‘Reforms that Kandukuri advocated still relavant’

Staff Reporter

Rajahmundry: Speakers at book release function of Telugu title ‘Kandukuri Veeresalingam’ published by the National Book Trust have opined that social reforms that were envisaged during Kandukuri’s time are relevant even today. Social evils, oppression of women, domestic violence and dowry harassment are still continuing in society.

Releasing the book authored by Vakulabharanm Ramakrishna of Central University, Vice-Chancellor of Adikavi Nannaya University K. Niruparani said that reforms propounded of Kandukuri Veeresalingam brought about social revolution in society. She complimented the National Book Trust for bringing out a book on the great reformer. Prof. Niruparani assured the book trust of supporting any project on Kandukuri Veeresalingam or, for that matter, any exercise that helped share knowledge.

Kethu Viswanatha Reddy, a professor, in his presidential address, saw the need to introspect on whether we were implementing any of the reforms advocated by Kandukuri Veeresalingam. He recalled that Veeresalingam used newspapers and magazines as his weapons to spread social enlightenment.

Noted writer and environmentalist Tallavajjula Patanjali Sastry said that spreading of literacy done by Missionaries in those days came in handy to Veeresalingam to propagate his reforms.

Prof. Viswanatha Reddy released Kamakshi Balasubrahmanyam’s translated version of ‘Mangu Bongaram’ done by Kandepi Raniprasad.

Mr. Ramakrishna released Sasi Prabhuda’s translated version of ‘Pappu - Agachatlu’ done by E.S. Narayana.

National Book Trust Assistant Editor Pattipaka Mohan, Hitakarini Samajam trustee Sunkara Veerasekhar and others participated in the programme.

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