Remembered for his revolutionary activism on behalf of India's Andhra State-formation cause, this follower of Mahatma Gandhi sacrificed himself for his Telugu people during an early 1950s hunger strike.
After earning an engineering degree from Bombay's Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, he began working for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway.
He was imprisoned for his role in the Indian Independence Movement's Salt Satyagraha (Salt March) of 1930.
He became involved with revolutionary causes following the 1928 deaths of his wife and infant child.
His death from starvation resulted in a series of riots and rapidly brought about the formation of an Andhra State by Indian Prime Minister Jawajarlal Nehru.