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Tributes paid to Potti Sri Ramulu on birth anniversary

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Hyderabad, March 16(UNI) The architect of separate Andhra Pradesh, Potti Sriramulu, who laid down his life for the formation of the state was remembered on his 105th birth anniversary today.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu, Mayor Tigala Krishna Reddy and Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Chairman Sudhir Reddy were among those who paid floral tributes to the leader who undertook a fast unto death for the separation of the Andhra state for the then Madras state and died after 55 days of fasting, at his statue near the secretariat.

Tributes were paid to the great leader all over the state and particularly his native Nellore district. The leaders recalled the great sacrifice he had made to unite the Telugu speaking people.

Sriramulu was born in Chennai in 1890. His parents were from Nellore district. Sriramulu had his early education in Chennai and then higher studies in engineering in Mumbai. He worked as an engineer for a while in the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. After his wife died in his 25th year, he joined the Sabarmati Ashram. He was admired by Gandhiji for his dedicated and sincere work. In 1946, he went to Nellore and devoted his time to Harijan welfare work and propagation of Khadi and village industries. He undertook three fasts during 1946-48 for the temple entry of Harijans in Nellore.

Sriramulu began his last fast on October 19, 1952 at Chennai for a separate Andhra state and continued his fast until he died on December 15, 1952. This resulted in wide spread disturbances and paved the way for the Nehru government to take a decision for the formation of a separate Andhra state. Thus Andhra State was formed in October 1953, which catalyzed the formation of other linguistic states.

On November 1, 1956 Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka states were formed, followed by Gujarat and Maharashtra in 1960.

The formation of linguistic states is the single most important event in the history of South Indian languages, as it provided an opportunity for these languages to develop independently, each of them having a state to support.

Sriramulu Potti has become Amarajeevi (immortal) for Telugus.

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