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Burgula Ramakrishna Rao Biography

Burgula Ramakrishna Rao Biography

బూర్గుల రామకృష్ణారావు జీవిత చరిత్ర

Dr. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao (13 March 1899 – 15 September 1967) was the first elected Chief Minister of the erstwhile Hyderabad State and also the first Governor of the newly formed state- Kerala in 1956. He later served as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh too. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao is also known for his struggles against the Nizam in the princely State of Hyderabad. He also played his part in the library movement of Andhra Pradesh.P V Narasimha rao also wrote a story on him. The story was given in 9th class Telegu textbook (Telangana state government) in 2nd lesson.

Early Life

Rao was born in a Telugu Brahmin family in Padakallu village of Mahbubnagar district in 1899. Burgula is his native place. He graduated from Fergusson College, Pune, and also took LLB from Bombay University in 1923.


He started his professional career as a lawyer in Hyderabad before he became active with social work. He actively participated in freedom struggle movement and took part in Quit India Movement. He joined hands with Swami Ramanand Tirtha and many other leaders to fight against Nizam, and played a significant role in the merging of Hyderabad to Independent India.

After the merger, he was a member of Vellodi Cabinet, and served as Revenue and Education Minister. In the first state assembly elections held in 1952, he got elected from Shadnagar constituency and took over the power as the first Chief Minister of Hyderabad state. He was also the last CM of Hyderabad who served a term of 5 years, before Andhra Pradesh was restructured merging with Telangana. He is known for several historic land reforms during his tenure as Chief Minister of the state. He then served as Governor of Kerala during the period, November 1956 to July 1960, and also served as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh till 1962. He was later elected to the Rajya Sabha. In which he served from 1962 to 1966. He died on 14 September 1967.

Personal Life

Burgula Ramakrishna Rao was married firstly to Smt Radha Bai and later to mrs.Ananthalakshmi Devi and is survived by his son, Burgula Lakshmi Narayana Rao.[2] His parents were Sri Narsing Rao and Mrs Ranganayakamma and his younger brother late Sri Venkateshwara Rao. His eldest son late Shri Burgula Ranganatha Rao died in 2008 and Shri Lakshmi Narayana Rao is his only surviving child.

Birth Centenary Celebrations

The birth centenary celebrations of Dr. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao were held under the auspices of the Government of A.P. from 13 March 1999 to 13 March 2000. AP Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, inaugurated the centenary celebrations, and a commemoration stamp of this great leader was released by the Department of Posts, Government of India, on 13 March 2000. The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, released the biography of this great leader on 31 August 1999 at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

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