The Triplicane Six

No. The title has nothing to do with cricket. Nor it has anything to do with Idli Sambar and Ratna Cafe. But it definitely has something to do with the Iyers & Iyengars of Triplicane. It was the “Triplicane Six” who borrowed a rupee and twelve annas way back in the 1878. Does the year ring a bell? Here it goes, the “Triplicane Six” borrowed that money so that they could set up the India’s National Newspaper or do we know it better as “The Hindu”. And the purpose of the same was to rally support for the first Indian Judge of the Madras High Court. And it was the distinguished Muthuswami Iyer. Over the years the The Hindu started gaining power and respect amongst the society and had even awed Jawaharlal Nehru himself. He used to call “The Hindu”, an old maiden who was so perfect and proper and gets shocked if a naughty word is used in her presence. I still rate The Hindu as prim & proper except for the fact that it is not what it used to be. I just hope they stick to their principles and not succumb to the pressures and marketing gimmicks of the newer players.

With inputs from N.Jayakumar & Praveen

1 Comment so far

  1. pooja (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    nice lil piece of history.

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