During the 18th and the 19th century Tamil Nadu witnessed some of the most profound changes in the political scene. The traditional Tamil ruling clans were superseded by European colonists and their sympathisers. The Tamil society underwent a deep cultural shock with the imposition of western cultural influences. The Hindu religious establishments attempted to stem the tide of change and to safeguard the Tamil cultural values. Notable among these were the Saiva monasteries at Tiruvavaduthurai, Dharmapuram, Thiruppananthal and Kundrakudi. Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai — was a Tamil scholar who taught Tamil at one of these monasteries.
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ILS as its shortly called was founded by Mr. Sundarrajan modelled on Coffee Clubs in foreign countries. The first ILS Meeting dates back to In ILS, members gather every Sunday and share their knowledge and wisdom.
Every meeting is called proceeding. Every year is called a session. In a proceeding meeting , the members have Minute a Member programme. They can share their knowledge on anything under the sun — Sports, Politics, Profession etc and all other members will gain from their insights.
They have a tea break after the Minute a Member Programme. The membership is very diverse and has a whole gamut of people from college students to retired professionals. On an average 16 members participate in a proceedings.
Guests are invited to attend meetings for free. The membership fee is also very nominal at Rs. Rathnavel, Jc. Saravanan, Jc. Arun Parasuraman and Jc. Dhanapal are members of ILS. In this issue, we asked our VP Management Jc. Karthik Gonsalvez to imagine him as the person to choose Bharat Ratna and asked him to award to two people.
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