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Karnad Sadashiva Rao

(1881 – 1937) – (Karnataka)

Karnad Sadashiva Rao (Aged 56) was born in 1881 in Mangalore, Madras Presidency. He was an Indian freedom fighter from Karnataka, India, born to a wealthy south Indian family. After studying at Presidency College in Madras and law in Mumbai, Rao became involved in the Indian independence movement. He founded the Mahila Sabha to help widows and poor women. By 1919, he was fully involved in the Indian independence movement, being one of the first from Karnataka to volunteer for Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement. He was also one of the key members of the Congress Party and was responsible for expanding the party in Karnataka.

Rao spent all of his wealth in service of the independence movement and helping the poor. He attended the Faizpur Congress Session in December 1936. Penniless, Sadashiva Rao stayed in a leaky hut and caught a cold and fever. Despite this, he travelled to Mumbai without telling anyone of his condition. He died shortly afterward on January 9, 1937. Rao passed away without a single penny, without even having enough money to perform his last rites.