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HOMAGE: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan pays his last respects to noted writer Kamala Suraiya when her body was placed at the Senate Hall in Thiruvananthapuram for the public to pay their homage, on Monday.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: People from different walks of life paid homage to veteran litterateur Kamala Suraiya when her mortal remains were brought to the State on Monday morning.
The body was brought to Nedumbassery airport from Mumbai around 8 a.m. and was accompanied by her son M.D. Nalapatt and Culture Minister M.A. Baby. The Imam of Kodungalloor Cheraman Masjid offered special prayers. Fisheries Minister S. Sarma, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy were present at the airport. Mr. Rajendran and Thrissur Collector V.K. Baby accompanied the body to Thrissur. Political leaders, writers, artistes and a huge crowd assembled at the Sahitya Akademi Hall to pay homage.
The body was brought to Ernakulam Town Hall around 1.10 a.m. District Collector placed a wreath on behalf of Union Minister of State for Food and Agriculture K.V. Thomas. Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, P. Rajeev, MP, K. Babu, V.D. Satheesan, A.M. Yousuf, Jose Thettayil, MLAs, and LDF convener Vaikom Viswan were among those who paid last respects.
The body was placed at the Alappuzha Collectorate en route Thiruvananthapuram. A.M. Arif, C.K.Sadasivan and Thomas Chandy, MLAs, former MP C.S. Sujatha and DCC president A. Shukkoor were among those who were present at the Collectorate. Hundreds arrived at the T.M. Varghese Hall, Kollam to have a glimpse of the writer’s body. Additional District Magistrate Antony Dominic paid floral tributes on behalf of the district administration. The body wa brought to the capital around 8.20 p.m.Tamil writers’ message
The Thiruvananthapuram Tamil Writers Association has condoled the poet’s death. A message of the association said that her work, ‘My Story,’ had inspired readers all over the world.
“Her thoughts and commitment were a source of motivation for women. Love was the main theme of her works. She was fond of Tamils and the people of Tamil Nadu too liked her. Her death is a great loss to the literary world and those aspiring for the liberty of women,” the message said.
Kamala Suraiya was a writer who freely unveiled her thoughts and mind before the world, Public Works Minister Mons Joseph said.
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