|Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh|
11 January 1960 – 12 March 1962
|Preceded by||Neelam Sanjiva Reddy|
|Succeeded by||Neelam Sanjiva Reddy|
14 February 1921|
Peddapdu Village, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Cabinet||Government of India|
|Portfolio||Minister of Labour and Employment(9 June 1964 – 23 January 1966)|
Damodaram Sanjivayya was born in a poor dalit family in Peddapadu village of Kallur Mandal in Kurnool district. His father died when he was young. He was a brilliant student at the Municipal school and he took a bachelor degree in law from Madras Law College. Even as a student, he actively participated in the Indian freedom movement.
Damodaram Sanjivayya was Minister in the composite Madras State. He was the member of the provisional parliament 1950–52. In 1962, Sanjivayya also became the first dalit leader from Andhra Pradesh to become All India Congress Committee president.
He had the distinction of becoming the first chief minister among the first Harijans to have shouldered such high responsibilities in the cause of service to the Nation. He was known for his administrative ability and for his uprightness of character.
He wrote a book on Labour problems and industrial development in India, in 1970 published by Oxford and IBH Pub. Co., New Delhi.
- His statue was erected opposite Public Gardens in Nampally, Hyderabad
- A park, Sanjeevaiah park on the banks of Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad was named in his honor. His grave is also located inside the park.
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam one of the premier legal institutions in the country has been named in his honour
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- Obituary in Assembly Proceedings.1972. Megassembly.gov.in. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
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- Union Ministry of Lal Bahadur Shastry. Kolumbus.fi. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.