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"We cannot sustain ourselves, unless we
contribute to the society in someway or the other. I strongly feel if even one
person does his bit towards social good, there will be some change."
A will to serve combined with a sense of social justice has been the guiding
principle of P. Kalyanasundaram, who has spent over 45 years in social service.
A gold medallist in library science, he is also an MA in literature and history.
During his 35-year-career as a librarian at the Kumarkurupara Arts College at
Srivaikuntam in Tuticorin district, he gave away all his salary for charity and
did odd jobs to meet his daily needs. He has also come forward to donate his
body and eyes to the Tirunelveli Medical College.
The Union Government has acclaimed him as `The Best Librarian in India'. He has
also been chosen as `one of the top ten librarians of the world'. The
International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, has honoured him as `one of the
noblest of the world', while the United Nations Organisation adjudged him as one
of the Outstanding People of the 20th Century'. An American organisation has
also selected him as the `Man of the Millennium.'