“Youth should fight social evils,” said Justice D. Hariparanthaman of the Madras High Court at the 58{+t}{+h}memorial day of A. Vaidyanatha Iyer at Sevalayam Home for Students here on Wednesday.

“The youth should model their lives after Periyar and Vaidyanatha Iyer who fought for abolition of toddy tapping,” he said. Justice Hariparanthaman also recollected the role of Iyer in temple entry movement — he led Harijans for the first time on July 7, 1939 into Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

R. Srinivasan, secretary of Tamil Nadu Harijan Seva Sangam, insisted that the life and the historical movements led by Mahatma Gandhi, N.M.R. Subburaman and Iyer should be popularised among school students. “These leaders dedicated their lives for the betterment of society. The children should follow their path and work towards uplifting the less fortunate in the society,” he said.

Advocate R. Krishnamoorthy and R. Josephine Ruby, Additional Assistant Elementary Education Officer, spoke. Students of N.M.R. Subburaman Memorial School, through drama and ‘villupattu,’ enacted incidents from the life of Iyer.