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Duggirala Gopalakrishnayya


Duggirala Gopalakrishnayya (2 June 1889 – 10 June 1928) was an freedom fighter of Bharat from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. He was popularly known by title – “Andhra Ratna”

Gopalakrishnayya was a devotee of the Hindu deity Rama and he organised a cadre of workers whom he called Rama Dandu (meaning Rama’s Army) to work for the cause of swaraj. In 1921 the Congress held its annual session at Bezwada (or Vijayawada) where the Rama Dandu played a prominent role in organising it. Members of the Dandu wore saffron clothes and donned Rrudraksha beeds and vermilion and they participated in the meeting in large numbers. Mohammed Ali, the president of the session, was impressed enough to call it the Red Army of India.

Duggirala Gopalakrishnayya (2 June 1889 - 10 June 1928) was an freedom fighter of Bharat from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. He was popularly known by title - "Andhra Ratna"

Gopalakrishnayya was a devotee of the Hindu deity Rama and he organised a cadre of workers whom he called Rama Dandu (meaning Rama's Army) to work for the cause of swaraj. In 1921 the Congress held its annual session at Bezwada (or Vijayawada) where the Rama Dandu played a prominent role in organising it. Members of the Dandu wore saffron clothes and donned Rrudraksha beeds and vermilion and they participated in the meeting in large numbers. Mohammed Ali, the president of the session, was impressed enough to call it the Red Army of India.
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