We are celebrating our country’s 69th Independence Anniversary, let’s go down memory lane paying tribute to the Men and Women who made history.
On this occasion let us recall a few Freedom Fighters from Andhra Pradesh.
Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy – He was one of the oldest freedom fighters from Kurnool. After his attack on the British in 1847 his family was imprisoned. In pursuit of freeing them, he was captured, humiliated and hanged to death in the open. His head hung in the fort koilkuntala for 30 years. This was done to terrify the other freedom fighters so that no one dared to revolt against the British.
Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu – During the ‘Simon, Go Back’ protests a young man was killed so the police threatened to gun down everyone who came near. That did not stop fuming Prakasam, he tore open his shirt and dared the police to shoot him bare chest. The police gave way to him and other supporters after that. After this incident he was called Andhra Kesari, which literally means ‘The lion of Andhra’.
Pingali Venkayya – He was popularly known as Diamond Venkayya because he was involved with the diamond mining. He lived in poverty all his life, however, he was an expert in Geology. He designed our Indian National Flag after researching the flags of 30 different countries.
Sarojini Chattopadhyay Naidu – She was born in Hyderabad and was known as “The nightingale of India”. She traveled all over India giving speeches about Social welfare, Woman Empowerment and Nationalism. She was one of the women protesters during the salt satyagraha. She played a prime part in the civil disobedient movement. She was a writer and poet as well.
Potti Sreeramulu – He is remembered as “Amarajeevi” meaning the immortal being. He played an active part in the Indian Independence Movement, participated in the salt satyagraha and the quit India movement. The telugu speaking Andhra region was a part of the madras presidency. In order to preserve the Andhra culture he fought till death for a separation from the madras presidency. He died after 63 days of fasting. After Andhra was formed in 1953, several other states followed this protocol creating states on linguistic basis.
There are several other freedom fighters from Andhra who play a significant role as independence advocates.
P.S – Keep an eye out for our upcoming post ‘The Andhra and Telangana case simplified’.