TIRUMALA, APRIL 11: “Mahatma Jyothiba Pule pioneered social reformation in India and remained inspiration to later generations in his struggle for equality”, said TTD EO Sri MG Gopal.

Addressing the 187th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Jyothiba Pule which took place at TTD Administrative building quadrangle on Friday, he said, Pule fought for the emancipation of the downtrodden people throughout his life. The EO said Pule was first among the social activists, social reformers and social revolutionaries of his times and hence rightly awarded with the title “Mahatma”, he added. He said his life has been an inspiration to the present generation youth since he not only fought for equal justice but also fought for the upliftment of women through women education, widow remarriages etc. His betterhalf Savitri Bai Pule supported him in his every move and in his effort.

Tirupati JEO Sri P Bhaskar said the profound significance of his unflinching espousal of the ‘rights of man’ remained till the end of his life a major theme of his writings and a goal of his actions.

Speaking on this occasion SVU Rector Dr Sukumar said, through out his 63 years of life span Pule tried bringing in positive renovations in the spheres of education, agriculture, caste system, social position of women in the country during 19th century. Due to his relentless struggle to derive justice and equal rights for the farmers and the lower caste, Jyotirao Govindrao Phule is regarded as one of the most significant figures in the social reform movement and titled as “Mahatma”.

Dean of Economics department of SV University Dr Savaraiah said Pule revolted against the caste-restrictions that prevailed in India and fought for equal social justice. Jyotiba Phule has to his credit for having started the first Hindu to start an orphanage for the unfortunate children, to fight for equal justice to all, to fight against the social evils that are predominant against women in the orthodox community and many more. He said Dr BR Ambedkar considered Pule as his “Guru” and took inspiration from Pule’s movements of establishing a society of equal justice in the country.

Welfare Department DYEO Sri Rami Reddy, Services DyEO Sri Siva Reddy, HDPP Special Officer Sri Raghunath, PRO Sri T Ravi were also present.