Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder
Bowing our heads in silent reverence for all that he had done to our community… so that we can hold our heads high !
Ari Gowder lead the Indian contingent (yes, “INDIAN CONTINGENT) to World Scouts Jumbore held in Europe in the 1930s.
Being a great philanthropist he had done a lot for the betterment of Badagas.
He was the one who established Nilgiri Co-Op Marketing Society at Ooty, to save the small farmers-especially Badagas- from the exploits of middlemen & traders at Mandis in Mettupalayam. He was the President of NCMS for more than 30 years, till his death and NCMS was considered one of the best co-op societies in India during his days. His statue has been erected in the NCMS compound in appreciation of his great work.
The bridge constructed in 1939 at Kakkanalla, Masinagudi linking Tamil Nadu state with Karnataka state was named Ari Gowder Bridge. Since he donated the land, the road in front of Mambalam Railway Station in Chennai (Madras) is named after him (known as Arya Gowder Street).
Ari Gowder was held in great esteem and considered as the ‘ Uncrowned King - Nakku Bettaga Raja‘ by Badagas.