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N. Subba Rao Pantulu

(1856 – 1941) – (Andhra Pradesh)


Nyapathi Subba Rao Pantulu (Aged 85) born on January 14, 1856 Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was an Indian social activist and politician who served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council from 1893 to 1909. He was one of the founders of “The Hindu” newspaper.

After qualifying for the Bar, he set up his practice in Rajahmundry in 1880, where he met Kandukuri Veeresalingam, a well-known Andhra social reformer. Subba Rao was inspired by Veeresalingam’s literary and social reform activities, and he became a leading lawyer in Rajahmundry within a few years.

Subba Rao had an interest in journalism and Telugu literature. While studying in Madras, he, along with his friends G. Subramania Iyer and M. Veeraraghavachariar, founded “The Hindu” newspaper in 1878. He also founded two other journals, Chintamani in Telugu and Indian Progress in English.

Subba Rao was a moderate in his political beliefs and did not support the activists of the extremists. At the same time, he supported the Swadeshi Movement as it fostered the growth of indigenous industries. Pantulu was involved in politics from an early age and served as the first Chairman of the Rajahmundry municipality.

Pantulu passed away in late 1940 at the age of 84. In a tribute that appeared in The Hindu in January 1941, he was hailed as “a man of magnificent vitality” and “a promoter of ‘liberal Hinduism'”. He passed away by 15th January 1941