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Pasala Anjilakshmi

West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Pasala Anjilakshmi (1904-98) was born in Dasulla Kumudavalli village, near Attili Mandal, West Godavari district, in 1904 to Venkataramayya and Venkamma, who hailed from West Vipparru village in the Tadepalligudem taluka of the West Godavari district. She Anjilakshmi joined the Congress with her husband Krishnamurthy when Gandhiji visited Vijayawada in March 1921. When Gandhiji visited the Ananda Niketan Ashram in Chagallu in 1929, the Lakshmi couple, who had a daughter at the time, gave gold to the Khaddar fund. She promoted widow marriages and fought tirelessly to avoid untouchability. During the Salt Satyagraha in 1930, Anjilaxmi was arrested while picketing at a foreign clothing store in Bhimavaram. She was sentenced to 6 months in prison on 20 January 1931. She was imprisoned in Madras and Vellore with her three-year-old kid. She was freed on 7 July 1931 following the Gandhi-Irwin Accord. She joined in the movement once again and was sentenced to ten months imprisonment on 27 June 1932. Despite the fact that she was six months pregnant, she was interred in Vellore and Cannanore prisons along with her 5-year-old son Adinarayana, where she delivered a baby girl on 29 October 1932. The family decided to call the girl Krishna Bharati. On 26 April 1933, she was freed from Cannanore prison along with her newborn baby girl who was six months old at the time. She, together with her husband Krishnamurthy, was instrumental in the establishment of the Dharmasupatri (public hospital) in West Vipparru, where she also worked. Her sacrifice is great for those who love the country. On 15 August 1972, the Government of India presented them with a Silver Medal in honour of their efforts in the freedom cause. On 2 October 1995, the Andhra Mahila Sabha in Hyderabad specifically welcomed and honored Anjilakshmi; she was again honored on International Women's Day in New Delhi in 1998. She died on 3 December 1998.