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J Radhakrishnan: The people's collector

J Radhakrishnan
J Radhakrishnan

Those hit by the tsunami in 2004 call him the "people's collector". Meet J Radhakrishnan, who spearheaded relief and rehabilitation efforts after the tsunami. On the morning of December 26, 2004, Radhakrishnan, then collector of Thanjavur, was summoned to Nagapattinam and told large waves had hit coastal areas in the state, resulting in casualties. This came on the heels of his heading relief efforts after a fire at a school in Kumbakonam killed 94 students. Recalling the impact of the tsunami, Radhakrishnan says, " We did not even get time to think; we just stepped ...