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C.R. Reddy's stellar contributions highlighted

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Universities asked to take up publication of educationist's works

CHENNAI: Former Supreme Court judge and Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), K. Jayachandra Reddy, on Thursday suggested that the Madras or Annamalai University take up publication of a collection of works of the late Dr.C.R.Reddy, the eminent educationist.

Andhra University had published some of them. But there were many works of Dr.Reddy, an educationist since 1914, which needed to be published in the form of a compendium, he stressed.

Recalling the yeoman services of the renowned educationist in shaping Madras, Mysore and Annamalai Universities, the PCI Chairman said the Andhra University, of which Dr. Reddy was Vice-Chancellor for nearly two decades, owed everything to him.

Mr. Justice Jayachandra Reddy was speaking at a function in which the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu , N.Ram, released a book "Democracy, Indian Constitution and National integration", selected works of Dr. Reddy, at a function organised by P.Obul Reddy Charitable Trust.

Dr. Reddy was "a versatile genius, who established himself as a man of letters, an eminent educationist, an astute politician, a veteran statesman and as an intellectual force".

His writings and speeches touched various issues. He cautioned politicians in an impressive way, "not to be on an unchartered voyage unmindful of the national interests".

Mr. Justice Jayachandra Reddy said a pack of three books containing the selected works of Dr. Reddy had been priced at Rs.1,000. The sale proceeds of the sets and of the publications would be utilised to erect a bronze statue of Dr. Reddy in Chitoor, headquarters of his native district.

Mr. Ram said that skimming the writings of Dr. Reddy, who was an outstanding intellectual, would show his uninhibited and lively mind. He was not afraid to be unpopular and he was a fearless critic. In politics, he had a very political mind and he never hesitated to record his opinions. The theme of the book released today was important and Dr. Reddy's insights into democracy revealed his depth. He was also secular to the core.

Speakers including S. Natarajan, former judge, Supreme Court, Pratap C. Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals and P. Obul Reddy, industrialist, recalled Dr. Reddy's services to society and stressed that his works were significant in the present day context. Mr. Justice Natarajan said Dr. Reddy had the interests of the nation at heart. Unlike the slanging matches in the political arena today, his speeches, were refined and cultured. Dr. Pradap C. Reddy announced a contribution of Rs. 1 lakh towards the erection of the educationist's statue.

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