confrontation with the British Police during the 1928 protests against the Simon Commission. 
Veerapandiya Kattabomman

A brave Palyekar chieftain in Tamil Nadu in the 18th century, he waged a war against Britishers 60 years prior to when the Indian War of Independence started in the Northern part of India. He was captured and hanged in 1799. Veerapandiya Kattabomma Karuthayya Nayakkar was a courageous 18th-century Palayakarrar ('Polygar') chieftain from Panchalankurichi of Tamil Nadu, India who refused to accept the sovereignty of British East India Company.
Puli Thevar

He was one of the earliest opponents of the British rule in South India. He was involved in a vendetta with the Nawab of Arcot who was supported by the British. Thevar's prominent exploits were his confrontations with Marudhanayagam, who later rebelled against the British in the late 1750s and early 1760s. Nelkatumseval was the headquarters of Puli Thevar, the first chieftain in India to resist the British.
The Maruthu Pandiyar brothers

(Periya Maruthu & Chinna Maruthu) ruled Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu during the last part of the 18th century and were the first to issue a proclamation of independence from the British rule from Trichy Thiruvarangam Temple, Tamil Nadu on June 10, 1801 -- 56 years before the North Indian rebellion – Sepoy mutiny of 1857.