Damodaram Sanjivayya

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Damodaram Sanjivayya
దామోదరం సంజీవయ్య
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
In office
11 January 1960 – 12 March 1962
Preceded by Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Succeeded by Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Personal details
Born (1921-02-14)14 February 1921
Peddapdu Village, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Cabinet Government of India
Portfolio Minister of Labour and Employment(9 June 1964 – 23 January 1966)

Damodaram Sanjivayya ( 14 February 1921 – 8 May 1972) was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, India from 11 January 1960 to 12 March 1962.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Damodaram Sanjivayya was born in a dalit family in Peddapadu village of Kallur Mandal in Kurnool district.[1] His father died when he was young. He was a brilliant student at the Municipal school and he took a bachelor's degree in law from Madras Law College. Even as a student, he actively participated in the Indian freedom movement.[3]


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.[4]

He was Minister of Labour and Employment under Lal Bahadur Shastry between 9 June 1964 and 23 January 1966.[5]

Chief Minister[edit]

He had the distinction of becoming the first chief minister among the first Dalit leaders 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.


Further reading[edit]

Venkat Rajam Ganapa: Damodaram Sanjivayya and his times. Mediahouse Publications, 2001, Hyderabad.


  1. ^ a b Life Hyderabad : Memorial for Sanjeevaiah. The Hindu (21 April 2005). Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ Rulers of India. Rulers.org. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ Obituary in Assembly Proceedings.1972. Megassembly.gov.in. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Presidents of Indian National Congress". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2007. . Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
  5. ^ Union Ministry of Lal Bahadur Shastry. Kolumbus.fi. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.

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