C. Rajagopalachari was a man of convictions and did not write a foreword for any book. However, when S. Sivapathasundaram (2012 is his centenary year) made a request for a foreword while writing his book on the Art of Broadcasting (Siva was with BBC and was responsible for starting Thamizhosai, a programme in Tamil from London for international audience), Rajaji initially declined. But he did write a foreword for the book, which was published simultaneously in Colombo and Madras in 1954.

He said: “As usual I wanted to write a regret letter to Sivapathasundaram, but on browsing through the pages I found the book interesting and read the whole lot. It is necessary that people connected with this new God — radio — should read this book as it gives all the intricacies of broadcasting. The book could have, in fact, been titled Radio Vadyar (Radio Teacher).”

K.R.A. Narasiah, Chennai

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