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Kanyakumari Christians who are found in the southern tip of India are believed to be the oldest Christian's in the Indian Plains dating 2000 years back. The religion was introduced in 52 AD at Kanyakumari District which was then under the rule of Kerala Kings by St. Thomas, the Apostle, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ who landed in Malabar Coast (modern day Kerala) in AD 52. Today, this ancient community are spread across Tamil Nadu and Kerala . Later the colonial age brought a large number of Portuguese, Dutch, British and Italian Christians to the district. Priests accompanied them not only to minister the colonizers but also to spread the Christian faith among the millions of non-Сhristians in Tamil Nadu. The majority of them belonged to the ruling class Nadar Community and a number sizeable of Brahmin's. They traded with Greek, Jews and Persian merchants in the Heyday of 11th century.
List of Notable Kanyakumari Christians
- Dr.Ranjan Roy Daniel- Former Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(TIFR), recipent of Padma Bhushan.
- Dr.A.E. Muthunayagam- Former Director of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Recipent of Padma Bhushan.
- Dr.Raja Chelliah- World Renowned Economist and Former Advisor to World Bank.
- Dr.Selvin Christopher- Director of Centre for Airborne Systems, Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), Recipent of Padma Shri.
- Dr.J Daniel Chellappa- Indian Nuclear Scientist, Deputy Director Department of Atomic Energy (India).
- Dr.Gunamudian David Boaz- First Indian psychologist.
- Dr.C. Livingstone- Indian Biological Scientist and Former Chancellor of Madras Christian College.
- Dr.D.J. Bagyaraj- Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
- Dr.M. J. Xavier- Founder and Director of Indian Institute of Management Ranchi.
- Dr.Samuel Paul- Founder and Ex-Director of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
- Dr. M.S.S.Pandian - Veteran Indian Historian and Social Scientist.
Indian Police Service
- Dr.F. V. Arul(IPS)- Former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, Commissioner of Police (Greater Chennai) & First Indian Vice-President of "Interpol"
- Dr.Walter Devaram(IPS)- Former Inspector-General of Police, Indian Super Cop and Padma Shri Awardee.
- Christopher Nelson(IPS)- Former Inspector-General of Police & Life-Time Member of Planning Commission (India).
- G. Nanchil Kumaran(IPS)- Former Inspector-General of Police and Police commissioner, Chennai.
- Dr.C. Sylendra Babu(IPS)- Present Inspector-General of Police and Police commissioner, Chennai North.
Indian Administrative Service
- M.G.Devasahayam- Former Advisor to the Prime Minister of India Shri.Morarji Desai.
- Dr. R.Vijaykumar- Addiional Chief Secretary to Government of India.
- Thiru S. Thangaswami- Commissioner Minorities Welfare to Government of India.
- Thiru V.M. Xavier Chrisso Nayagam- Director Social Welfare to Government of Tamil Nadu.
- Thiru P. Ekambaram- Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Water Board.
- Thiru Anand T- Project Officer DRDA, Tamil Nadu Government.
- Admiral Oscar Stanley Dawson -12th Chief of Naval Staff.
- Admiral Sushil Kumar - 18th Chief of Naval Staff.
- Rani Jeyraj- Miss India, 1996.
- J. C. Daniel- The Father of Malayalam Film Industry.
- Sathyan- First and greatest Malayalam Actor.
- Ganesh Janardhanan(VTV Ganesh)- Tamil Comedian and Actor.
- R. Muttusamy- The Father of Sri Lanka Film Industry.
- Dr. H. S. S. Lawrence- Former Director of Education India and UNESCO Advisor.
- Dr. Jeppiaar- Education Baron and Chancellor of Sathyabama University, Panimalar Engineering College, Jeppiaar Engineering College, St. Joseph's College of Engineering.
- Harris Nadar- 19th Century Travancore Millionaire.
- V. G. Panneerdas- founder of 1 billion $ VGP Group of Companies and VGP Universal Kingdom.
- M. G. Muthu, founder of MGM Group of Companies and MGM Dizzee World
- T. Chitty Babu- Founder of Akshaya homes.
- Dr.Marshal Nesamony, Former Lok Sabha Member.
- Dr.N. Dennis, Former 7 Time Lok Sabha Member.
- Nanjil K. Manoharan- Co-Founder of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK).
- Kunjan Nadar, Former Lok Sabha Member.
- J. Helen Davidson- Current Lok Sabha Member.
- A.V. Bellarmin- Former Lok Sabha Member.
- Dr.David Davidar- Former CEO of Penguin Group and Harvard University Faculty.
- Dr.M. J. Rabi Singh- Indian Linguistic Scholar.
- Dr.Abhilash Chandran R- Indian Author, Recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award.
- Dr.A.J.T. Johnsingh- Indian Scientist and Former Director of the Wildlife Institute of India.
- Dr.J. C. Daniel - Indian Ornithologist and naturalist
- S. S. Davidson- Indian Environmentalist.
- Gnanasigamony Devakadasham- Bishop of the largest Indian Church- Church of South India.
- John Gladstone (bishop)- Former Bishop of Church of South India.
- Vijay Amritraj- First and only Indian Wimbledon Champion.
- Thalaivan Sargunam- Indian Cricketer and Sunrisers Hyderabad Batsman.
- Anand Amritraj- Veteran Indian Tennis Player.
- Prakash Amritraj- Indian Tennis Star.
- W. Antony Dhas - Indian Cricketer.
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- M.G.Muthu. Rags to riches. Variant Communications, 1999.
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- "J.C. Daniel: Naturalist extraordinaire". Sanctuary Asia. April 2000. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080517112223/http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/interviews/jcdaniel.php. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
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