Yashodhara Dasappa
Born(1905-05-28)28 May 1905[1]
Alma materQueen Mary's College
Occupation(s)Social reformer
Indian independence activist
SpouseH. C. Dasappa
ChildrenRamdas Dsappa, Tulasidas Dasappa, Prabha Mohan Champa
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Yashodhara Dasappa (1905-1980) was an Indian independence activist, Gandhian, social reformer and a Minister in the state of Karnataka.[2] She was politically aligned with the Indian National Congress and served as a Minister in the Karnataka state governments headed by S. R. Kanthi (1962)[3] and S. Nijalingappa (1969).[4]

Personal life

Yashodhara Dasappa was born on May 28, 1905, in Bangalore to a Vokkaliga family.[5] She was the daughter of K.H.Ramaiah, a well-known social worker. Despite being born in a well-to-do family, she chose to become a social activist and join the Indian freedom struggle.[6] She was a student of London Mission School and later in Queen Mary's College in Madras. Yashodara was married to H. C. Dasappa, a former minister in the ministry under Jawaharlal Nehru[7] and the younger son of the couple, Tulasidas Dasappa, was a Union Minister of state, in the Charan Singh ministry.[2]

She died in 1980.

Political career

She was reported to have been active in the Indian independence struggle as well as several social movements such as the Forest Satyagraha Movement of the 1930s which resulted in the imprisonment of over 1200 people,[8] and the Vidurashwatha episode of 1938 where 35 people were killed in a police firing.[9] For partaking in this movement, she was jailed.[10]

Her home was a meeting point for underground Satyagrahi (independence struggle) activity. She wrote and gave many aggressive speeches against the government when it decided to name a building after Hamilton, who was known for his brutality against the protesters agitating for freedom.[6]

While serving as a senior minister in the Nijalingappa ministry, she made news by resigning from the post in protest against the lifting of prohibition in the state of Karnataka.[3] The Government of India awarded her the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1972, for her contributions to society.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ "The Role of Women ,in the Freedom Movement of Princely Mysore" (PDF). shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Tulasidas Dasappa, former MP, passes away". The Hindu. 20 April 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2016.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Position of women in governance still weak". The Hindu. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Tulasidas Dasappa is no more". Deccan Herald. 20 April 2005. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ Gowda, H.H.Annaiah (5 September 1971). "Vokkaligas". The Illustrated Weekly Of India Vol.92, No.27-39(july-sept)1971. Bombay: Times of India Press. pp. 11–13.
  6. ^ a b "Yashodhara Dasappa: The firebrand Gandhian from Bengaluru who brought in women into the Satyagraha movement". InUth. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Union cabinet reshuffle: Karnataka gets lion's share in Singh's ministry". Anil Kumar M. The Times of India. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  8. ^ Dr. Melkunde Shashidhar. A HISTORY OF FREEDOM AND UNIFICATION MOVEMENT IN KARNATAKA. Lulu.com. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-1-329-82501-7.
  9. ^ "FREEDOM FIGHTER AND SOCIAL REFORMER SMT. YASHODHARAMMA DASAPPA". Karnataka Ithihasa Academy. 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  10. ^ itihasaacademy (21 August 2014). "Freedom fighter and social reformer Smt. Yashodharamma Dasappa". Karnataka Itihasa Academy. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Padma Bhushan Awardees". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Retrieved 4 April 2016.