B. Satya Narayan Reddy

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B. Satya Narayan Reddy
Governor of Odisha
In office
1 June 1993 – 17 June 1995
Preceded by Saiyid Nurul Hasan
Succeeded by Gopala Ramanujam
19th Governor of West Bengal
In office
13 July 1993 – 14 August 1993
Preceded by Saiyid Nurul Hasan
Succeeded by K. V. Raghunatha Reddy
Personal details
Born (1927-08-21)21 August 1927
Annaram Shadnagar, Mahboobnagar, Andhra Pradesh
Died 6 October 2012(2012-10-06) (aged 85)
Hyderabad, India
Nationality Indian
Profession Politician

B. Satya Narayan Reddy (21 August 1927 – 6 October 2012) was a freedom fighter, Socialist politician and a former Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.[1][2][3]

Reddy died at the age of 85 on 6 October 2012 in Hyderabad.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Reddy belonged to an agricultural family from Shadnagar in the Mehboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. He was educated at the Nizam College in Hyderabad and graduated in law from the Osmania University.[6]

Freedom Fighter[edit]

Reddy, then only 14, participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942 and was arrested for taking out a students' procession protesting Gandhi's arrest. He later participated in the Hyderabad Peoples' Movement in 1947 where he organised a satyagraha movement against the Nizam's Rule for which he was arrested and imprisoned at the Chanchalguda Jail for 6 months. During his time in prison he edited the Payam-e-Nav, a weekly he circulated among his prison mates.[6]

Political career[edit]

Inspired by Acharya Narendra Dev, Jaiprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia, Reddy became a part of the Socialist Movement. He was a participant in Vinobha Bhave's Bhoodan Movement. Staying out the Congress fold, he was variously associated with the Socialist Party, the Janata Party and the Lok Dal. As a nominee of the Janata Party he was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1978. In 1983 he joined the Telugu Desam Party and was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha as its nominee in 1984.[4][6]

Gubernatorial Tenures[edit]

Reddy served as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 12 February 1990 to 25 May 1993 and as the Governor of Odisha from 1 June 1993 to 17 June 1995.[7] He also held additional charge of the Governor of West Bengal between 13 July 1993 and 14 August 1993. He was the Governor of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was demolished. The Liberhan Commission that inquired into the incident and its aftermath was scathing of the Governor's role describing him as having been in an "unacceptable connivance knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or unconsciously with the state government" and whose flawed and overly optimistic assessment of the situation became a major impediment for the central government.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All India Freedom Fighters' Organisation". 
  2. ^ http://orissa.gov.in/e-magazine/orissaannualreference/OR-Annual-2009/pdf/405-418.pdf
  3. ^ "SHRI. B. SATYA NARAYAN REDDY". Rajbhavan Lucknow. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Former U.P. Governor Satyanarayana Reddy passes away". The Hindu. 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ex-UP Governor Satyanarayana Reddy passes away". Deccan Herald. 6 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "SHRI. B. SATYA NARAYAN REDDY". 
  7. ^ "Brief History of Odisha Legislative Assembly Since 1937". ws.ori.nic.in. 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2012. "NAME OF THE GOVERNORS OF Odisha" 
  8. ^ "'Unacceptable connivance' of Guv". The Tribune. 26 November 2009. 
Preceded by
Saiyid Nurul Hasan
Governor of Odisha
1 June 1993–17 June 1995
Succeeded by
Gopala Ramanujam