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Yashodhara Dasappa

(1905 – 1980) – (Karnataka)

Yashodhara Dasappa (Aged 75) an Indian independence activist, Gandhian, social reformer, and Minister in the state of Karnataka, was born on May 28, 1905, in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, to a Vokkaliga family. Her father, K.H.Ramaiah, was a well-known social worker. Yashodhara studied at the London Mission School and later at Queen Mary’s College in Madras. Despite being born into a well-to-do family, she chose to become a social activist and join the Indian freedom struggle.

She was actively involved in the Forest Satyagraha Movement of the 1930s, which led to the imprisonment of over 1200 people, and the Vidurashwatha episode of 1938, where 35 people were killed in a police firing. For her participation in these movements, she was jailed. Her home served as a meeting point for underground Satyagrahi activities. Yashodhara also gave many aggressive speeches and wrote against the government when it decided to name a building after Hamilton, who was known for his brutality against the protesters agitating for freedom. Yashodhara Dasappa passed away in 1980.