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Maganti Bapineedu

West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Maganti Bapineedu (1895—1969) lived at Chataparru, Eluru taluka, West Godavari district. He was born on 14 August 1895 to Ramaneedu and Mahalaxmi. He studied in Calcutta and obtained a B.Sc. degree in agriculture from Carnell University and M.Sc. degree in agriculture from California University. He was the first soldier from South India to join the Indian Defence Force at Calcutta University. After returning from the United States he actively participated in the various moments launched by the Congress party. He took part in the Salt Satyagraha campaign and was convicted of one year in prison on 14 May 1930. He was interned in Rajahmundry, Tiruchirapalli, and Vellore prisons and was finally freed on 14 March 1931 as a result of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact. From 17 November 1931, he was imprisoned for 6 months in Rajahmundry and Vellore jails. He participated in the Individual Satyagraha campaign and on 2 December 1940 he was convicted to one year in prison and a fine of Rs 100/-. He was transferred to Vellore and Tiruchirapalli prisons for detention. Beginning on 8 October 1942 he was detained at Vellore and Amravathi jails for almost three years. He was a member of Andhra University Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council, Chairman of Board of Studies, Andhra and Madras universities and President DCC, and member of APCC and AICC. He served the Harijan Sevak Sangh as its secretary and president and worked for the Harijan upliftment and rural reconstruction. He worked for the promotion of the cooperation movement and served as the Public Relation Officer of the first general elections in Andhra. In 1951 he was the organizing secretary of the Bharat Sevak Samaj in the southern area. He was also one of the founders of the Telugu Bhasha Samithi. In 1942, he published Andhra Sarvaswam, an encyclopedia of Andhra Desa. Author of various works, including successful secretary (1937), Telugu Talli (children's encyclopedia) (1945), Indo-Cambodia (1957), Bommala Bharatam (for children), Bapuji Chitra Jeevitham, and Andhra Veeranganalu, among others. For two years, he was a member of the composite Madras Legislative Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Public Information in 1937, and Government Chief Whip of the Composite Madras State in 1947. He died on 23 July 1969.