I am saddened by the news of the demise of C.B. Muthamma, one of the endearing persons I had the fortune to be associated with during my service in the Indian Foreign Service. I was posted to the Indian Embassy in The Hague and worked under her as a junior officer for a couple of years when she was Ambassador of the Netherlands, from where she retired in 1982.

She was fiery on the exterior, intolerant of sycophancy, ineptitude and hypocrisy, a hard task-master, an orator par excellence on any subject under the sun, uncompromising on principles but a person of immense beauty from inside. After retirement, she immersed herself into one of the many causes very close to her heart — disarmament — and I, for one, always read her numerous articles on the subject and those on social equality and universal justice with great interest. May her tribe increase!

C. Felix Rozario,

Coimbatore

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