Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin pays tribute to legendary Tamil writer D.Jayakanthan
New Delhi, April 9 , 2015
Dear Mrs Jayakanthan,
Dear Members of the Family,
It is with a feeling of deep sorrow and grief that I learned about the sad passing away of your beloved husband and father – one of the India’s worthiest sons, the patriarch of Tamil literature, novelist par excellence, D.Jayakanthan, and hasten to offer my profound condolences. He was Russia’s true friend.
Jayakanthan’s name will go down in the history of Russian-Indian ties as that of a brilliant writer, prominent translator of Alexander Pushkin’s poetry. He enjoyed highest esteem for his contribution, as a Founder-Chairman of Indo-Russian Cultural and Friendship Society, to stronger relations between our nations and closer people-to-people contacts. It was duly recognized by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who conferred on him the highest civilian award for foreigners – the Order of Friendship.
It was thanks to D.Jayakanthan’s noble activities that for several decades cultural exchanges between my country and Tamilnadu became so rich, and the Russian language and literature are taught in many schools and colleges of the state.
We knew D.Jayakantan as an extremely brave, open-minded, warm and amiable person. He never hesitated to focus on the burning social and political problems. We shall cherish his memory forever.
The loss is irreparable but I do hope that you will have the strength to bear it.
We mourn together with you and the people of India.
Yours in sorrow,
Alexander M. Kadakin
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