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He was addressing a gathering of dignitaries and well-wishers to pay homage to Sundaram Ramakrishnan, executive secretary and director-general, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Worldwide, who died on February 14 last here.
The former President, R. Venkataraman, said that Ramakrishnan worked for 50 years on a meagre salary of Rs. 2000 testifying to his simplicity and greatness.
The Governor of Maharashtra, Mohammed Fazal, said, "Mr. Ramakrishnan was a noble and great soul and great son of our motherland. By making the Bhavan an institution of international eminence, he became one with the Bhavan. Kerala was his janmabhoomi but Maharashtra was his karmabhoomi."
Rama Jois, Governor of Jharkhand, said that Ramakrishnan was a true Gandhian. The Jharkhand Government had agreed to allocate land to open a branch of the Bhavan in Ranchi.
Born on July 22, 1922 at Pushpagiri, Thrissur, Kerala, Ramakrishnan came under the influence of the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Mahatma Gandhi during his school days.
In 1939, he migrated to Mumbai in search of employment and was drawn into the freedom struggle.
He was personal secretary to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He joined the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1947 as its Registrar.
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