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Wednesday February 26, 1992/ Phalguna 7,1913 (Saka) The Lok Sabha met at Eleven of the Clock

[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]



MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Members, I have to inform the House with a deep sense of sorrow to the passing away of our esteemed friends, namely, Sarvashri A. Senapathi Gounder and O.V. Alagesan.

Shri A. Senapathi Gounder was a sifting Member of the House from Palani constiuency of the State of Tamil Nadu. Shri Gounder passed away on the 25th February, 1992 in the early morning at Erode in Tamil Nadu at the age of 76.

Shri Gounder had also been a Member of the Seventh and Eighth Lok Sabha representing Palani constituency of Tamil Nadu. Earlier, he had been a Member of the former Madras State Legislative Assembly as also of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly during 1952-71.

A prominent social worker, he worked ceaselessly for the upliftment of weaker


sections of the society and took keen interest in the development of his constituency.

An agriculturist by profession, Shri Gounder was associated with various organisations, particularly those relating to cooperative agricultural rural bank, dairy farming, etc. He was author of several publications including those dealing with philosophy of Hinduism and modern agricultural techniques.

As a parliamentarian, he actively participated in the proceedings of the House and made valuable contribution thereto.

Shri O.V. Alagesan was a Member of Constituent Assembly and Provisional Parliament during 1946-52. Later on, he represented Chingleput constituency of the erstwhile State of Madras during First and Third Lok Sabha (1952-57 and 1962-67), Tiruttani and Arakonam constituencies of Tamil Nadu during Fifth and Sixth Lok Sabha (1971- 79).

He served with distinction on the Union Council of Ministers and hold various important porfolios. He was also our Ambassador to Ethiopia during 1968-71.

As an active parliamentarian, he left an indelible imprint on the proceedings of the House. He had also served effectively on various Committees of the House.

A versatile personality. Shri Alagesan was a reputed social reformer and a distinguished administrator. He relentlessly worked for the removal of social evils like untouchability and prohibition, As a freedom fighter, he actively partici-

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pated in freedom struggle and underwent imprisonment for several years.

Shri Alegasan was great promoter of education and Indian culture and had founded Bhaktavatsalam Educational Trust He translated into Tamil 'Glimpses of World History' by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

In his death we have lost a devoted patriot, a freedom fighter and a link with the Gandhi-Nehru era. His contribution to the public life will be long remembered.

Shri O.V. Alagesan passed away on 3 January, 1992 at the age of 81 at Madras.

We deeply mourn the loss of these friends and I am sure the House will join me in conveying our condolences to the bereaved families.

The House may now stand in silence for a short while as a mark of respect to the deceased.


The Members then stood in silence for a short while.