Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Oct 07, 2005
Google



Tamil Nadu
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Tamil Nadu - Chennai Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

105-year-old Gandhian calls for probity in public life

S. Dorairaj



Saraswathi Ramasamy. — Photo : N. Sridharan

CHENNAI: The 105-year-old woman who came to the banquet hall of Raj Bhavan on Thursday to participate in a function held by HelpAge India had to be escorted to the dais by volunteers.

By the time it ended, Saraswathi Ramasamy had gathered enough strength to stand up and render the national anthem, tears rolling down her eyes.

Shortly after receiving the first copy of the Tamil version of Senior Citizens' Guide from Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, the centenarian told The Hindu that she had participated in the national liberation movement in 1922.

Her husband S. Ramasamy, a devout Gandhian, gave up his job as assistant postmaster and asked her to quit her college studies in response to Gandhiji's call.

"After becoming part of the great freedom movement, I never looked back. Nor did I lie low till the tricolour was unfurled at the Red Fort."

Born in Hyderabad, Saraswathi married Ramasamy when she was seven. Before joining her husband at the age of 15, she lived in various places, including Nagpur, Surat, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata along with her father, an engineer with the Public Works Department.

Besides her mother tongue Telugu, she speaks several other languages, including Tamil, Hindi, English, Marathi and Gujarati.

When tragedy struck on January 30, 1948 when Gandhiji was assassinated, Saraswathi suffered a personal loss; her husband was killed in the clashes that took place in the aftermath of Gandhi's death.

But she did not allow herself to be overcome by tragedy. Having taken a stand that she would not seek any concessions or assistance from the Government, she continued to take tuitions for children at Pattukottai where she settled down in 1945. She continued with her endeavour till she moved to Chennai to become an inmate of Vishranthi, an old age home at Palavakkam.

"What is disturbing me more is the cruel fact that corruption has become all pervasive in the country. Let us all re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of fighting this evil," she said.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Tamil Nadu

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |

Sivananda Orphanage


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu