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Konda Venkatappaiah

(1866 – 1948) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Konda-Venkatappaiah

Desa Bhakta Konda Venkatappaiah (Aged 82) born on 1866 Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was also known as Konda Venkatappayya B.L., was a notable lawyer, Indian freedom fighter, and politician from Andhra Pradesh. During the early 20th century, he was one of the founders and the first editor of “Krishna Patrika”, a leading weekly Telugu magazine.

He studied at Mission high school in Guntur and Madras Christian College, graduating with a B.L. degree. In 1902, he founded Krishna Patrika along with Vasu Narayana Rao and edited the weekly magazine until 1905. When he moved to Guntur, he handed over the editorial responsibilities to Mutnuri Krishna Rao.

After leaving his law practice, he joined the Congress party. He served as secretary of the first Andhra Mahasabha conference held in Bapatla in 1913 and as president of the Nellore conference in 1917. He rose to the position of secretary of the All India Congress Committee in 1923 and served as president of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee between 1918 and 1923.

He actively participated in various activities of the Indian freedom movement and was jailed in 1930, 1932, and 1942. While a prisoner in Cuddalore jail in 1922, he translated “The Rise of the Dutch republic” (1856) by John Lothrop Motley into Telugu. He was drawn to the heroic saga of the Dutch led by William the Silent in the 16th century against the Spanish. He also wrote his autobiography in two volumes and Adhunika Rajyanga Samsthalu, which was published in 1932.

During the Civil disobedience movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930-31, he served as the President of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee and was in charge of the movement in the State. In 1937, he was elected to the Madras Legislative Council from Guntur-Tenali constituency and worked as Secretary of the Congress party. He passed away by 1948.