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Garapaty Satyanarayana

(1911 – 2002) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Garapaty-Satyanarayana

Garapaty Satyanarayana (Aged 91) was born on 6 September 1911, Pedapadu, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a veteran freedom fighter and legislator, who became the first elected Member of the Legislative Assembly from the Eluru constituency in Andhra Pradesh, India. He gave up his Studies after completing the 3rd form to participate in the Indian Freedom Struggle.

Enraged by the freedom struggle against British rule, Satyanarayana entered active politics in his late teens. He was arrested for the first time in 1930 when he was 19 years old and was sent to the minors’ block of Vellore jail. Police arrested him on several occasions, even at gunpoint, under the Civil Disobedience Act, Anti-War Prevention and Detention Act, and the Defence of India Rules. He spent more than ten years in different prisons during the freedom struggle.

He was also arrested and lathi-charged for his participation in the Quit India Movement and the Telangana Agitation. The aggressive Satyanarayana played an active role even during his imprisonment by participating in hunger strikes and agitations.

He was one of the most prominent freedom fighters of the West Godavari district, a great orator, and a crowd-puller. He was respected by all, irrespective of their political ideologies. He not only was a political leader but also helped set up various workers’ unions and organizations for the welfare of workers and served as a trade union leader in several of them. He passed away by 13 December 2002, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.