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Biography: A. Govindachari

Mr. A Govindachari was born to the purple. He came of a family of its wide culture and high traditions. Early in life he lost his father and became the heir to an immense fortune. His guardian was a great Vedic scholar and infused into the boy the messages of the sages of yore.

He moved to Rajamundry for higher studies. Then the Renaissance in Telugu literature and social life was heralded by Sri K.Veeresalingam Pantulu. He was enthralled by the teaching of Tilak. Mr. Govindachari actively interested himself in social service and political work.

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A. Govindachari

The advent of Gandhiji into Indian Politics transformed Mr. A Govindachari's life. Gandhiji's eloquence appeals found an echo in his heart. Since 1921 he is an avowed Congressman. He was imprisoned in 1921, 1930 and 1932.

For a decade he edited the “Satyagraha”. It was a fearless journal which upheld the nation's cause. His heart beat true to his only love-the common people. In 1932, the Government suppressed the journal and confiscated the Press. His journal was known for his candid criticisms and absolute fearlessness.

He is a champion of Democracy. His whole life has been dedicated to the application of high principles to statecraft. He wields a forceful pen. His works include "Mahatma Gandhi",  "Indian Economics" and the Development of Indian Polity. In recognition of his literary merits the Andhra Research University has conferred upon him the title “Bharati Tirthopadhyaya”.

A Govindachari is popularly known as “Angavastram Achari”. The reason is not far to seek. Since 1922 he is clad in loin cloth. His popularity lies on his facile versatility. He has enjoyed the friendship of the scholars and the adulation of the masses.

He possesses marked, clear sighted abilities. His courage and modulation, integrity and charm have made him a paragon in the Godavari District. He is a finished speaker gifted with powers to rouse audience to the heights of frenzy. Speech is the fiber of his life. He is ceaselessly working for the cause of freedom.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938


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