A fitting tribute to son of the soil

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Special Correspondent

Statue of late Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar to be unveiled

  • Ayyangar came into politics in 1922 as Municipal Councillor
  • He was an authority on the Constitution and Personal law

    Tirupati: It is all set for the unveiling of the statue of late Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, a great son of the soil who had the distinction of being the second Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

    Born in Tiruchanur, the abode of goddess Padmavathi near here, late Ayyangar had his early education in the Devasthanam High School, Tirupati and from the Pachiappa's College, Madras.

    Joined Gandhiji

    Having graduated from the Madras Law College, he practiced as a lawyer at the age of 22 at Chittoor and joined the non-cooperation movement in 1921 under the stewardship of Gandhiji and courted arrest several times.

    Ayyangar launched himself into politics as a Municipal Councillor in 1922 and got into the Central

    Legislature in 1935 and was the Deputy Speaker under the legendary Lok Sabha Speaker, late Malvankar before eventually stepping into his shoes after his demise in 1955.

    He was handpicked by none other than stalwarts like by G.B. Pant and Pandit Nehru.

    Some of his contemporaries in the Parliament were Bhulabhai Desai, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sathyamurthy besides `Andhra Kesari' T. Prakasam Panthulu and Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya.

    Lok Sabha Speaker

    Ananthasayanam Ayyangar served with distinction as Lok Sabha Speaker for seven years and visited China in 1956 as the leader of the parliamentary delegation. In 1957, he hosted the first Common Wealth Parliamentary Association Conference in India and presided over the CPA Conference in Canberra in 1959.

    He was an authority on Hindu Law, Personal Law and the Constitution.

    He later became the Governor of Bihar and held the post with authority till 1967 before settling down in Tirupati.

    The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peeth located here owes its existence to the efforts of late Ayyangar as the Chairman of the then Kendriya Sanskrit Sanghathan which eventually metamorphosed into Sanskrit Vidya Peeth and finally blossoming into what it is now -- a deemed university with a sprawling campus. He breathed his last on March 19, 1978.

    Eminent scholar

    Agarala Eswara Reddy, former Assembly Speaker and the founder-chairman of the Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Institute of Public Affairs (MAIPA) under whose aegis late Ayyangar's statue is being unveiled at Tirupati describes him as an eminent scholar, powerful speaker, a noble humanitarian and an ethical person.

    The life-size bronze statue would be unveiled by S.M. Krishna, Governor of Maharashtra.

    Name of the MAIPA, committed as it is for the cause of healthy public debates on issues of national, international and social importance will go into history of Tirupati for its solitary effort in erecting a statue for Ayyangar as a befitting tribute to the illustrious son of the soil.

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