Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-29 20:07 Mangaluru: A programme to mark the 157th birth anniversary of social reformer Kudmul Ranga Rao was held at the DC office on Wednesday. Organised in association with MCC, Zilla Panchayat, and Social Work Department, the programme was inaugurated by MUDA chairman Ibrahim Kodijal in the presence of Mayor Harinath. Mayor Harinath praised Ranga Rao as a great social reformer who had worked for the welfare of the marginalised. “He is a great personality who empowered Dalits and created history,” he said. Paying homage to Ranga Rao, Ibrahim Kodijal remembered the great reformer’s work with Dalits. “Ranga Rao had played a major role in the upliftment of Dalits by making sure they were not exploited by the upper class,” said the chairman. Speaking on the occasion, Mugalavalli Keshava Dharani, Retired Motor Vehicle Inspector, termed Ranga Rao as a ‘Poor Man’s Advocate’ and lauded the reformer’s initiatives on opening schools and inter-case dining. “He opened 20 schools in Mangaluru, Udupi and Puttur for the education of Dalits and also started mid-day meals. He dined with them in spite of opposition from the society. Introduction of inter-cast marriages was an inspiring step take by Kudmul Ranga Rao. He married off his daughters to men from another caste to set an example,” said Dharani.