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Pullela Syamasundara Rao

(★ – 1940) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Pullela Syamasundara Rao hailed from the village of Ichhapuram in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, India. During his Intermediate studies in Berhampore, he discontinued his education as a response to the Non-Cooperation movement. He was imprisoned for seven months and one week, from February 8, 1922, to September 14, 1922, in the Berhampore and Cuddalore Jails for his involvement in organizing picketing at toddy shops. Rao conducted extensive tours to promote the Civil Disobedience movement in the district and participated in the raid on the Naupadu Salt Fields during the 1930 Salt Satyagraha. For this, he was sentenced to one year of imprisonment and endured six months of rigorous imprisonment, starting on January 16, 1932, in the Berhampore and Cuddalore Jails, along with a fine of Rs. 100. In 1934-35, he served as the Secretary of the Andhra Mahasabha in Burma and operated a weekly journal called Prajavani from there.

He also played a significant role in providing relief to people affected by the cyclone in 1935-36. As a member of the PCC, he took on roles as the Secretary and President of the D.C.C. and became an MLA in 1937 after defeating A.P. Patro. In 1940, he assumed the position of President of the Andhra Kisan Sabha. During his house internment in Ichhapuram, Rao fell critically ill and passed away on June 16, 1940.