To day, 4-12-2012, is the 120th birthday anniversary of one of the greatest sons of Badaga Community,
Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder.
For all that he has done for the community, let us remember him with respect and gratitude !
My sincere salutations to the great and reputed man of Badaga community.
“To be born as a gentleman is an accident..
To live as one is an achievement…”
He has lived and achieved. Every badaga should feel proud of him.
He will be living eternally in the hearts of all of us.
The Hindu – Udhagamandalam, December 5, 2012
Badagas celebrated the 119th birth anniversary of H.B. Ari Gowder at the Nilgiris Cooperative Marketing Society (NCMS), off the Government Botanical Garden Road, here, on Tuesday.
Long considered as the uncrowned king of the Badagas, Mr. Gowder was born on December 4, 1893 and died on June 28, 1971. He hailed from Hubbathalai village near Aruvankadu
The head of the Thodhanadu Seemai Badaga Welfare Association T.M. Kulla Gowder recalled that Mr. Ari Gowder was a well known philanthropist, who was respected by not only the Badagas but also others. He was instrumental in the NCMS coming into being in the 1930s to protect farmers from middlemen and unscrupulous traders in the plains.
For over three decades he was its president and for long it was considered as one of the best of its kind.
By way of acknowledging his significant contribution his bust was unveiled on May 25, 1987, in the multi-purpose hall of the NCMS.