Rajaji believed that the individual
was part of society and must make his contribution to social life. In 1917
he becamePresident of the Municipal Council in Salem. No sooner, did he
become President than the work of the local body got a new impetus. He
started adult education classes and also night schools for factory workers.
Schools for Harijans were also opened. Rajaji appointed a committee to
prepare a glossary (list of difficult words) in Tamil so those science
subjects could be taught in that language. He also drew up a plan for the
supply of water to Harijans. A Master plan for the development of Salem
was also formulated.
Rajaji did much to better the lot of
the Harijans. When he admitted Harijan students into a hostel, even some
elders whom he respected very much opposed him. But Rajaji did not relent