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Manuel Aaron & Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan

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Manuel Aaron & Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan

Manuel Aaron

Born: 30 December 1935

He is the first Indian chess master in the second half of the 20th century.

He dominated chess in India in the 1960s to the 1980s, was the national champion of India nine times between 1959 and 1981.

He is India’s first player to be awarded the International Master title, and is one of the key figures in introducing international chess practices to India; until the 1960s, Indian chess (known as chaturanga) was often played using many local traditional variants.

He helped popularize the international variety, forming many chess groups and urging players to study openings and other formal chess literature.  

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Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan

Born: 30 December 1950

He is an Indian social worker and tribal rights activist. 

He is well known for his contributions to the upliftment of the forest dwelling tribes (mainly Soligas) in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka.

He is also a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Padma Shri.

He graduated from Bangalore Medical College and became a medical doctor in the year 1973.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at IGNOU.

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