111th birth anniversary of the peasant leader celebrated

Peasant leader N.G. Ranga is known even today as the nation's pride as he opposed Pandit Nehru's proposal of cooperative farming, recalled Agarala Eswara Reddi, the former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh assembly.

Speaking at a programme by Madabhushi Anantasayanam Institute of Public Affairs (MAIPA) on Monday to celebrate the 111th birth anniversary of Acharya N.G. Ranga, he said Ranga had special interest and love for Chittoor district. “He even demanded that Tirupati be made the State capital during those days,” recalled Dr. Reddi, who is also MAIPA's founder-chairman. Ranga's strong commitment towards the farming community led to the emergence of a new entity called ‘Swatantra Party' on the country's political landscape, he recalled, appealing to philanthropists to install a statue of Acharya Ranga on the SV Agricultural College campus. Amara Raja group Chairman Galla Ramachandra Naidu said that Ranga's principles and ideas are relevant to the contemporary Indian scenario, referring to his enormous faith on rural and agri-based industrial units, rather than major factories, in improving the lives of the rural populace. Gandhian and former legislator of Palamaner T.C. Rajan and Ranga Jayanti celebrations committee convener K.Sudhakar Reddy spoke.

At ANGRAU

The day the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University was re-christened as Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) in mid-nineties was observed at Sri Venkateswara Agricultural College here on Monday.

Scientists A. Ramakrishna Rao, Giridhar Krishna, Krishna Reddy, Subba Rao and Srinivasa Kumar took part.