Vennelakanti Raghavaiah

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Vennelakanti Raghavaiah ‌
Born (1897-06-04)4 June 1897
Singapeta villaage, Kovur tq, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh
Died 24 November 1981(1981-11-24) (aged 84)

Vennelakanti Raghavaiah B.A., B.L. (born: 4 June 1897 - died: 24 November 1981) was social worker and Indian freedom activist.[1] He was affectionately called "Girijan Gandhi" for his selfless service to the Adivasi people.

He is born at Singapeta village in Kovur Taluq of Nellore district to Vennelakanti Papaiah and Subbamma. He has completed Bachelor of Arts and Law (B.A.,B.L.) from Madras University. He has joined Indian National Congress led by Mahatma Gandhi and actively participated in Non-coperation movement, Salt Satyagraha and was jailed for 21 months. He was again arrested for participating in Quit India movement for two and half years.

He was elected to the Combined Madras State from Nellore constituency for two terms. He held the position of Parliamentary secretary in 1946 headed by Tanguturi Prakasam. During his tenure he fought for the scraping of Criminal Tribes Act of 1871.

He has received Padma Bhushan from Government of India in 1973.[2]


  1. ^ Raghavaiah Vennelakanti, Luminaries of 20th Century, Part II, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005, pp: 466-467.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.