Potti Sreeramulu

Potti Sreeramulu

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Potti Sreeramulu (; 16 March 1901 – 16 December 1952) (age 51), was an Indian revolutionary. He became famous for undertaking a fast-unto-death for achieving the Andhra State and losing his life in the process. His sacrifice became instrumental in the linguistic re-organisation of states. He is revered as Amarajeevi (Immortal being) in Andhra for his sacrifice. As a devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he worked life long to uphold principles such as truth and non-violence, patriotism and objectives such as Harijan upliftment.

Early life

Born to Guravayya and Mahalakshmamma at house no. 165, Annapillai street, Chennai.He belonged to the Arya Vysya caste. The caste members claim to be Vysya's of the south and are brought up in strict vegetarianism and belief in non - violence. He was naturally influenced by Gandhi who was leading the freedom movement of India through non - violent ways. He studied in Madras till he was 20. Later, he studied Sanitary Engineering in the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute in Bombay.

Career

Potti Sreeramulu joined the Great Indian Peninsular Railway and worked for about four years there. After the death of his wife in 1927 when he was only 26, he lost interest in the material world and resigned from his job. He divided property between his brothers and mother and joined Sabarmati Ashram as a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Independence Movement and Harijan Upliftment

He took part in the Indian Independence Movement. He was imprisoned for...
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