Friday, February 5, 2010

Mahatma Gandhi's grandson speaks about Mr C Subramanian

Bharat Ratna Shri C Subramanian's Centenary Celebration was held by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Chennai.  Mr Gopalakrishna Gandhi, grand son of Mahatma Gandhi and Rajaji spoke about Mr CS.  Please read the report published by The Hindu (5th Feb 2010).

(From left ) Rajsekar, managing trustee, National Agro Foundation; Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal; K.N. Ramaswamy, director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and T.S. Krishna Murthy, chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra, at a lecture in Chennai on Thursday.

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Concern over erosion of trust in individuals and institutions
Special Correspondent
It is important to rebuild this, says Gopalkrishna Gandhi
CHENNAI: There has been an erosion of trust in individuals and institutions over time and it is important to rebuild this, according to Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal.

Speaking at the birth centenary celebrations of C. Subramaniam organised by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Thursday, Mr. Gandhi said legislative enactments, including the Right to Information Act, protection against domestic violence and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act were “millennial legislations” that guaranteed essential rights to citizens. But, without public trust, these would be inadequate.

CS (as he was fondly called) and his generation of politicians had showed the way in public decency and service. He recounted how P. Ramamurthi, the veteran communist leader, CS and Rajaji were always civil and friendly with each other in spite of their political disagreements. “Politics was a cultured affair then.”
While comforts and luxuries had increased, and there was more joy in many individuals, the collective face of society now bore no trace of happiness and there was very little peace.

Globalisation’s benefits were being talked about but there was also the prospect of global terror, global economic meltdown and global warming, which had to be dealt with, Mr. Gandhi said. But, there was much to look forward to with hope and optimism for India and the world.

T.S. Krishna Murthy, chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra, recalled CS’s close ties with the Bhavan. He talked of CS’s unflagging attention to detail and his concern for accuracy.

S.S. Rajsekar, CS’s son and managing trustee, National Agro Foundation, recounted incidents from CS’s life. He said that once Jawaharlal Nehru had thrown a file at him over a minor disagreement.
When CS responded saying it wouldn’t take too long to throw it back, Nehru apologised and noted that he did not realise CS had as short a temper as he did.


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