V. Ramachandra Reddy

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Vedire Ramachandra Reddy was, in 1951, the first landlord to donate land to the poor as part of the Bhoodan movement in Andhra Pradesh, India.[1][2][3][4]

Vedire Ramachandra Reddy got his title " Bhoodan " as he was the foremost person to help start the great land donation movement in early 1950s in Andhra Pradesh at a village called Pochampally in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. He was a great social worker and noble man. Acharya Vinobha Bhave, under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi, started the land donation movement in Pochampally village in April 1951 with initiation of donation of 100(later 800acres) acres (1 km²) of land from Ramachandra Reddy Vedire, which led to a total of 1 million acres (4,000 km²) of land donation and distribution among the poor in post independence era in India.

Ramachandra Reddy Vedire was born on July 13, 1905 and died on December 9, 1986. He helped set up a bhoodan movement in pochampally which is maintained under a bhoodan trust movement till date with the help of his sons.

Ramachandra Reddy was born into a very prominent family during the Nizam Rule in Deccan. He completed his law/Barrister training in Feguson Law college in Pune, After practicing for a few years, he resigned after he was fed up with British system and joined social reform and helped initiate Land Donation movement in Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh.


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  2. ^ Sharma, B. A. V. (1980). Political economy of India: a study of land reforms policy in Andhra Pradesh. Light & Life Publishers. p. 270. OCLC 7153593. 
  3. ^ Narayanasamy, S. (2003). The Sarvodaya movement: Gandhian approach to peace and non-violence. Mittal Publications. p. 33. ISBN 978-81-7099-877-8. 
  4. ^ Bharathi, K. S. (1998). Encyclopaedia of Eminent Thinkers: The political thought of Vinoba. Concept Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-81-7022-689-5. 

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