'Nyapati 's contribution priceless'

Speakers at the 162 birth anniversary of Nyapati Subbarao Pantulu who hailed from Rajamahendravaram have paid rich tributes to him and described his contribution to the freedom fight and other sectors as priceless.

A meeting was organised at ‘The Hindu Square’ on Sunday in connection with garlanding the statue of Subbarao Pantulu in which industrialist and philanthropist Kantipudi Sarvarayudu said Nyapati actively took part in the freedom movement and was one of the six founders of The Hindu in 1878. He received Swami Vivekananda in Madras when he returned from Chicago after attending the World Parliament of Religions. He said people should rise above political affiliations and participate in his birth anniversary and pay tributes to him.

VSS Krishna Kumar, Editor of evening daily Surya , said Nyapati was a companion of great reformer Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu and a school in Komaragiripatnam in Konaseema was named after him. He recalled that on the advice of Swami Vivekananda, with whom he shared the dais at the Madras Marina beach meeting, he started Hindu Samajam in Rajamahendravaram.

A philanthropist

He was the first president of the Rajamahendravaram municipality and Bar Association.

He had donated about 300 acres in Komaragiripatnam village for public cause. The Corporation or the public should initiate an award or scholarship in the name of Nyapati.

Korukonda Chiranjeevi and Talluri Babu Rajendraprasad of the State SC, ST, Minorities welfare association recalled that Nyapati gave about 5 acres to Dalits and also allotted land for burial ground.

They said every Dalit should respect him and follow in his footsteps.

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