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Gandhian G. Venkatachalapathy remembered

G. R. Swaminathan, Judge, Madras High Court, delivering the memorial lecture at Gandhi Museum in Madurai on Saturday.

G. R. Swaminathan, Judge, Madras High Court, delivering the memorial lecture at Gandhi Museum in Madurai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: S_James

G. Venkatachalapathy Memorial Award given to three youth organisations

The 50th memorial of Gandhian G. Venkatachalapathy was observed on Saturday, at the Gandhi Museum, here. Venkatachalapathy regarded as ‘the architect of rural development and panchayati raj movement in Tamil Nadu’ was the founder of Gandhi Niketan Ashram in T. Kallupatti, Madurai district.

Three youth social organisations, including ‘Eera Nilam’ based in Thuvariman, ‘Thirunagar Pakkam’ based in Thirunagar and ‘Unmai Ulaippu Uyarvu’ based in Sivaganga, were awarded the G. Venkatachalapathy Memorial Award, at the function.

Justice G. R. Swaminathan of Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, who delivered the memorial lecture at the event, said that ideals of Gandhiji were more relevant today as consumerism had reached obnoxious levels. “Consumerism is the reason behind environmental pollution, degradation of societal values and many other issues. Gandhiji's most important ideal was simplicity and it stays relevant even today. Simplicity and minimalism are also the solution to most problems. Harsh punishments can be deterrents to crime and offence but only upgrading values of the society can address the root of crime,” he added.

Dr. G. Natchiar, Director, Aravind Eye Hospital, K. M. Natarajan, president, Tamil Nadu Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and Dr. M. P. Gurusamy, secretary, Gandhi Museum, delivered lectures at the event.

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