5 May 2013: VS Ramadevi launched into eternity


VS Ramadevi, former Governor of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, passed away on April 17, 2013. She fell to a heart attack at her Bengaluru residence where she had recently moved from Hyderabad. Also the only woman Chief Election Commissioner, she held many important positions – Secretary General (Rajya Sabha), Member-Secretary (Law Commission), Secretary (Legislative Department), and Honorary Adviser (National Women’s Commission).  

Born at Chebrolu in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on 15 January 1934 as one among eight sisters, Ramadevi did her MA and LLM and practised as advocate (High Court of AP) before joining the Central Services as a Group ‘A’ officer. 

Well-informed on several subjects, Ramadevi was much in demand as a speaker at many meetings and functions. A columnist in Telugu, commenting on contemporary socio-political developments, she was a contributor to many newspapers and magazines. A prolific writer, she had brought out as many as 11 books on a single occasion. She wrote many stories, novels and reflections, besides legal books especially on matters related to women and children. Many of her works have been translated into Kannada. A realist and humanist, she was a signature for friendly disposition and endearing smile.  

Muse India has occasion to especially remember this lady for her scintillating observations as the chief guest at its Hyderabad Literary Festival 2010. Ramadevi is survived by a son. Muse India offers its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved and humble homage to the golden departed soul. 

(Submitted by U Atreya Sarma, Hyderabad. May 5, 2013)
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