Staff Reporter

She was described as an embodiment of rare courage

  • Her death tremed a personal loss for humanists and rationalists across the world
  • Mayor says the Gora couple had chosen the road less travelled and remained wedded to the cause they believed in

    VIJAYAWADA: Leaders from various walks of life paid glowing tributes to freedom fighter and atheist leader Saraswathi Gora here on Sunday.

    Addressing a meeting organised to commemorate the social reformer, who died at 94 on August 19 following a brief illness, the speakers recalled that Ms. Gora was an embodiment of rare courage that showed the light of wisdom to many people. The sense of commitment with which she carried her duties and her clarity of thought came in for widespread appreciation.

    `Universal mother'

    Kanakmal Gandhi of Mahatma Gandhi's Sevagram Ashram in Maharashtra said it would be wrong to say that Saraswathamma was the mother of nine children. "She was a universal mother bestowing equal love and care on whoever came to her," he recalled. He said the manner in which she had kept the torch of inspiration lighting after Gora's demise was praiseworthy.

    Bhavini Behen from Vinoba Bhave's Paunar Ashram in Maharashtra said. Ms. Gora lived an exemplary life and inspired others to follow the path of truth and righteousness.

    Executive director of the London-based International Humanist and Ethical Union Babu Gogineni termed her death a personal loss for humanists and rationalists across the world. "She led an extraordinary life, impressively long and fulfilling, presiding over a movement in a style that is unparalleled in other parts of the world. At a time when irrationality was sweeping the world, Saraswathi Gora kept alive the robust voice of common sense," he said.

    Time for reforms

    Mayor Tadi Sakuntala said that the Gora couple had chosen the road less travelled and remained wedded to the cause they believed in for lifetime. She said that the sense of commitment Saraswathi Gora had infused in her children reflected in the several activities taken up by their respective organisations.

    Social activist Lavanam, son of the deceased, felt that the present society was more liberal than the one during the life time of the Gora couple, and thus the present climate was more conducive for implementation of reforms with greater zeal. "Let's all re-dedicate ourselves to the cause taken up by the couple," he said.

    Avanigadda MLA Mandali Buddha Prasad, former Mayor T. Venkateswara Rao, freedom fighter Parakala Pattabhirama Rao, veteran theatre artiste Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, principal of Maris Stella College Teresamma, All India Radio's Vijayawada station director M. Aditya Prasad, Vikasa Vidyavanam's Hema Parimi, N. Venkateswarlu of Siddhartha Academy and a host of others were present.