TRIP DOWN THE INDELIBLE MEMORY LANE

TRIP DOWN THE INDELIBLE MEMORY LANE

On the beach side of Keechankuppam, in Nagapattinam, in 2004, a baby, was heardcrying by the fishermen in that area, in the aftermath of the most devastating hit TSUNAMI. They immediately rescued the two-year-old girl baby, handed her over to then Collector Sri. J. Radhakrishnan.

Sri. J. Radhakrishnan, is an Indian Civil Servant and administrator who is primarily known for his relief work in Nagapattinam and Thanjavur districts during the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and tsunami which gained worldwide appreciation. He was born on 16th September 1966, in Madras, then. He had his schooling in Kanpur, Chandigarh, Nasik, Deolali. He graduated in Veterinary Science in Frist Class from Bangalore. He also did his post-graduation in Veterinary Science specialising in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He successfully completed his Civil Service Examinations and qualified for Indian Administrative Service in 1992. After his initial training, please read the tabular column for his career graph.

YEAR

POSITION

PLACE

1994-96

SUB-COLLCTOR

TUTICORIN

1996-99

TN’S DEPUTY SECRETARY OF FINANCE

CHENNAI

1999-2000

FAMILY HEALTH AND WELFARE

CHENNAI

2000-2001

COMMISSIONER OF LAND REVENUE AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

CHENNAI

2001-2003

DISTRICT COLLECTOR

SALEM

2004-2005

DISTRICT COLLECTOR

THANJAVUR

2005-2006

DISTRICT COLLECTOR

NAGAPATTINAM

2009-2012

HEAD, DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAM (FOR UN)

INDIA

2012 ONWARDS

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT, TN

CHENNAI

(courtesy wiki)

The two-year-old kid was placed and brought up in an orphanage called Annai Sathya Home, in Nagapattinam, as per the collector’s order.  He also took special care of other 150 children in the orphanage. In the meantime, this two-year-old kid found in Keechankuppam was named Meena and another kid found in Velankanni was named Sowmya.

Every day amidst his busy schedule Radhakrishnan and his family spent some time at the orphanage. Hence the kids in the Annai Sathya Home started calling them Amma and Appa (mother and father). As his transfer was imperative owing to promotions, he had to leave Nagapattinam, but made it a point to visit Nagapattinam, every year, especially Annai Sathya Orphanage home and see the children. As years passed, the children in the home grew up, some of them left, after getting married, Meena and Sowmya are still under the care of the home.

On his most recent visit to Nagapattinam, day before yesterday, to assess the rehabilitation work done so far, following the aftermath of GAJA storm, as he was inspecting a Government aided School, he accidentally met Meena, who recognised him after so many years.  Last when he met her she was a two-year-old, but now as a 17-year-old girl, in school uniform, When Meena called her “APPA” in voice filled with happiness and with tears of joy, ran towards him, his immediate response was, as he would treat his own daughter, he hugged her tightly and shed uninhibited tears.  He was very happy to see her and the fact that a two-year-old then recognised him literally bowled him over. That moment of having met the girl brought tears of joy, remembering, reminiscing, the indelible memories of his life during the Nagapattinam days. Having seen him after so many years and used to calling him “APPA” seeing Meena crying her heart out, even the teachers who were around, had tears in their eyes seeing this HEART-TOUCHING INCIDENT.

Having met Meena, he then asked about her well-being, she immediately told him that she wants to do B.COM. He advised her to study well he would definitely help her in her future studies. He also enquired about Sowmya who is doing B.A. first year, in a college and enquired about her well-being too. He promised to meet Sowmya another day and left the school.

Peoples’ life, they carry memories of past, some unforgettable, indelible, which would remain with them forever. I admire the fact that, how much of involvement would have been there then, with Radhakrishnan and the children that a two-year-old recognised him after so many years and called him “APPA”.  He too hadn’t forgotten them. No matter what position, power, one has, being HUMANE, care towards others, addressing the sensitivity nature in these children because of their precarious background, goes to show the genuine quality, nature, in a person and A TRIP DOWN THE INDELIBLE MEMORY LANE, brings definitely UNFORGETTABLE, IMMORTAL MEMORIES.

 VIJAYASHREE RAMESH, CHENNAI BASED ADVOCATE