Deccan Chronicle

Celebrating sweet 70

Deccan Chronicle| Arjun R Shankar

Published on: August 14, 2017 | Updated on: August 14, 2017

They spilled blood, spoke in different languages and differed in dress, food, festivals and celebrations.

70 years of independence.

70 years of independence.

The proud sons and daughters of India dived into the freedom struggle without fear to liberate the motherland from the clutches of the foreign yoke. They spilled blood, spoke in different languages and differed in dress, food, festivals and celebrations. Yet they shared the same feeling, the feeling of oneness. They brewed intimate bonds and toiled to achieve independence. India is undoubtedly the land of Unity in Diversity. Whatever be the language, the feeling of independence is the same.

Telugu — Svatantyramu
Kannada — Svatantrya
Tamil — Sutantiram
Malayalam — Swantantriyam
Marathi — Svatantrya
Gujarati — Svatantrata/ Svantantrya
Urdu — Azadi
Bangla — Swadhinata
Hindi — Swantrata/Azadi
Punjabi — Azadi
Odia — Swadhinata
Sanskrrit — Swantrantrya
Nepali — Svatantrata


Alluri SeethaRama Raju: He is remembered for his veritable guerrilla war between August 1922 and May 1924 in the semi-tribal Rampa region in north of the Godavari. He pinned the badges of King George’s picture on it and said: "I pinned it on my shirt near my heart to remind all of you that a foreign ruler is crushing our lives."

B. Pattabhi Sitaramayya
He was the trusted lieutenant of Gandhi. He was the infamous contestant for presidentship of AICC against Subash Chandra Bose in 1939. Apart from being a physician and a businessman, he has contributed for the progress of modern banking and insurance in Andhra.

Swami Ramanand Tirtha
He was a popular leader in Hyderabad during the freedom movement and the struggle against the rule of Nizam. He led the Hyderabad liberation struggle during the reign of Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad.

Maaganti Annapoorna Devi
She became the first ever woman in India to donate her entire gold ornaments to Gandhiji when he toured Andhra Pradesh and thus became a trendsetter among the Indian women.

Makhdoom Mohiuddin
He was revolutionary poet from Hyderabad. He was underground as one of the front-ranking leaders of the famous Telangana People’s Armed Struggle against the feudal rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad and the atrocities perpetrated by the infamous Razakars.

Potti Sriramulu 
He has become Amarajeevi for Telugus. He became famous for undertaking a hunger strike in support of the formation of an Indian state for the Telugu-speaking population of Madras Presidency.

Ravi Narayana Reddy
He was an eminent freedom fighter, philanthropist, reformer and parliamentarian. He spearheaded liberation of Telangana movement, peasant uprisings and was the founding member of the Communist party of India during 1946-1951.

Pingali Venkayya
He designed the initial version of the Indian Tricolour. He was a Gandhian who met the Mahatma as a young soldier in the British Army during the Anglo Boer war in Africa.

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