Name

Hon'ble Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju

Parents

Sri Dantuluri Bapi Raju (Father)

 

Smt Subbayamma (Mother)

Date of birth

06/05/1898

Birth place

Kopalle (A village near the Bhimavaram)

Hon'ble Dantuluri Narayana Raju as a part and parcel of freedom struggle

Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju is a patriot since his childhood. He played a prominent role in freedom struggle. At the young age of 21 he was the member of Indian National Congress, as a district delegate from south India. He participated in Ahmadabad Indian National Congress conference. We can understand with this, how he has followed Mahatma Gandhi in word and in deed and his patriotic fervor.

In the year 1920, he participated in Non co-operation movement with the call for Mahatma Gandhiji's, the father of our nation. He made success the non co-operation movement in Bhimavaram and its surrounding villages. He brought shiver in the Spine of thence British rulers.

In the year 1930 British government arrested Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju and sent him to Cannanore jail. In Cannanore prison he got an opportunity to get contact and associate with eminent freedom fighters like Hon'ble Chakravartula Rajagopalachari (Rajaji), Sri Raghava Menon, Sri Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya. With their association he understand the contemporary political situation and discussed in detailed the future steps of freedom struggle. He materialized the struggle what they dreamt and fulfilled their dreams. Such a great gigantic personality Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju. The thence British government laid many impositions and impediments in spite of hard ships imposed by British government. He continued freedom struggle to liberate India from the chains. He united the people and wage a war through Non-violence against British government such a great patriot Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju.

As a people's representative

In the years 1921-1934, he was elected Bhimavaram Taluk Board Chairman. He laid roads to Remote village, provided drinking water facility to salt water effected villages. Conducted free medical camps. With these people's friendly activities. He got a permanent place and got imprinted in the hearts of people in this area.

In thence British rule the District collector indigested with the participation of the villagers of Matlapalem, Siddapuram and Dirusumarru in salt Satyagraha, he ordered to stop drinking water to those villagers. As Taluk board president with his discretionary powers, he dared against the collector's orders provided drinking water to the above villagers. No one can dare, but only man of steel can dare, he was none but Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju.

In Vemuladeevi area he brought nearly eight thousand acres of waste land under cultivation. With this peoples friendly action he was praised by the people as Annadatha (food giver) in their area. During his tenure he started board schools (primary schools) in entire Taluk.

During the years 1948-1955 he was elected as MLA to combined Madras state and did a great dedicated services to the people and brought overall development to this region. He played a prominent role. He lingered longer on the lips of the people.

Sri Dantuluri as social servant

Before 1945 there was no college in this area. People had to move distant areas for their college education. He started a college ie WGB College (West Godavari District Bhimavaram College) on 4th July in the year 1945, brought the education at common man's door yard in this region. This is a land mark in the history of Bhimavram and a great leap forward in the field of education.

At present this college have been producing many scholars every year. In memoriam of his dedicated services, the college named after him (WGB College changed to Dantuluri Narayana Raju college). He was called Madan Mohan Malaveya of this region. At present DNR College imparting education from KG to PG giving qualitative education in this region got recognized and accredited 'A' grade by NAAC.

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhiji's services Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju for the first time in India provided boarding and lodging facility to the down trodden Harijans (Dalits-lower rung, down trodden people in Hindu society) in DNR College hostels.

In memoriam of his great dedicated services and to follow his foot steps. some elders of this region started DNR foundation to serve the poor and needy doing yeoman social service in this region.

The son of the soil, freedom fighter, people's friend, orphan's benefactor Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju. Climbed step by step mounted and reached mighty peak of mountain in name and fame.

The SON (the SUN) who awaken the region set. He left us in deep sorrow and reached heavenly abode on 7th May 1964.

 
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