Paturi Rajagopala Naidu

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Paturi Rajagopala Naidu
Personal details
Born5 April 1920
Diguvamagham, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
Died21 September 1997(1997-09-21) (aged 77)
ChildrenGalla Aruna Kumari

Paturi Rajagopala Naidu, better known as Rajanna (5 April 1920 – 21 September 1997), was an Indian freedom fighter, parliamentarian, and kisan (farmer) leader. He was the political guru of Nara Chandrababu Naidu. He was an exponent of the peasant philosophy, and considered the father of the Indian Peasant Movement after Swami Sahajanand Saraswati.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rajagopala Naidu was born in Diguvamagham village in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. He went to school in his native village, and graduated from the Andhra-Christian College, Guntur. He received a B.Litt. in Economics from the University of Oxford. On his return to India, he took up teaching as Professor of Economics at Pachaiyappa's College, Madras (Chennai).[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

LokSabha Period Constituency Party
6th LokSabha 1977–1980 Chittoor Swatantra Party
7th Lok Sabha 1980–1984 Chittoor Swatantra Party

Naidu quit the Congress Party and founded the Bharat Krishikar Lok Party and the Swatantra Party, along with N. G. Ranga who was a trenchant critic of the cooperative farming idea. Ranga became the founder-president of the Swatantra Party, while Naidu became as secretary and held that post for a decade. In the general elections held in 1962, the party won 25 seats and emerged as a strong opposition. Naidu rejoined the Congress (I) in 1972 along with Ranga.[citation needed]


Rajagopala Naidu has one daughter, Galla Aruna Kumari.[citation needed]

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