I wish to extend to you my
sincerest and most cordial greetings on this very auspicious day - the dawn of 1956. I do
trust and prayerfully hope that our great country, India, will be greatly benefited by the
devoted labours of such a tried and seasoned statesman of your caliber.
I acknowledge with many
thanks receipt of your kind letter of December 9, wishing me speedy recovery. You can
easily understand what are the thoughts uppermost in my heart. Unfortunately I am still in
bed and am likely to continue in bed for another two months under doctors orders for
treatment for the diagnosed disease of T.B. of the bone. What gives me satisfaction and
encouragement as I keep lying in bed is the thought that some day soon, perhaps next year,
it will be given to me through the kind assistance of the Planning Commission and of your
distinguished self to inaugurate the first step in the proposed Medical College at
Karaikudi. I do not want to embarrass you with any request on such an auspicious occasions
as today but I wish to express to you once again that the idea of Medical College is
nearest and dearest to my heart and whatever you can do - you can do everything - will be
of the greatest satisfaction and happiness to me.