PM remembers Ayyankali on birth anniv

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today remembered social reformer Mahatma Ayyankali on his 157th birth anniversary and said that India would remain indebted to his works and vision.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “India remains indebted to greats like Mahatma Ayyankali. His work towards social reform and empowering the downtrodden will always inspire. Remembering him on his Jayanti.”

The Prime Minister also shared his old speech, which he had given five years ago on the birth anniversary of Ayyankali.

Mahatma Ayyankali was born on August 28, 1863, in Venganoor, Thiruvananthapuram. He was the first of eight children born to Ayyan and Mala, who were members of the Pulayar community of untouchable people.

He was a social reformer who worked for the advancement of deprived untouchable people in the princely state of Travancore in British India. Ayyankali also sought to improve access to education. He died at the age of 68 in 1941.

Ayyankali Jayanti is a regional Indian public holiday in Kerala on August 28th.