As the other states of India participated in the National movement, even Andhra Pradesh has been deeply rooted in saving the motherland.
The fight for freedom is a widely discussed topic that has been covered by several articles. In this article, I will cover the important Andhra’s freedom fighters list who involved in the freedom movement;
It is important as study material for the preparation of bank exams; analyzes and draws several conclusions about freedom fighters, men and women, from Andhra Pradesh.
The population of Andhra suffered greatly during the reign of the East India Company. In fact, Andhra was part of the presidency of Madras at that time. Some rebellions took place here and there on the coast of Andhra.
The true sensation of political awakening arose in Andhra with the appearance of the Vande Mataram and Swadesh movements. Let us not forget the struggle for the freedom of tribal peoples, given the harsh policies and rules to which they were subjected.
The Upper classes of society as bosses and owners rebelled against the inequalities of the British administration. The revolts of the landlords (1843) of the district of Visakhapatnam show firmness in certain sections of the people against the restrictions imposed on by the British administration.
To recall history we cannot forget the man who designed the National Flag of India, it is non-other than “Pingali Venkayya” from Andhra Pradesh.
Here, I listed the freedom fighters based on the previous geographical state of Andhra Pradesh, which also includes the new State of Telangana.
List of Freedom Fighters in Andhra Pradesh
1. Alluri Sitarama Raju
- Born: 4 July 1897, Bheemunipatnam
- Died: 7 May 1924, Ambaragoppa
- Known for: Rampa Rebellion of 1922
Alluri Sitarama Raju was like a warier for tribal people who opposed the British rules mainly he revolted in the Rampa Rebellion of 1922 in present Andhra Pradesh. He made many attacks on the police station and killed several British officers but at last, he was caught by the British in the Chintapalle forest and was killed by tieing up on a tree and fired with a gun.
2. Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy
- Born: 24 November 1806, Rupanagudi
- Died: 22 February 1847, Koilkuntla
- Known for: Rebellion against British in 1847
Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy is another freedom fighter from Andhra Pradesh who was loved by the people for his braveness and helping nature towards the poor. In the First half of the 19th century, he and his team protested against the new rules introduced by the British and they were exploiting the low-status cultivators, it is estimated that he has killed almost 3000 British people.
3. Pingali Venkayya
- Born: 2 August 1876, Bhatlapenumarru
- Died: 4 July 1963, Vijayawada
- Known for: the flag on which the Indian national flag was based
Pingali Venkayya designed a flag based on the same flag that the current national flag of India was designed by doing modification in 1947. In 2009 a postal stamp was introduced with his image and in 2011 he was awarded Bharat Ratna. His contribution to the nation we cannot forget ever.
4. Potti Sreeramulu
- Born: 16 March 1901, Madras Presidency
- Died: 15 December 1952, Chennai
- Known for: Hunger strike for a separate state of Andhra
Potti Sreeramulu was the tough man we have seen ever, he made the strong decision of making a hunger strike to form a separate state for Telegu speaking people and he achieved it but he was not alive when his idea came into existence. Not only that he also participated in many National movements and got arrested multiple times.
5. Gottipati Brahmaiah
- Born: 3 December 1889, India
- Died: 1984
- Known as: Leader for farmers
Gottipati Brahmaiah is well known for his active participation in the freedom movement whether it is Simon’s commission nor the Quit India movement he involved in all major events and even went to jail protesting against the British. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1982 by considering his work for the nation.
6. Acharya NG Ranga
- Born: 7 November 1900
- Died: 9 June 1995
- Known as: Leader for farmers
Acharya NG Ranga joined his hands to Gandhi’s call in 1930, he wrote many books to educate people related to public causes and the famous one was Bapu Blesses where he had written his discussions with Gandhiji. Interestingly, he is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being 60 years serving as a Member of Parliament.
7. Sardar Gouthu Latchanna
- Born: 16 August 1909
- Died: 19 April 2006
- Known as: Sardar (Fearless fighter)
Sardar Gouthu Latchanna was a brave person who involved in Salt Satyagraha, Quit India Movement, and more. He was arrested when he was just 21, he was given the title Sardar for his fearless fight against the British. Latchanna was also the leader for Farmers, Weaker sections, and Backward class people.
8. Kalluri Chandramouli
- Born: 15 November 1898, Guntur
- Died: 21 January 1992, Guntur
- Party: Indian National Congress
Kalluri Chandramouli a devotee of Lord Rama who joined the freedom movement and got arrested multiple times for his actions against the British government. He did his post-graduation in Agriculture and also participated in the election of Andhra and served his tenure even after the Independence.
9. Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu
- Born: 23 August 1872, Vinodarayuni Palem
- Died: 20 May 1957, Hyderabad
- known as: Andhra Kesari (Lion of Andhra)
Tanguturi Prakasam was the barrister who took very important cases, he was inspired by Bipin Chandra Pal speeches and joined as editor in Swarajya Newspaper and also associated with the Congress party. He actively participated in all major freedom movements and bringing the masses together to support the same.
10. Kaneganti Hanumanthu
- Born: 1870, Guntur
- Died: 22 February 1920
- known for: Opposing collecting taxes.
Kaneganti Hanumanthu a rebellion who was against the paying of taxes to the British, he was a peasant leader involved in the revolt and was killed by a British officer. His question was simple we irrigated the crops in our land why we need to pay taxes?
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