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KCR, Naidu condole Lavanam’s death

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his AP counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu today expressed grief at the demise of social reformer Goparaju Lavanam.

In separate statements here on Friday, the two chief ministers recalled the services of the noted atheist, who struggled for the cause of downtrodden and uplift of the society. They condoled the demise and extended heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family members.

Popularly known as Lavanam, Goparaju breathed his last at Ramesh Hospitals in Vijayawada at 9.50 am. He was 86. Married to Hemalatha, daughter of noted poet Gurram Jhoshua, Lavanam, a freedom fighter, was director of Indian Atheist Center and fought relentlessly against untouchability and eradication of casteism from the society. On behalf of Samskar organization, Lavanam fought against the pernicious Jogini system – a social stigma of pressing SC girls into prostitution to please upper caste men.

A true Gandhian and social philosopher, Lavanam was bestowed with Jamunalal Bajaj Award for his dedicated services for social uplift and inclusive growth. Against superstitions and religious fanaticism, rationalization and Atheism, Lavanam wrote many books and tried his best to create awareness among the people on their rights. Final rites will be performed on Saturday. As per his wish, Lavanam’ s eyes will be donated to Swetha Gora Eye Bank and the body will be given to Pinnamaneni Sidhartha Medical College in Vijayawada. Noted sexologist and former IMA president Dr G Samaram is his brother. (NSS)