Alluri Sitarama Raju birth anniversary: 'It's a great day in our life', says great grandson

Alluri Srirama Raju was one among the family members and associates of the revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri, who were felicitated by PM Modi.

Published: 05th July 2022 07:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2022 01:21 PM   |  A+A-

PM Narendra Modi felicitates Bodi Dora, kin of Alluri’s aide Mallu Dora, in Bhimavaram on Monday. (Photo| EPS)

PM Narendra Modi felicitates Bodi Dora, kin of Alluri’s aide Mallu Dora, in Bhimavaram on Monday. (Photo| EPS)

By Express News Service

BHIMAVARAM: "It is a great day in our life. We never dreamt that one day, the Prime Minister of the country would come to Bhimavaram and launch the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of our great grandfather Alluri Sitarama Raju," an excited and exuberant Alluri Srirama Raju said after meeting PM Narendra Modi on Monday.

Srirama Raju was one among the family members and associates of the revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri, who were felicitated by PM Modi. He along with other heirs of Alluri came to Bhimavaram to attend the launch of year-long celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of the revolutionary. 

"It is really surprising for us that the people of Bhimavaram have come together and installed a 30-ft bronze statue of our great grandfather. We are thrilled by the gesture of Alluri Sitarama Raju birth anniversary celebrations committee," Srirama Raju told The New Indian Express.

All his family members got scattered in different places of Godavari districts, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad. "We feel it as a privilege that we were invited. My uncle Alluri Venkatrama Raju was felicitated by Modi. We are asked to sit in a special gallery. What can we expect than this," said elated Srirama Raju. 

He appealed to the government to protect the memories of Alluri in north coastal Andhra. "The credit goes to the Centre that it has decided to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Alluri in a befitting manner as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav," he said.

As part of the celebrations, the PM felicitated two heirs or family members of Alluri and his close aide Mallu Dora. After felicitating Alluri Venkatrama Raju (83) and Bodi Dora alias Bodi Raju (89), Modi bowed his head before them.

It may be recalled that Mallu Dora and Gantam Dora were the staunch followers of Alluri. They fought against the British in the Agency area of Eastern Ghats spread into Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts.

Venkatrama Raju is the son of Satyanarayana Raju, who was the brother of Alluri. Venkatrama Raju, who is  at the evening of his life, is spending his days in Hyderabad. Bodi Dora (89), grandson of Mallu Dora, was also felicitated by Modi. He was brought to the venue in a wheelchair.  

Venkatrama Raju said he was  indebted to the nation for not forgetting Alluri's sacrifice. He worked in the District Rural Development Agency and retired. He also expressed his happiness over the naming of the newly carved out Parvathipuram as Manyam district with Paderu as headquarters in memory of Alluri. Many family members of  Alluri attended the event.   

Modi also felicitated Alluri Sitarama Raju Celebration Committee organisers Nagaraju and Naniraju and took selfies with them. Film actress turned politician and Tourism Minister RK Roja also took a selfie with the PM and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on the occasion.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp