Munuswamy Shanthi of SHAR conferred with Nari Shakti Puraskar

Ms Munuswamy Shanthi, a scientist at SHAR, Sriharikota was conferred with Nari Shakti Puraskar. She is a notable woman scientist/engineer (SG-Meteorology & Wind Profiler instrumentation and range operations). Some of her most noteworthy work include commissioning the first Telecommand station at Port Blair in 2014. Ms Shanthi designed a mobile wind profiler and played a critical role in handling real time space craft anomalies thus avoiding contingency and fatalities.

Nari Shakti Puraskar (earlier known as Stree Shakti Puraskar), literally meaning “Woman Power Award”, is India’s highest civilian award for recognising the achievements and contributions of women. The awards are given away by the President of India every year on March 8, International Women’s Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

The Nari Shakti Puraskar is conferred on individual women, public and private institutions and public departments for their activism and/ or their contributions to the cause of women’s empowerment. The award, instituted in the year 1999 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, is given in six institutional categories and two individual categories. The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh and a citation.


Dodla Sunil Reddy of Dodla Dairy, Nellore

Dodla Sunil Reddy is the son of leading Nellore industrialist Dodla Sesha Reddy, founder chairman of Nelcast Ltd in Gudur. Nelcast manufactures a wide range of ductile iron and grey iron castings like cylinder blocks, housings, rear hubs, spring, shackle, brackets, and exhaust manifolds for the automotive industry.
Dodla family hails from Buchireddypalem, near Nellore. In fact Buchireddypalem is a settlement established by their ancestors in 18th century (Ref:  Dodla family donated hundreds of acres of land for health and educational purposes and even built the first women’s college in Nellore.
After completing his industrial engineering degree from Manipal, Sunil Reddy tried his hand at various businesses including mushroom cultivation, mango exports and construction business. Taking a clue from his father-in-law MS Reddy, a dairy scientist, Sunil Reddy finally launched Dodla Dairy from Chennai in 1995. The company moved its headquarters to Hyderabad in 2006.
Dodla Dairy’s first factory in Nellore, on the banks of Pennar river, became operational in 1997. Dodla family’s goodwill came in handy to easily procure milk from Nellore villagers. The company now processes over a million litres of milk per day in 11 processing plants with the milk sourced from over 2 lakh farmers and 66 chilling stations in Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The dairy employs about 1400 people and clocked sales of ₹1,600 crore last year. In the next five years, the company aims to boost sales to ₹2,500 crore and go for an IPO.
Besides milk, the dairy makes and sells milk products like curd, ghee, butter and paneer, not only in South India but also in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. It plans to enter into health drinks segment soon.
Sunil Reddy forayed into the African market in 2014, by acquiring Hillside Dairy and Agriculture Ltd, which owns a processing unit in Mbarara, Uganda. He also plans to enter Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the US in next 2-3 years.
Sunil Reddy established Global Vet Med Concepts, a company in private public partnership with the Government of AP and involved in the research of Dairy farming, Animal Nutrition and Animal Breeding.

Nellore snooker player Pandurangaiah going places

Ranked as No. 2 snooker player in India, the 27-year-old E. Pandurangaiah of Nellore gave a tough fight to the former world champion Shaun Murphy in the qualifying round of the Indian Open world ranking snooker tournament on 12th Sep.

Earlier, he shot into limelight with his stunning performance in the senior nationals final where he lost to the champion Pankaj Advani in February this year. 

Pandurangaiah lost his father when he was young and his mother (Venkatamma) brought him up working as an attendant in a Nellore. He had to discontinue education after second standard. Pandu learnt playing snooker 15 years back while working in a snooker parlour in Nellore. He started his professional career in 2008 and bagged 5 state championships and 14 runner-up trophies.

He now works with South Central Railways (SCR) and gets trained at the RRC club under coach S Simhachalam. Known as Pandu to his friends, Pandurangaiah is now aiming for a gold medal in the upcoming Asian Games.

Our Venkaiah Naidu is the next Vice President of India

Mr Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu of Chavatapalem village in Nellore district has been elected as the next Vice President of India. He will be taking office on 11th August.

A proud moment for Nelloreans and an exhilarating news for Chavatapalem villagers. Read more about Mr Venkaiah Naidu on Wikipedia.

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Mountaineer Masthan Babu

Malli Masthan Babu, 32-year old mountaineer from Gandhi Girijana Sangam village of Sangam mandal in Nellore district who has been missing in the Andes mountain range since March 24 has been  found dead. The Chile Government has confirmed the news from his fellow mountaineers and informed the Indian Embassy.


Babu is a top Indian mountaineer, who had set Guinness World Record in mountaineering by climbing seven summits in seven continents within 172 days.  He is also the first Indian to climb Mt Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica and first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale the Everest.

He is an alumnus of  NIT Jamshedpur, IIT-Kharagapur and IIM Kolkata.

