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Biography: Chandramouli

Mr. Chandramouli was born in Tenali, November 17th, 1899. His parents were a humble folks, God fearing and pious. Their influence on the child mind was profound.

In his nineteenth year he sailed for England without the knowledge of his parents, for higher studies in Civil Engineering. He joined the Aberdeen University in Scotland. He toured round the Continent. After his return he was appointed an Engineer in Irrigation Department.

He was enthused by the political ideologies of the West. He was particularly impressed by the organsation of the labour movement. He did not join the government post by stepped into political fray. In 1925 he was elected the Vice President of the Guntur District Congress Committee. He actively participated in the Swarajya Party election.

In 1930 he took part in the Salt Satyagraha. He was arrested and sentenced to one year's rigorous imprisonment. He organized liquor shop picketing. In 1932 he was again arrested and sentenced to one years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 500..

From 1933-36 he was elected the President of the Guntur Congress Committee. He was the Secretary of the Andhra Provincial Congress Committee for a year. As a member of the Parliamentary Committee he toured the whole of Andhra. He accompanied Gandhiji, Rajendra Prasad and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on their Andhra tour.

In the last election he was a Member of the Parliamentary Board for Madras. He was elected to the Assembly by am overwhelming majority of 14,000 votes. He is elected from the Assembly to the Advisory Board of Industries. He is an authority on the problems of Agricultural in debtness and village uplift.

He is an advocate of prohibition, and vocational education for women on National lines. He is the driving force of the progressive movement. His regard for peasants interest is magnificent. He lives among them and never deserts them. Every village in the Tenali District is an open book to him.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938

 

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