Name : V. Shanmuganathan
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF SHRI V. SHANMUGANATHAN, GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR
A post-graduate and an M. Phil in Political Science. Shri V. Shanmuganathan received the then Madras University’s prestigious Gold Medal from its well-known Vice Chancellor Shri T.P. Meenakshi Sundarnar in 1970. Born on 21st November 1949, he hails from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu and is well-versed with the Tamil language and its rich literature.
Imbued with the spirit of patriotism and a desire to serve the nation with a missionary zeal. Shri V. Shanmuganathan joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1962. The teachings of Swami Vivekananda and the spiritual thoughts of Manicka Vasagar in Thiruvasagam inspired him to lead a life dedicated to the Nation. lie came across extraordinary letter written by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya to his maternal uncle. This letter succinctly explains why Pandit Upadhyaya wanted to dedicate his life for the cause of nation.
Pandit Upadhyaya says, “Any individual may achieve a very high degree of progress, but that has no significance unless his motherland too registers corresponding progress. We are nowadays interested only in reaping the harvest and have forgotten to provide the field with manure. Can we not forgo a few worthless ambitions for the protection and benefit of our own people?” This letter influenced Shri V. Shanmuganathan deeply. It was an exposition that ‘giving’ makes one nobler than ‘taking’. In this back ground he dedicated his life for the service of the motherland.
During 1970s, Shri V. Shanmuganathan worked zealously amongst the youth to sensitize them about the rich Indian heritage and to sanitize them against the separatist and narrow parochial tendencies then prevailing in Tami Nadu. Later, he was instrumental in organizing activity oriented forums like the Movement for National Unity and Integrity, Tamil Valarchi Mandram (to develop Tamil literature) and Bhakthar Peravai (devotees forum). His work covered a vast field spreading from development of literature, involvement in youth affairs to social activities like organizing seminars on cultural values and skill development. He has also rendered selfless service to end caste differences and create unity. equality and brotherhood amongst various sections of society.
Shri V. Shanmuganathan moved to Delhi in the year 2003. At the Bharatiya Janata Party National Headquarters, he has been Prabhari of the Defence and Research & Documentation Cells. Then, he was assigned to the BJP Parliamentary Party office as its Additional Secretary and Prabhari for BJP Overseas Affairs.
Shri V. Shanmuganathan is a prolific writer. His three books in Tamil cover a variety of subjects relating to culture and society. The books in English ‘Karyakarta Nirman’ and ‘The Remarkable Political Movement’ became very popular among patriotic socio-cultural organizations. Besides, he has contributed over 600 articles in leading newspapers and magazines, both in Tamil and English.
Shri V. Shanmuganathan assumed the office of the Governor of Manipur on 30th September 2015.