dated March 12, 1955: Reception for Helen Keller

The Mayor of Madras, Mr. M.A. Chidambaram, held a reception on March 10 in honour of Miss Helen Keller, renowned deaf and blind author, who is now in the city. The reception, held in the Ripon Building, was attended by a large and distinguished gathering, including Mr. Sri Prakasa, Governor. Welcoming the gathering, Mr. Chidambaram said they were honoured by Miss Keller's visit. She was a great benefactor of the human race and had shown them what a human being, handicapped in so many ways, could achieve through sheer effort and strength of will. Replying, Miss Keller said she was deeply touched by the warm reception accorded to her and the words of tribute expressed about her. She was proud to be in the great city of Madras, which, she pointed out, had done noble work in taking care of the deaf-blind. But much still remained to be done. She expressed the hope that they would join the crusade to lift the adult blind from the unhappy dependence to a state of self-help and usefulness. Their goal must be to see to it that every person — blind or deaf — got an opportunity to become a responsible member of society.