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Dantuluri Narayana Raju

West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Dantuluri Narayana Raju (1893-1964) lived in Kompalle village, Kalla mandal, Bhimavaram taluka, West Godavari district. He was born on 6 May 1893 to Bappi Raju and Subbayamma. He was elected as Kompalle village president four times. He was the leader in Bhimavaram of the Salt Satyagraha movement started by Gandhiji in 1930. He spent 6 months in the Rajahmundry Central Jail before being convicted again to one-year imprisonment for engaging in the Civil Disobedience Movement. He spent his jail term in Rajahmundry, Cuddalore, and Vellore Jails in 1932. During his internment, he developed strong relationships with notable figures such as Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Kala Venkata Rao, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, and Bezavada Gopala Reddy. In 1952, he won the election to serve as a member of the composite Madras Legislative Assembly. He was a Member of the District Irrigation Advisory Committee from 1948 to 1957. Between the years 1948 and 1957, he was a member of the Senate of Andhra University. On 14 July 1945, he established a Degree College called West Godavari Bhimavaram (WBG) College in Bhimavaram in collaboration with Yarra Chandra Rao, Vegesna Kanaka Raju, Tummalapalli Veerabhadra Rao, and Gannabattula brothers. Dantuluri Narayana Raju served as the Secretary of the college and died on 7 May 1964. The same year the college was renamed Dantuluri Narayana Raju (DNR) College.