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V.V. GIRI

V.V. GIRI

A leading freedom fighter, veteran labour leader, able statesman and great parliamentarian, Varahagiri Venkata Giri dedicated his life to the nation.  He was ever a champion and guardian of the rights of the working class.  He was a member of the Central Legislative Assembly, Madras Legislative Assembly and the Lok Sabha and a Minister in the Government of Madras and later at the Centre.  He was also a High Commissioner to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore.  Giri was Vice-President and ex officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha from 13 May 1967 to 3 May 1969 and Acting President from 3 May 1969 to 19 July 1969.  He was the President of India from 24 August 1969 to 23 August 1974.

The portrait of Shri V.V Giri was painted by Rameshwar Broota.