Mamidipudi Anandam, a noteworthy politician from Nellore

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Sri Mamidipudi Anandam was born in Madras (Chennai) on 13th May 1919. He is the son of Padma Bhushan Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya, a noted political scientist and historical writer from Nellore. His daughter Padma Shri Shantha Sinha, a professor in politics, won the Ramon Magsaysay award for her work in eradicating child labour in certain parts of Andhra Pradesh.


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After graduating from Andhra University with BA degree, he became a successful tax accountant with his own firm M Anandam & Company in 1943. He eventually entered public life, serving as a member of Andhra Pradesh’s legislative council and, later, a member of the Rajya Sabha, in the Parliament of India.

He served as the secretary of Andhra Pradesh Sangeetha Nataka Academy during 1966-68. He also acted as the Managing Trustee of Andhra Mahila Sabha and Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya Foundation.

Sri Anandam passed away on 20th January 2001.



Padma Bhushan Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya, Financial and Political Scientist and Historical Writer from Nellore

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Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya was a financial and political scientist and historical writer. He received Padma Bhushan award from Govt of India in 1968.

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He was born on January 8, 1889 in Purini village of Kovur taluk in Nellore district to Venkatesham and Narasamma. After primary education in Telugu and Sanskrit he joined Pachaiyappa’s College in Madras where he completed B.A. and later finished his M.A. degree in History, Economics and Politics in 1910. He actively participated in the Indian Independence Movement while studying.

He worked as History lecturer in Maharajah college of Kakinada from 1910 to 1914 and as Economics and Politics lecturer at Maharajah college, Vizianagaram till 1927. He was the teacher to prince Alak Narayana Gajapathi. He was appointed as Diwan of Vizianagaram Samsthanam in 1927. He joined as principal of Rajah college at Venkatagiri from 1928 to 1931. Later he joined Andhra University as reader in 1931 and became professor in 1938 and retired as principal of University college in 1944. He was invited by Bombay University to head the Political and Social Sciences department between 1949 to 1952.

He married Venkamma and they had ten children: Annapurna, Godavari, Mamidipudi Narasimham, Mamidipudi Seetharam, Mamidipudi Anandam, Mamidipudi Venkateswarlu, Mamidipudi Pattabhiram, Mamidipudi Krishnamurti, and Mamidipudi Simhachalam and Vaidehi. Mamidipudi Anandam is a Chartered Accountant and twice Rajya Sabha member. Shanta Sinha is daughter of Anandam. Mamidipudi Pattabhiram is Associate Editor of The Hindu. Mamidipudi Nagarjuna was the son of Pattabhiram. He was an IAS officer and served as Collector at Guntur district.

He wrote many books on Indian history, constitution, encyclopedia, panchayati raj and politics.

  • Chief Editor of Sangraha Andhra Vignana Kosham (1958–1969)
  • Panchayati raj in Andhra Pradesh, 1967
  • Mārutunna samājaṃ, nā jñāpakālu, 1981
  • Āndhralō svātantryasamaramu, 1972
  • Evariki mī ōṭu?, 1951
  • The freedom struggle in Andhra Pradesh, 1965
  • Free and fair elections, 1966
  • The fundamental rights of man in theory and practice, 1944
  • The general election in the city of Bombay, 1953
  • Indian federalism, 1975
  • Local government in India, 1969
  • Mana paripālakulu, 1962
  • Mana śāsana sabhalu, 1963
  • Mānavahakkyulu, lēka, Prāthamika svatva siddhantamu, 1946
  • Pāriśrāmika viplavaṃ, 1964
  • Some aspects of democratic politics in India, 1967
  • Some theories of federalism, 1971
  • Vidyāraṅgaṃ, nāḍu-nēḍu, 1982
  • Vidyārthulaku okamāṭa, 1965
  • The welfare state and the socialist state, 1962
  • Mārutunna samājaṃ, nā jñāpakālu, 1981
  • Āndhralō svātantryasamaramu, 1972

He died peacefully at the age of 92, at his Secunderabad residence on 13th January, 1982. Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MV Foundation), Secunderabad was established in his memory in 1981. The foundation’s activities include Child Rights, Health and Natural Resource Management. His daughter Prof. Shantha Sinha, Secretary of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya (MV) Foundation, won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2003.



Padma Shri Shantha Sinha, Ramon Magsaysay Award Winner from Nellore


Prof. Shantha Sinha is an anti-child labour activist of international reputation. She is a Professor of Political Science in Hyderabad Central University. She lives in Marredpally, Hyderabad.


Shantha Sinha was born in an illustrious Brahmin family in Nellore district on 7th January 1950. Her father Mamidipudi Anandam, a successful tax accountant, went onto become a member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and later a member of Rajya Sabha in Indian Parliament.

Shantha Sinha did her schooling in St. Ann’s High School and Keyes High School for Girls, both in Secunderabad. She went on to complete her M.A in Political Science from Osmania University in 1970 and Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1976.

She married Mr Ajoy Kumar on 3rd Dec 1972. Ajoy died of cerebral haemorrhage while their two daughters were quite young. Elder daughter Dr Sudha Sinha is now the Asst Professor of Medical Oncology in Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center, Hyderabad. Her younger daughter Dipa Sinha is walking in her mother’s foot steps through her association with the Public Health Resource Network and the Right to Food campaign. Dipa Sinha has a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Shantha Sinha contributed to drastic reduction of child labour in Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh. Recognizing her work, the Government of India appointed her as the first chairperson of the newly formed National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She held that position for 6 years in succession.

She is the founder and Secretary of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiah Foundation, popularly known as MV Foundation, named in memory of her grandfather Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiah, another Nellorean of repute. Starting from 1991, MV Foundation (MVF) mobilised over 600,000 children out of work and into formal government day schools. MVF monitors around 500,000 children on a daily basis.

You can hear her express her views in this short video biography.


2003 – Ramon Magsaysay award for community leadership from Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Philippines

1999 –  Padma Shri Award from Govt of India

1999 – Albert Shanker International Award from Education International.


Bezawada Ramachandra Reddy, Buchireddipalem, Nellore


An illustrious politician, agriculturist and a supporter of liberalization, Sri Bezawada Ramachandra Reddy was born on November 24, 1894 to Sri Subba Reddy & Kamala (Dodla) in Buchireddipalem in the Madras Presidency. Ramachandra Reddy is a relative of Indian National Congress politician Dr Bezawada Gopala Reddy.


He entered politics immediately after graduating from the Pacchayappa College, Madras University in 1919. He started his political career as the head of Vavveru village. Later, he served as the sarpanch of Buchireddypalem village in 1921. He served as the President of the Nellore District Educational Council and was then elected as the President of the district board in 1929.

He married Dodla Sita, who gave birth to a male child Subba Reddy, named after his father. When his first wife Sita died post delivery, he married her half sister Dodla Bujjamma, who gave him 10 children – 5 sons & 5 daughters.

Reddy joined the Justice Party and won the elections in 1923, 1926, 1930 and 1934. Reddy served as the President of the Madras Legislative Council from November 6, 1930 to March 1937. Reddy resigned as Speaker following his defeat in the 1937 elections. Reddy dissented with Periyar when the Justice Party was converted into the Dravidar Kazhagam. He was first elected President of the Justice Party soon after the split in 1944. Reddy finally quit the party in 1952.

In 1952, Reddy contested the First Lok Sabha elections as an independent from Nellore and served as a Member of the Lok Sabha from 1952 to 1957. He served as the deputy leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha. On June 4, 1959, along with C. Rajagopalachari & N G Ranga and other senior politicians, Reddy floated the Swatantra Party with liberal ideas.

A staunch believer in business enterprise, he served on the boards of many companies like Madras Cements and Andhra Scientific Company, Machilipatnam as an independent director. But, he never seems to have invested directly in any industry, as he always believed in being an agriculturist.

He played a key role in getting the approval for Somasila irrigation dam, leveraging his acquaintance with KL Rao, the renowned irrigation engineer and politician.

Mr Ramachandra Reddy was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). At the age of 78, he breathed his last on March 19, 1973 in Buchireddypalem, his birthplace.

Primary Source: Wikipedia

Amara Jeevi Potti Sreeramulu

Sri Potti Sreeramulu (16 March 1901 – 16 December 1952), became famous for his hunger strike demanding the formation of a separate Andhra state. He lost his life in the process. His sacrifice led to linguistic re-organisation of states in India. He is well known as Amarajeevi (Immortal being) in the Andhra region.

He was born in Chennai (erstwhile Madras city) on 16th Mar 1901 to Guravaiah and Mahalakshmi. Their ancestors hailed from Padamati Palem village in Sri Potti Sreeramulu Nellore district. He studied in Madra until he was 20 and then enrolled for Sanitary Engineering course in Bombay. Later he took up a job in Great Indian Peninsular Railway where he worked for about 4 years.

Having lost his child and wife at an early age, he renounced family life by the age of 25 and joined Gandhiji in freedom struggle. During 1943-44 he worked to spread awareness on Charakha among Nelloreans. In 1946, he went on a hunger strike fighting for entry of Harijans into Venugopal Swamy Temple of Mulapet, Nellore.

He spent his later days in Nellore district fighting for the upliftment of Harijans. He breathed his lost on 15th Dec 1952 while on a hunger strike demanding separate statehood for Andhra.

The State of Andhra was formed on October 1, 1953, with Kurnool as its capital. On November 1, 1956, Andhra Pradesh was formed with Hyderabad as its capital.

No wonder, Mahatma had remarked “India would have attained Independence long back, if only it had a few stalwarts like him”.

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