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Visionaries behind Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's growth hailed

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Indian Overseas Bank CMD M. Narendra (third from right), releasing the book, ‘The Hand of Destiny,' and the first copy is being received by B.S. Raghavan, former policy adviser, UN, at a function in Chennai on Monday. (From left) S.S. Rajasekar, son of C Subramaniam and Director, National Agro Foundation, N Vittal, former Central Vigilance Commissioner, T.S. Krishnamurthy, chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, and K N Ramasamy, director, Chennai Kendra, are in the picture. — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
Indian Overseas Bank CMD M. Narendra (third from right), releasing the book, ‘The Hand of Destiny,' and the first copy is being received by B.S. Raghavan, former policy adviser, UN, at a function in Chennai on Monday. (From left) S.S. Rajasekar, son of C Subramaniam and Director, National Agro Foundation, N Vittal, former Central Vigilance Commissioner, T.S. Krishnamurthy, chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, and K N Ramasamy, director, Chennai Kendra, are in the picture. — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai Kendra celebrated Founder's Day with a host of speakers revisiting the contributions of the organisation founder Kulapati K.M. Munshi and statesman C. Subramaniam who served as its president.

Former bureaucrat B. S. Raghavan said it was nigh impossible to describe what C. Subramaniam meant for the nation as he could be variously described as one of the founding fathers of the nation, a visionary who was the Renaissance man behind the Green Revolution or as a distinguished leader who combined an economy of words with effectiveness of presentation.

“The days of heroes went extinct with CS…”, said Mr. Raghavan who shared a nearly 15-year-old association with CS.

According to Mr. Raghavan, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru regarded C. Subramaniam as a consultant on important matters as he trusted that the man would never offer biased advice and would always keep national interests paramount.

Former Central Vigilance Commissioner N. Vittal, said the Bhavan's founder Kulapati Munshi was a man of many dimensions who made immeasurable contributions to education, culture and tradition.

M. Narendra, CMD of Indian Overseas Bank, launched the third volume of C. Subramaniam's autobiographical “The Hand of Destiny” and said many of the author's perceptive observations about agriculture and nationalisation of banking stood relevant even today.

Former Chief Election Commissioner and Chennai Kendra chairman T. S. Krishnamurthy and K. N. Ramaswamy, Director also participated.

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