Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes has said that the former President K.R. Narayanan left one of the strongest messages possible with his own life, proving that only education could ensure total eradication of discrimination of any kind.

He was delivering the K.R. Narayanan Memorial Lecture organised by the Santhigiri Research Foundation on the occasion of the eighth death anniversary of the former President.

Mr. Fernandes said Narayanan was a president who showed the rest of the country that we could indeed do justice to the downtrodden in society. Not only Kerala, but also the entire country was proud of Narayanan.

Palode Ravi, MLA, presided over the function. K. Gopinathan Pillai, Fellow (Academic and Administration), Santhigiri Research Foundation; Swami Jnanathapaswi, organising secretary, Santhigiri Ashram; George Onakkoor, writer; Abey George of the Swasthy Foundation; and P.S. Prasanth, vice-chairman of the Youth Welfare Board, spoke.

A brief documentary on the former President was screened on the occasion.