Source: The Royal Coronation Number and Who's Who in India, Burma and Ceylon, ed. and comp. Thos. Peters (Poona: The Sun Publishing House, 1937), 167

C. P. Ramaswami Iyer

The Diwan of Travancore State, Chetpat Pattabhirama Ramaswami Iyer was born in 1879. He was the son of Mr C.R. Pattabhirama Iyer, the Judge of the City Civil Court, and was educated at the Wesleyan High School. Subsequently, he matriculated at the Presidency College and Law College in Madras.

In 1903, he joined the Madras Bar and became a member of the Madras Legislative Council in 1919. Apart from serving on a variety of law committees, he also served as the Advocate-General for Madras for 1920 and was a law member for Madras from 1923-’28. In 1928, he left his post with the Madras Government to return to the Bar. He was the acting Commerce Member for the Government of India in 1932 and was appointed Diwan of Tanvancore State in 1936. His expertise also enabled him to present evidence before the Southborough Commission on Indian Reforms, the Madras Committee on Finance and the London Joint Parliamentary Committee on Indian Reforms. Further, he represented India on an international platform, serving as one of the Indian Representatives in the Assembly of the League of Nations at Geneva in 1926 and 1927. In addition, he drafted a new constitution for Kashmir in 1934.

He also pioneered the Mettur Irrigation Project and Pykara Hydro-Electric Scheme. Apart from his legal and political work, he was also the Vice-Chancellor of Travancore University in 1937 and a law lecturer at the University of Calcutta. He was knighted in 1925 and conferred the title of “Sachivothama.”

SourcesK.R. Khosla, The States, Estates and Who’s Who in India & Burma (Lahore: The Imperial Publishing Co., 1942), 129; The Royal Coronation Number and Who’s Who in India, Burma and Ceylon, ed. and comp. Thos. Peters (Poona: The Sun Publishing House, 1937), 167

Works

India: A Nation, a Plea for Self-Government, London, T.C. & E.C. Jack (New York: Dodge Pub. Co., 1916)

 

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