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District Administration commemorates 69th death anniversary of Amarajeevi Sri Potti Sriramulu

Andhra Pradesh

December 15, 2021

District Administration commemorates 69th Death Anniversary of Amarajeevi Sri Potti Sriramulu on 15.12.2021

Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to observe Vardhanthi of Amarajeevi Sri Potti Sriramulu state function on 15th December every year.

Sri KVN Chakradhar Babu, IAS, Collector & District Magistrate has paid floral tributes and commemorated the supreme sacrifice Amarajeevi Sri Potti Sriramulu the unsung hero from Andhra Pradesh during 75 years of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Amarajeevi Sri Potti Sriramulu (16 March 1901 – 15 December 1952)

Indian revolutionary, Potti Sriramulu was born in 1901 to Guravayya and Mahalakshmamma in Padamatapalli, Nellore district.  He became famous for undertaking a hunger strike for 56 days in support of having a separate state for Andhra Pradesh, he died in the process.
Sriramulu took part in the Indian Independence Movement and was imprisoned for participating in the 1930 Salt Satyagraha. Between 1941 and 1942, he participated in the individual satyagraha and the Quit India movement and was imprisoned on three occasions. He was a devout follower, avid supporter, and devotee of Mahatma Gandhi. He also joined the Gandhi Ashram established by Yerneni Subrahmanyam, in Komaravolu, Krishna District.

He undertook three fasts, during 1946-1948, in support of Dalit (a heterogeneous group of oppressed Hindu castes then referred to by Gandhi and his supporters by the contentious, though well-intentioned, term Harijan) rights to enter holy places, such as the temples of Nellore. He fasted in support of Dalit entry rights to the Venu Gopala Swamy Temple in Moolapeta, Nellore, rights which were eventually secured. He again fasted to receive favorable orders, passed by the Madras government, to further uplift the Dalit community.

Commenting on Sriramulu's dedication and fasting ability, Mahatma Gandhi once said, "If only I have eleven more followers like Sriramulu I will win freedom from British rule in a year."

The present-day district of Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore is named after him