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A LIGHTER MOMENT: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with former Supreme Court Judge S. Mohan at a book release function in Chennai on Friday. Photo: V. Ganesan
A LIGHTER MOMENT: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with former Supreme Court Judge S. Mohan at a book release function in Chennai on Friday. Photo: V. Ganesan

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Says there has always been a poetic side to the former Supreme Court Judge

  • His poems stress the need for hard work: Chief Minister
  • He continued to be a poet at heart: N. Ram

    CHENNAI: There had always been a poetic side to former Supreme Court Judge S. Mohan, said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at a function here on Friday.

    After releasing "Singing Sparrow," a collection of poems penned by Mr. Mohan, he said during his tenure as Judge, he gave a verdict in a case 25 years ago with a poetic note. The case related to problems faced by the then Tamil Nadu Government in acquiring land for laying a pathway for a cremation ground for Dalits near Vriddachalam in the composite South Arcot district, he recalled.

    Referring to the "technical flaw" committed by the then Government, Mr. Mohan, in his verdict, had quoted the famous English poem: "For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the rider was lost; for want of a rider, the battle was lost; for want of a battle, the kingdom was lost; And all for the want of a horseshoe nail," Mr. Karunanidhi said.

    He also presented the Tamil version of some of the poems from the collection including the ones titled "Seeking", "Reward" and "Advantage of the old age." Mr. Mohan's poems stressed the need for hard work and perseverance to be adopted by the youth even while highlighting the importance of the aged, he said.

    `Multi-faceted'

    Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu N. Ram described Mr. Mohan as a multifaceted personality. Though he had been making many contributions to society, he continued to be a poet at heart. The former Judge would be able to reach out to the people through this powerful medium, he said.

    Consul General of United States David T. Hopper, who received the first copy of the book, said the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu fostered poetic talents in people.

    Mr. Mohan said the World Congress of Poets had proposed to confer the `Poet Laureate' title on Mr. Karunanidhi at its 27th meet to be held in Chennai in September. Among others, president of Chennai Art and Literary Forum G. Manilal, patron B. Shivkumar and vice president Kingsly Fernandez spoke at the function.

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