Ravi Narayana Reddy
Member of the Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byD.V. Rao
Succeeded byMohammad Yunus Saleem
ConstituencyNalgonda (Lok Sabha Constituency)
Personal details
Born5 June 1908
Bollepally, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana, India)
Died7 September 1991 (aged 83)
Andhra Pradesh, India
now in Telangana, India
Political partyCommunist Party of India
OccupationIndian independence movement, Telangana Rebellion
AwardsPadma Vibhushan (1992)

Ravi Narayana Reddy (5 June 1908 – 7 September 1991) was an Indian politician, a founding member of the Communist Party of India, and a peasant leader. He was a leader in the Telangana Rebellion against the rule of Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII. Reddy was also a philanthropist, social reformer,[1] and parliamentarian. He is renowned in Telangana for fighting on behalf of peasants.[2] Raavi Narayana Reddy also played a critical role in the Andhra Mahasabha as its chairman in 1941.[3]

Post 1947

In the 1952 Indian general election, Reddy stood for the People's Democratic Front, (a pseudonym for the banned Communist Party of India), and polled more votes than Jawaharlal Nehru and also the first one entering in the parliament in independent India.[4]

An auditorium, the Raavi Narayana Reddy Memorial Auditorium Complex at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, was built and named in his memory by the Telangana Martyrs' Memorial Trust.[1]

In 2006, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy presented the Raavi Narayana Reddy memorial national foundation award to A. B. Bardhan, Communist Party of India general secretary.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Patil hints at payment of pension to freedom fighters". The Hindu 22 September 2004. Retrieved 27 March 2011
  2. ^ Pavier, Barry (1981). The Telengana Movement, 1944-51. Vikas. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7069-1289-0.
  3. ^ Innaiah, N. (2002). A Century of Politics in Andhra Pradesh: Ethnicity & Regionalism in Indian State. Rationalist Voice Publications. p. 59.
  4. ^ Guha, Ramachandra (2008). India After Gandhi. Pan Macmillan India. pp. Part2 – chapter 7.7. ISBN 978-0-330-50554-3.
  5. ^ "Bardhan lashes out at critics of Left parties". The Hindu; 10 July 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2011