R. Balaji Rao

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R. Balaji Rao (1842–1896) was an Indian politician and Indian independence activist who was a founder and first Secretary of the Madras Mahajana Sabha.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Balaji Rao was born in a Thanjavur Marathi family in the year 1842.[2] He had his schooling and higher education in Tanjore and Madras and graduated in law. On completion of his studies, Balaji Rao practised as a lawyer before entering the Indian independence movement.[3]


Balaji entered politics and was one of the founding members of the Madras Mahajana Sabha.[1] He represented Tanjore at the first session of the Indian National Congress along with S. A. Swaminatha Iyer.[1] Balaji Rao established the Chingleput Ryots Relief Fund for the benefit of the ryots of Chingleput district.


Balaji Rao died in 1896.


  1. ^ a b c P. Yanadi Raju (2003). Rayalaseema during colonial times: a study in Indian nationalism. Northern Book Centre. p. 139. ISBN 8172111398, ISBN 978-81-7211-139-7. 
  2. ^ R. Suntharalingam (1974). Politics and nationalist awakening in South India, 1852-1891. University of Arizona Press. p. 352. ISBN 0816504474, ISBN 978-0-8165-0447-3. 
  3. ^ John Jeya Paul (1991). The legal profession in colonial South India. Oxford University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0195625587, ISBN 978-0-19-562558-5.