Haripad: Writer T. Padmanabhan disclosed that as he has no children, he has entrusted a Muslim man to immerse his ashes in Bharathappuzha and perform his last rites. The author revealed this while speaking after receiving the Haripad CBC Warrier Foundation Award.
“My wife’s ashes was immersed in a river at Wayanad and the last rites were performed by a person who belonged to a community which the society perceives as low caste. Even when I turn 90, my mind is young," Padmanabhan said.
"I am a person who grew up experiencing the freedom struggle. I was not a mere spectator of it. I wish to wear Khadi dress till death and to be covered with the tricolour after the death,” he said.
"Our land is in a path to the yesterdays. The caste-based preferences are increasing in the society. We have to remember the incident in which a doctor committed suicide due to caste discrimination from her colleagues in Mumbai," he opined.
Those who rule the country impose caste-related violence. It was not very common to add caste name with a person’s name. But now caste name is added with even children’s names,” the writer added.