The evening of 19th November, 2013 at the Irish Embassy was glittering with the shine of sparkling bulbs. It was such an amazing yet pleasant surprise that even after 100 years people of country where Dr. V.V. Giri spent just a few years of his life remembers him. In 1913, he went to University College Dublin, Ireland to study law, but was expelled from Ireland in 1916 after becoming involved with the Sinn Féin movement. Involvement which brought him into close contact with Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Patrick Pearse, Desmond FitzGerald, Eoin MacNeill, James Connolly and others.
Dr. V.V. Giri has played a major role in the formation of the Indian Constitution as major part of it was taken from the Irish Constitution. He was instrumental in propelling the various trade unions towards the nationalist movement. From 1931 to 1932, as a Worker's Representative, Dr. V. V. Giri attended the Second Round Table Conference in London. In 1934 he was selected as a member of the Imperial Legislative Assembly. His tryst with politics began when he stood in 1936 General Elections as a Congress candidate. He won the election and the next year his party made him the Minister of Labor and Industries in the Madras Presidency. When the Congress Government resigned in 1942 to protest against the British rule, V.V. Giri returned to the Labor Movement to take part in the Quit India Movement. He was imprisoned and sent to jail. Again, after the General Election of 1946 he was given the labor ministry.
To honour his achievements, the Irish Embassy on the evening of 19th November, launched the V.V. Giri Scholarship for 4 students every year to study free of cost at the University of Dublin. It a great honour for the family and I would like to share it with you. I would like to share with you that I was fortunate to attend the function with Navin Krishna Giri and 16 others.