Sri Mulukutla Srinivasa Murty's sudden passing away has really come as a shock to all his friends and admirers. I had known Sri Murty from a number of years during our service days. I had watched him flower out into a very able and amiable personality. He held higher level positions with grace and dignity. He had a way of effectively communicating from the stage. He also had a penchant for the written word.
The tremendous energy with which he plunged into the movement for the Pensioners for their rights and privileges was amazing. From his activity levels in the cause of Pensioners, one can't easily guess his age. He looked like a motivated youngster, hopping places spending his own time and money, to achieve his objectives. He was an incurable optimist who went around to canvass opinion in favour of his approach to the legal battles. It was after a no of such attempts at trying to get the Pensioners Federation to see his angle to the legal directions, he thought would bear fruits, that he finally, out of a sense of disillusionment, parted ways with the Federation taking the Hyderabad Association out of the affiliation to the Fedrn. It was to his credit that he kept his friendships with those in the now different camp, quite in tact. He would write and talk over phone as if those official positions did not matter. Perhaps the only little flaw, if one may say so, was in his inability to spare the Fedrn. leadership in his repeat writings, though there was littlle provocation from that side. But this again marked him out as a redoubtable fighter for whom only his goal mattered.
To me personally he was very good friend, who made it a point to ask me to inform him of my visits to Hyderabad well after my retirement. In the Service days, he would invariably accompany me to various places in his self-driven Honda City Car. Even as I fell silent in correspondence with him after the days of his moving away from Fedrn. he would inform me of his visits to Chennai and the venue where he would meet friends. Discord not withstanding, I have attended some of those meetings. Even his detractors would have no hesitation in granting that he was a vivacious personality at his age. We have truly lost a a committed and colourful crusader in our cause. Honestly, he was so lively in all his dealings , I never imagined I would be writing about him in such sad circumstances so early on.