A True Politician – Gouthu Latchanna
Gouthu Latchana, born on 16th August 1909 in Baruva of Sompeta mandal of Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh was not only the pride of the Telugu people but of the entire nation. Latchana was a very determined and resilient freedom fighter who served the people of our land till he could drag himself to walk. Being the eighth son of Toddy Tapper Chittaiah and Rajamma, he had a very humble beginning.
Gouthu Latchana rose to prominence for his exemplary works for farmers and the backward sections of the society. During the nationalist movement, he actively took part in a number of movements launched by the front line freedom fighters. In 1921, he was imprisoned for being a part of the Salt Satyagraha initiated by Mahatma Gandhi.
Gouthu Latchanna Biography:
|Date of Birth
|16th August 1909
|Wife : Yashodha Devi
|Son : Gouthu Shyama Sundar Sivaji
|Daughter : Jhansi Lakshmi Ravala
|Daughter : Susila Devi Kasimkota
|Place of Birth
|Baruva, Sompeta, Srikakulam
|Date of Death
|19 April 2006
Gouthu Latchanna Journey After Independence:
Even after India got independence, he didn’t find the time apt to sit back and rest. He brought together masses of toddy tappers who were rendered unemployed by the prohibition act enforced by Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu and launched a no confidence motion which eventually led to the collapse of the government.
Gothu Lachanna strived to restore the integrity of every section of the society and so there was no end to his endeavours. He took part in the movement that demanded Andhra Pradesh as a separate state to uphold the identity of the Telugu speakers. He was part of the committee formed by the government of India for the purpose and represented the Krishikar Lok Party. The struggle paid off and Andhra Pradesh was declared a separate state on 1st October 1953 .
Gouthu Latchanna Achievements:
All through his life, he dedicatedly served the nation and was even cited as an inspiration for the youth by Atal Vihari Vajpayee. For his determined fight against the British rule, he was conferred the title of ‘Sardar.’ A true patriot and devoted servant of the nation, Sardar left for his heavenly abode on 19 April 2006 at the age of 98 leaving behind his stories to be cherished by generations to come.
Gouthu Latchanna Family:
Gouthu Lachanna married to Yashodha Devi and he is survived by son Gouthu Shyama Sundar Sivaji, who is Ex-MLA from Sompeta, and two daughters Jhansi Lakshmi Ravala and Susila Devi Kasimkota.