Kasinathuni Nageswara Rao

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Kasinathuni Nageswara Rao
Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao.jpg
A postage stamp of Nageswara Rao Kasinathuni
Born Yelakurru, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian (Telugu)
Other names Desabandhu Viswadata
Ethnicity Niyogi
Occupation Journalist, Politician, Nationalist, Theologian, Social Reformer

Kasinathuni Nageswararao, better known as Nageswara Rao Pantulu, was an Indian, journalist, nationalist, politician, and a staunch supporter of Khaddar movement.[1]

He participated in the Indian independence movement and in the Indian National Congress party, including Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement through salt satyagraha.

He was conferred with the title Desabandhu (uplifter of the masses) by the people of Andhra Pradesh. In 1935, the Andhra University honoured him with Kalaprapoorna, an honorary doctorate of Literature.

Early life[edit]

Nageswararao Kasinathuni, popularly known as Nageswararao Pantulu, was born on 1 May 1867 in Elakurru village, Pamarru mandal in Krishna district of Andhra to a Brahmin couple, Bucchaiah and Syamalamba.

He received his early education in his native place and later at Machilipatnam. He graduated from Madras Christian College in 1891.Kandukuri Veeresalingam’s articles in Vivekavardhini journal influenced him.

Business[edit]

After a brief stint in business in Madras, he went to Calcutta to work in an apothecary business for some time. Later, he went to Bombay to work in an office. But, he was restless and interested in starting his own business. He founded Amrutanjan Limited in 1893 and invented Amrutanjan pain balm, which soon became a very popular medicine and made him a millionaire.[2][3]

Entry into journalism[edit]

He approached Telugu people in Bombay, associated with them and worked for the welfare of Telugu people. He attended the National Congress meeting in Surat in 1907 and joined the freedom movement. He recognized the need for a Telugu language journal to campaign effectively for the freedom struggle and founded a weekly. Andhra Patrika, in 1909 in Bombay. In 1914, he moved the journal to Madras and reformatted it as a daily newspaper. Later, in 1969, Andhra Patrika established an office in New Delhi under the leadership of T. V. Krishna. In January 1924, Rao launched a Telugu journal, Bharati.

Desoddhaaraka[edit]

He was one of the founders of Andhra movement for a separate Andhra state from the Madras Presidency. He wrote and published several articles on the need for a separate Andhra state. He was the author of many of these articles.

Andhra Grandha Mala[edit]

Besides being a journalist, Nageswara Rao was also a publisher of Telugu literature. In 1926, he launched a publishing house known as the Andhra Grandha Mala. This institution published as many as 20 books besides reproducing many Telugu classics as well as modern writings. Its output was low-priced in order to bring it within reach of the common man.

Because of his exertions during the first two decades of the century, as many as 120 libraries came into being in Andhra districts.

Politics[edit]

Nageswara Rao was president of the Andhra State Congress Committee for four terms between 1924 and 1934.

He was involved in the salt satyagraha of the 1930s, led by Gandhi, and spent six months in prison for this. While in prison, Rao he wrote an exposition on the Bhagavad-Gita, a sacred text of India. He argued in this that the Bhagavad-Gita1 did not belong to a particular religion but rather to the entire humanity as a scripture of yoga for the spiritual enlightenment and prosperity of the entire world.

Recognition[edit]

A postage stamp has been issued to commemorate him.

Sri Bagh Residence[edit]

The Kasinadhuni family Residence was a beautiful and famous building[4] situated at 103, Luz Church Road, Madras. The house became a centre of patriotic activity with the visit of Mahatma Gandhi on 23 and 24 December 1932.[5]

Sribagh Pact[edit]

Sri Bagh Agreement as it is known is an agreement signed at the Sri Bagh Residence on 16 November 1937 and signatories to the agreement were K. Koti Reddy, Kalluri Subba Rao, L.Subbarami Reddy, Bhogaraju Pattabhi Seetharamayya, Konda Venkatappyya, Pappuri Ramacharyulu, R.Venkatappa Naidu, H.Seetharama Reddy. This was an agreement for development of Rayalaseema Region at par with coastal areas and part of the effort to bring in consensus among all the regions before formation of Andhra Pradesh carving out Telugu speaking areas from Composite State of Madras and unifying the areas of Nizam rule post independence of India. The agreement can be changed by mutual agreement.[5]

Death[edit]

Nageswararao Kasinathuni died on 11 April 1938. After his death his son-in law and nephew (sister's son) S. Sambhu Prasad(Sivalenka SambhuPrasad) took over the reins of Andhra Patrika group of publications and Amrutanjan company.[5] [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=sqBjpV9OzcsC&pg=PA704&lpg=PA704&dq=kashinathuni&source=bl&ots=D9a8B4niLl&sig=ilTGb7Ua81uY7Neepeq6wYSJSdo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FPYFUJmIBsbn0QGrzti1CA&ved=0CFMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=kashinathuni&f=false
  2. ^ Great Patriots of India Vol 1. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. 1991. 
  3. ^ S, Muthiah (1981 -2008 Sixth Edition). Madras Rediscovered Sixth Edition. Chennai,India: East West. pp. 458 – Chapter 11 – Of Peacocks and Lillies –at page 220. ISBN 978-81-88661-74-9. 
  4. ^ S., Muthiah (1981 -Sixth Edition 2008). Madras Rediscovered -Sixth Edition. Chennai,India: East West. pp. 458 – Chapter "of Peacocks and Lillies " at Page 226. ISBN 978-81-88661-74-9. 
  5. ^ a b c C V, Raja Gopala Rao (2004). Andhra Patrika Charitra. Hyderabad: Press Acedemy of Andhra Pradesh. p. 327. 
  6. ^ Great Indian Patriots Vol1. Mittal Publications. 1991.