Gouthu Latchanna

Gouthu Latchanna

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Gouthu Latchanna Profile

  • Name:
  • Gouthu Latchanna
  • Born:
  • August 16, 1909
  • Died:
  • April 19, 2006
  • Father:
  • Chittaiah
  • Mother:
  • Rajamma
  • Spouse:
  • Gouthu Yashoda

Gouthu Latchanna Biography

Gouthu Latchanna was a freedom fighter, social worker, social reformer and political leader from Andhra Pradesh. He lived during the period 16 August 1909 – 19 April 2006. A champion of kisans (farmers and agriculturalists), backward classes and weaker sections, he was one of the prominent leaders and social workers during his time in south India. He was only 21 when he participated in the Salt Satyagraha at Palasa, and got arrested. He was imprisonment in Rajahmundry central jail aftermath the civil disobedience in 1932. He also participated in Quit India Movement. He was member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for 35 years from Sompeta constituency. He was also actively involved in the Agitation for Andhra statehood, a separate state for Telugu speaking people.


Gouthu Latchanna was born on 16 August 1909 in Baruva, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. He was born into a big family as the 8th child of Chittaiah and Rajamma. His father was a toddy tapper. He was married to Gouthu Yashoda. Since young he fought for the rights of poor sections of the society, and was drawn towards freedom struggle movement too. He participated in Swaraj movement at the age of 21. He participated in Salt Satyagraha held at Palasa and got arrested. He got imprisoned for one month. Yet he continued with his support to freedom fighters and took part in civil disobedience movement, Quit India Movement, and many others. While serving his jail term as a part of civil disobedience movement, he came into contact with many revolutionaries and got drawn to their ideologies too.


After Indian independence, he presided over first Andhra backward classes conference at Guntur in 1948. He also served as a member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for 35 years, and led in front, Agitation for Andhra statehood and also for Toddy Tapper Cooperative Societies. Latchanna also took an active part in the agitation for the separate statehood of Telangana. He published his autobiography work, Naa Jeevitam in 2001. He passed away in 2006.

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Updated: July 02, 2018

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