|Died||14 April 1972
Osmania University, Hyderabad
|Cause of death||Murder|
George Reddy (died 14 April 1972) was a research student in physics at Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India, who was murdered on 14 April 1972 in a student hostel by right-wing elements, aged 25. His death resulted from his controversial involvement in left wing movements . The event led to the formation of the Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU), a student body on the campus of the university that took its name from the PDS imprint that Reddy had used when publishing pamphlets.
Reddy was a university gold medallist and a keen boxer, remembered now primarily for his promotion of Marxist ideas and his opposition to social discrimination and inequality. According to a student friend, he was inspired by "the emerging Black Panthers movement in the US, the Vietnamese people's struggle against US imperialism and the peasant uprisings in Naxalbari and Srikakulam."
Reddy is the inspiration for the lead character played by Ajay Devgan in the movie Yuva and by Suriya in Aaytha Ezhuthu(tamil and telugu(Yuva)). At an event in 2012 marking the fortieth anniversary of his death, a short documentary film about his life, titled Crisis on the Campus, was premiered and also a book titled Reminiscences of George Reddy.
He was born in the city of Palakkad, Kerala to Leela Vergis and Raghunadh Reddy. He had four siblings, two sisters- Siril & Carol, and two brothers- Don & Joy
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- "PDSU founder George Reddy was AP’s Che Guevara". The New Indian Express. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2015.