Chevalier.Varadha Veerappan ,this name has now been less known in Pondicherry (the once French colony) today. But if you turn back the pages in the history of Pondicherry , this man has an lot of involvements in the growth of Pondicherry .He is one of the most important person who was responsible to initiate the growth of education system in Pondicherry .
Born on 12 th June 1906 , Chevalier.Varadha Veerappan ( Virappin Waradarassou )was proficient in Tamil, English and French languages.He has received many honours in his profession while working in the department of medicine as drug specialist in Pondicherry Government Hospital.One of the important award he received was Chevalier Et Officier de l’Etoile d’Anjouan [wikipedia - description ] which is regarded as the Legion of Honour (or) the National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur) for Knighthood under French regime.His French name as in the dossier de Paris is " Virappin Waradarassou ". It is my pride and honor to see my grandfather name to be entered in the List of foreign recipients of the Légion d'Honneur.
|[Chevalier] Late .Virappin Waradarassou|
He was a well -educated person in Tamil Literature including Illakkiyam ,Anmigam and Sarithiram .His love for Tamil literature has lead him to support the development of Education (Kalvi Kayagam) in Pondicherry.
He has even a written few Tamil novels under the French rule .He died on May 5 1982 under heart attack.Below, is a snippet from Agni 12 written by Dr.BalaBaskaran.
The certificate of Chevalier Et Ordre de l'Etoile d'Anjouan is framed and still hangs at my house.And finally, I am proud to introduce myself as the grand-daughter of this Chevalier persona :) .More details of these honors can be found on the French Official Site - Legionhonneur.fr
Ordre de l’Etoile d’Anjouan
Grande Chancellerie de la Légion d'Honneur
|This one is framed and hangs proudly on the hall of my home |
As you can see by enlarging the certificate, this honor was given to my grandfather "Virappin Waradarassou" and registered on 24 Mars 1954 by the French Government. I along with my siblings and cousins are proud to carry this honor to this generation by what we could :)