"My father was a farmer and I used to attend an arts college wearing dhoti... So all this is not new to me."
Justice Selvam, a former judge at the Madras High Court, was appointed to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in 1981. After a distinguished service, he retired in 2018.
Most retirees are content to sit back and relax, but Justice Selvam is not one of them—he picked up a plough, and decided to become a farmer!
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Consequently, a video of the former judge driving a tractor and ploughing a field, went viral, and he received a lot of praise for taking up the humble job of a farmer.
However, for Justice Selvam, this is not a sudden shift.
Speaking to The Hindu, he said, “My father was a farmer, and I used to attend an arts college wearing dhoti since my family could not afford a pair of trousers.
I began wearing trousers and footwear only after joining the law college. So all this is not new to me.”
In the Madras High Court, Justice Selvam was known among his peers for his humility and integrity. When he retired, he refused to accept the farewell that is arranged on government funds and even handed over his government car and house to the rightful owners, on the last day of his service.
Now, Justice Selvam is winning hearts with his retirement plan of farming in the Pulankurichi village of Tamil Nadu, and his aim is “to breathe free air and lead a happy life amidst green fields.”
Watch Justice Selvam drive the tractor in his fields here.
@narendramodi FARMER AND A JUDGE
Recognise the man driving the tractor ? is a former Judge of the Madras high court retired on 4th April 2018 led an unpretentious life even as a Judge no mace bearers etc.
Post retirement he has moved to his village & doing agriculture. pic.twitter.com/OxPVAG8OF3
— sriragh (@sriragh5) August 2, 2018
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)