“They need to be responsive to the changing needs and times if they have to stay relevant,” he said. Lavishing praise on erstwhile Travancore King, Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, Naidu said his historic Temple Entry Proclamation in 1936 was a “bold step”. “Sree Chithira Thirunal was a trailblazer in establishing sound systems of education and health. The erstwhile king was veritably an icon of good governance embodying the essence of “Indianness”.
“He visualised that socio-economic development must be inclusive. He knew that this would necessitate broadening the base of education and universalise access to good quality education,” the vice-president said. Naidu also urged people to draw inspiration from the great social reformer and work collectively to shape a vibrant, forward-looking India in the years to come. The 24th Sree Chithira Thirunal Memorial Lecture was organised by the state-based Sree Chithira Thirunal Smaraka Samithy at the Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala governor Justice P Sathasivam, state minister of cultural affairs AK Balan and members of the royal family attended the function.