Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Speakers at the commemorative meeting of Gooty Ramakrishna, veteran journalist and freedom fighter who passed away here on May 12, told the present day journalists to draw inspiration from the moral, professional and social values upheld by late Ramakrishna.

The meeting was organised in memory of the veteran journalist in Press Club here on Wednesday in which several speakers recollected their association with Ramakrishna and the social responsibility and integrity displayed by him as one of the first generation journalists in the district.

He was not only the first short story writer in the district but was the first to pen the plight of people suffering from severe drought conditions. Moved by the pathetic living conditions of the poor during 1948-53 when severe drought conditions prevailed in the region, Ramakrishna wrote a short story titled ‘Ganji Kosam’.

He was instrumental in the journalists staging a relay-fast to take the severity of drought conditions in the district to the notice of the government during the late 1970s, the speakers recollected. It was first such instance wherein the journalists staged a protest for a social cause. Floral tributes were paid to Ramakrishna, who was also one of the founders of Communist activities in the district, and a two minute silence was observed in his memory.

Writer Singamaneni Narayana, senior CPI leader M.V. Ramana, district secretary of CPI D. Jagadish, district president of Human Rights Forum Basha, senior journalist N. Sainath and others spoke.