Eternal sunshine settles on his head
Justice K. Palakidnar
Justice Krishnapillai Palakidnar is no more. He has gone to be with
his creator. He was from a highly cultured family in Kokuvil, Jaffna.
He was the eldest in a family of six and leadership was his birthright.
War II, our cousins attending big schools in Colombo came back to
their villages. Mr. Palakidnar was among the Colombo students who
joined Kokuvil Hindu College.
students found the environment somewhat strange. The staff of Kokuvil
Hindu College were in white verties and national shirts.
with Palakidnar began in the common classroom for senior and pre-senior
students for the English language and literature class.
entered University College, Colombo and obtained a degree in arts
and proceeded to qualify as an advocate of the Supreme Court. Having
practised law for sometime, he entered the judicial service as Anura-dhapura
Magistrate. He adorned every echelon in the judicial service until
he became the President of the Court of Appeal.
I had the opportunity
of associating with him more closely when he served as Jaffna District
Judge. We were members of the executive committee of the Sri Lanka
Chapter of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of India. The late Yogendra
Duraiswamy was president and Mr. Palakidnar a vice-president while
I was general secretary. Our main task was to draft a constitution
on the basis of the constitution of the parent organisation and
Mr. Palakidnar showed us the way to adapt it for local conditions.
He suggested that we enshrine only what was most essential. He was
realistic and had the ability to keep his eye on the fundamental
himself fully to whatever social activity he was involved in. Our
efforts to organise the Vivekananda festival in Jaffna in 1980 saw
us meeting with eminent people. Senator S. Nadesan Q.C. was spending
his furlough at his brother's home in Navaly and we spent an evening
in conversation with him on subjects ranging from Nadesan's own
trial to dietary principles. Nadesan was nonchalant about his own
trial but emphatic about the manner in which we should take our
end of our meeting, Mr. Palakidnar requested Senator Nadesan for
a copy of the affidavit he had furnished to court and the Senator
obliged. To me the request for the affidavit appeared to be improper.
On our way home I asked him whether it was proper for a judge to
borrow the affidavit and Mr. Palakidnar replied, "The judge
enjoys the freedom to improve his legal education at all times".
The third phase
of our friendship was more relaxed. During conversations, he would
recall the character of the village preacher in the 'Deserted Village'.
His prediction for the Karma Yoga in the Gheetha made him admire
forever the characterisation of the preacher by Goldsmith.
To them his
heart, his love, his grieves were given,
But all his serious thoughts had rest in heaven
As some tall cliff, that lifts its awful form, the
Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm
Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread
Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
- M. Subramaniam
devoted son and friend of all
Hareen de Saram
When my son's e-mail to me in Manila last Tuesday, started with
"Some very sad news
" I knew that Hareen, my youngest
cousin, was gone forever ending our long association, which started
from our childhood. He was more a friend than a relative.
Hareen's death was not totally unexpected but when the stark reality
that I would not see him again hit me, it moved me to tears. The
only solace was that he enjoyed life as long as he lived and death
was to him a relief from the extreme pain and suffering that many
of his malfunctioning organs gave him.
Hareen had some
sterling qualities. The finest example of which was his devoted
caring for his mother who, like him, suffered a painful illness
for a long time. Throughout this period, Hareen cared for Aunty
Ivy as I have not seen any son do. Hareen was fortunate that he
had a close family with three sisters who loved him dearly. His
sisters, in these last few months, took great pains to try and pull
him through. However, as he told an aunt on the phone from a Singapore
hospital earlier this month, "God wants me up there."
I am sure that this was God's plan.
Hareen, a bachelor,
considered all his close relatives his own family and was interested
in the welfare of everyone. All his nephews and nieces were extremely
fond of him especially because he could relate to them easily. Hareen
was a good friend and likewise he had some good friends who are
going to miss him dearly. Rarely do people like Hareen pass through
this world. We who knew him were lucky to have been there when he
From far off
Manila, I can only say, "Farewell Hareen. I loved you. May
you find that peace in Heaven which only God can give."
- Jayantha J.
found jobs for many youths
Don Nandasena Jayatilaka
Don Nandasena Jayatilaka, the second son of Muhandiram D. S. Jayatilaka
and brother of Sir Baron Jayatilaka, passed away two years ago at
the ripe age of 91.
"DN" was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo and
had Sir Lalitha Rajapakse and Hema Basnayaka as colleagues amongst
others, who became prominent citizens in pre and post independent
He worked briefly
at the Colombo Kachcheri and then took up the Post of Registrar
of Marriages, Births and Deaths in Kelaniya in accordance with his
father's wishes. Marriage was considered a prerequisite for the
post and hence a suitable nuptial was arranged with young Trixie
Jayasinghe of Nagoda Walauwa, Galle, who became his life-long partner.
also took an active part in the co-operative movement in Kelaniya
and held the posts of secretary and president of the Siyane Adhikari
Co-operative Union for 20 years and president of Pethiyagoda Co-operative
Society for more than 30 years. He was appointed an All-Island Justice
of Peace and was also a charter member of the Kelaniya Lions.
He worked tirelessly
as the Chief Dayaka of the Bodhirukkarama Temple, Waragoda and was
a committee member of the Vidyalankara Dayaka Sabha until his death.
He was a director
of a shipping and foreign trading company and helped provide employment
to numerous youth in Kelaniya. He was a generous person and leading
contributor to many local causes even in his ripe old age. Though
entitled to, he never charged a fee for registering a death. DN
was sought after by many politicians during his time and was a personal
friend of President J. R. Jayewardene and R.G. Senanayake. As a
person he was kind and bore no grudges. He enjoyed hosting friends
and relatives at his residence.
active and mobile and maintained rationality of thought even to
his last day. He is survived by his wife Trixie, sons Rajpal and
Haritha and daughter Ramani.
His death has left a void not only for his immediate family but
for everyone who came in contact with him, specially the older residents
of Kelaniya. May he attain Nibbana.